Ancient city of Palmyra in 2007 taken by me versus its current state after being destroyed by ISIS, taken from Getty images.
The first photo by me is the arch at Temple of Bel. Now, only the main arch is left standing.
Second photo by me is the temple of Bel taken from a distance. I went into the temple. For a 2000+ year old temple, it was quite interesting to see some cravings preserved until ISIS blew up the whole temple (like as if killing people is not enough)
Third photo by me is the city with hilltop fort in the background. Now, the hilltop fort is still there (partly destroyed), but the whole city is pretty much gone.
Palmyra is special to me because it is my first ancient ruin visit. I love history and visiting Palmyra was a dream come true. Too bad it's gone now, probably forgotten.
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