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Friday, May 22, 2015

Palmyra under threat

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The photographs alongside and below are of Palmyra, an ancient Semitic city of Syria with some fantastic remains of its Greco-Roman period. An oasis that once used to be on a trade route was made into an amazingly beautiful city with it Hellenistic and Roman architecture. For its universal value to humanity it was declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.


And that Heritage Site is under serious threat from the ISIS who are
reported to have overrun the city. Iconoclasts as they are, it is feared that they are likely to destroy the colonnaded streets, magnificent temples and the superb more than 2000-year old funerary art. Reports of pillage despoilment have already been under circulation. The invaluable collection at the local museum having some irreplaceable 2000 years old arrtifacts are under
serious threat  I find myself somewhat concerned as, though I never had the occasion to visit it, I was exposed to Palmyra a few years ago through the book of Sir Julian Huxley “From an Antique Land”. It is almost like the cradle of civilization and that has fallen to men who are unthinking and insensitive to everything other than their faithThe photographs below are of Palmyra, an
ancient Semitic city of Syria with some fantastic remains of its Greco-Roman period. An oasis that once used to be on a trade route was made into an amazingly beautiful city with it Hellenistic and Roman architecture. For its universal value to humanity it was declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

And that Heritage Site is under serious threat from the ISIS who are reported to have overrun the city. Iconoclasts as they are, it is feared that they are likely to destroy the colonnaded streets, magnificent temples and the superb more than 2000-year old funerary art. Reports of pillage despoilment have already been under circulation. The invaluable collection at the local museum having some irreplaceable 2000 years old arrtifacts are under serious threat  I find myself somewhat concerned as, though I never had the occasion to visit it, I was exposed to Palmyra a few years ago through the book of Sir Julian Huxley “From an Antique Land”. It is almost like the cradle of civilization and that has fallen to men who are unthinking and insensitive to everything other than their faith.

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Phtos: from the Internet





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