War has completely gripped the once majestic Syria, taking more than 300,000 innocent lives.
The silent witnesses to the violence and death are the many sites that once made Syria a top destination, blessed with its many well-kept and preserved heritage sites.
The buildings and structures that once witnessed monumental, historical events have now been reduced to a wartorn landscape as many of its previously bustling citizens flee to save their lives.
Site of Palmyra
In the northeast of Damascus lies the oasis Palmyra, a city that is considered one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world, having witnessed the life and industry of the earlier civilizations. Standing on the crossroads of different ancient cultures, Palmyra adopted Graeco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences in art and architecture.