The first tombstones of Palmyra began some twenty miles farther on; and soon we entered, by a starlit but moonless night, a dead valley overshadowed by ghostly hills, in the middle of which lay the entrance to a white and sleeping city. Or so it seemed; but as we approached we saw the scattered and gleaming bones of this skeleton of an ancient magnificence.Background here and links.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Palmyra in 1926
PALMYRA WATCH: From the archive, 12 June 1926: A trip to Palmyra in Syria. An archaeological congress in Syria takes our correspondent to Palmyra, ‘the skeleton of an ancient magnificence’ (The Guardian).