Site of Palmyra, Palmyra

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A World Heritage-listed attraction, Site of Palmyra once served trade caravans crossing the desert. After a major earthquake, the site remained lost for over five centuries--archeologists finally rediscovered it in the 17th century and excavated in 1924. A fusion of Roman and Persian influences, this desert gem stands as a major archaeological remnant of the various civilizations that once flourished in this part of the world. Make Site of Palmyra part of your personalized Palmyra itinerary using our Palmyra vacation planner.
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  • June 7, 2017
    I've been to Palmyra in the winter of 2010 and living walking distance to Ostia Antica and having available every day the wonderful view of the ancient Roman settlements, I never expected to stay so speechless admiring everything that is part of this archaeological site lost in the desert at 2 steps from the border with Iraq. The ancient Romans in this ancient caravan city have created something that has really incredible considering the climatic and environmental conditions and admire everything in this context made me cry; Today I cry even more thinking about the fact that they could make a mess of the ignorant past incredible proportions of this wonderful place.
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  • April 13, 2017
    I was lucky enough to visit Palmyra before the war. It was one of the best preserved Roman era sites in the Middle East. There was a hotel right next to the ruins. It wasn't very crowded, and you coul...  more »
  • February 13, 2017
    In September 2009 the year I was lucky enough to visit at that time peace Syria, including Palmyra. We (my wife and her brother) came to Tadmor (Palmyra residential part) later in the evening. We had a bunch of stuff, because we then had to go to Damascus (there's no storage cameras) and fly back. Because there were a lot of things we went to a nearby hotel, directly opposite the bus stop. In Moscow we strongly recommended to book your hotel in advance, but we didn't. And did the right, because we were the only guests. The bulk of the tourists arrived in comfortable buses late at night (the historical part is now probably should write "was" night illumination), quick view and back in civilized places. We also have walked under a starry sky and night light. It was not hot, ruins and more or less preserved buildings looked very grandly. Describe what we saw will not, on the Internet you can see everything. But here's a sensation-this thing is unforgettable. The next morning we again went in for a check-up. And then we realized how well we have done today by completing an evening walk. In 10:00 it was hot in 11-very hot and we were forced to seek protection from the Sun under the roof. I remember I was standing on the spot where God knows where stood a Roman Legion camp. I would climb on the stage of the ancient theatre, took place on the main street, right and left heaps of dilapidated pillars. Then we went to the Museum (thank God he was in the building) there has been a lot of artifacts collected on site. Bad enough that not all signs were in English and in French. Now that no, his Museum-igilovcy half-wits razed to the ground. Then I remember the boy a camel with a sign "Palmira-taxi". Close on the Hill stands a fortress built by the Arabs in 12-13 centuries, are also very interesting object. And I also remember numerous funerary towers nearby, there's climbing up the spiral stairs you see many mummified bodies of people who died long ago. In general it was all now that no! Although Arab fortress to save. Remember in the vicinity of Palmyra
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Before the war, Palmyra offered a solid set of mid-range hotels and budget backpacker lodgings, plus some higher-end establishments. The conflict changed the character of this area and affected its tourist appeal. You can still find basic rooms with air-conditioning, many offering quick access to the famed ruins. The more luxurious options provide rooms with a view of the ancient city.
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