Sadly the predictions have come true. I am deeply saddened by it, yet another blow to a wonderful nation.

Wilbur's Travels

The ancient site of Palmyra in Syria is in grave danger of being destroyed. I am praying that it is not, but really fear that the wonderful ruins will be lost for ever to future generations to be amazed by.

I was fortunate enough to visit in May 2009 and here are a few pictures from the wonderful place taken by me and Hamish…..


And a link to the BBC article here – BBC Palmyra

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  1. Thank you, Wilbur, for preserving these bits of culture in some manner. Yes, the human lives being destroyed matter, but the hatred of history and culture to such a degree is childish and frightening.


    1. I think that although we of course all care about the human tragedy, we have somehow conditioned ourselves to be somewhat immune to it such is the regularity of such occurrences around the world. However, when something so ancient and irreplaceable is lost forever, this resonates more with our sense of loss and disbelief. It is a topsy turvy world without rational reason we live in sometimes.


  2. You were lucky to see it. Unfortunately this isn’t the first time ancient monuments have been destroyed and it certainly won’t be the last!


    1. Sadly very true. The destruction of nature is also appalling and often government backed.


  3. Thanks for sharing these photos, Wilbur. I never know when I can see the beauty of Palmyra. War destroys everything.. Everything…


    1. And achieves nothing……


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