The tragedy of Palmyra: First look inside one of world’s most magical ancient ruins – now utterly destroyed by ISIS; Hollie McKay; Fox

Syria – Site of Palmyra

In a world before ISIS, Palmyra was something of a sanctuary poised deep inside the south-central desert of Syria.

The Syrian city of Palmyra stood for decades as a shining example of ancient civilization, a caravan stop on the Silk Road that served as the capital of Queen Zenobia’s empire.

The city’s meticulously preserved Greco-Roman ruins landed it UNESCO World Heritage Site status, making it a top tourist attraction in the Middle East and a mecca for archaeologists and historians.

Now the city once known for its priceless ancient art and artifacts has been ravaged by ISIS, the terror group that has defiantly destroyed the cultural heritage of the lands they occupy.

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