Palmyra Syria in 2011

Palmyra has (had) among the world’s greatest ruins of the Roman Empire. I stayed in Palmyra for three nights. This was in mid-May of 2011. I arrived from Hama. During my entire stay, I saw just one other foreign tourist, who was from Germany. I basically had Palmyra for myself. There was a lot of hiking as Palmyra was a large site. Most shots below were taken with a Nikon D300. I used a Bogen tripod for a lot of evening shots.

I stayed in this hotel while visiting Palmyra. It was right next to the sights. The town was small and seemed to be built specifically for the tourist industry, which had suffered since 9/11. Sadly, much of Palmyra now lies in ruins.


May 14th, 2011 (images are clickable)

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The Citadel – I went inside in the evening. It was a strenuous hike to the top.




Making tea:


May 15th

View from the mountain:

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Natives don’t like having pictures taken of them:



Rush hour

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May 16th

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May 17th

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(Coming up: Damascus & Bosra)


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