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. For Site of Palmyra and beyond, use our Palmyra sightseeing planning site to get the most from your Palmyra vacation.
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  • I had the chance to visit Palmyra a few weeks before the start of the conflict in Syria. A very nice site with architectural treasures, witnesses of the great past of this ancient civilization. We feel if little in the middle of the columns, the greatness of the past puts back us in our small place in the universe. It would seem that the site suffered much, it broke my heart to know that.
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  • 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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  • 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 »

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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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