Palmyra Theater

Palmyra Theater

Palmyra is the site of an ancient city, roman times, ruled by Xenobia, queen of Palmyra. Our hotel is only a mile or so from the site.  The dining room windows face the site, so in the morning, I drink tea and watch the sun illuminate the main avenue flanked with columns.   In the evening one of the few available activities is to   travel back to the ruins by bus and hike up  to the half ruined Arab fortress built on the ruins of Xenobia’s  castle.  The site  overlooks the plain of the city, laid out in a grid.  This is a speculator because no one has taken this area in hand and made an official tourist site.  Good for them, and good for us.  Tourists from all over the world, babbling in various languages and slang fight for purchase on a slippery shale, shard covered hill to watch the sun set over rather nondescript mountains. I turn my head and watch the golden rays light up the ruins of the ancient city.  I am entranced by a city in the heart of  this misogynist  country that was controlled by a woman, and how it prospered under the rule of a woman. And how her city still stands.

Palmyra, Syria

Palmyra, Syria

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  • Anarya Andir
    Posted on June 8, 2012 at 6:41 am

    When did you go there? Sad what’s happening in Syria now. There’s just so much to see in that country and now look how things are crumbling. 🙁 Great photos by the way!

  • catharinebramkamp
    Posted on June 12, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    There is! Every day I read about more terrible things in the paper and I think of my guide and his family – they are in Damascus but still, this is killing their people and economy.

  • Anarya Andir
    Posted on June 13, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Yes of course. You did meet people there personally. I hope they are all well. The worst part is the outside world just knows so little about what’s going on there. I hope that this terrible terrible state of affairs is sorted out in a peaceful manner.

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