The site of Palmyra, located in the Syrian desert not far from Damascus, is filled with towering ruins of an ancient city that used to be a cultural hub of the world. The city has origins dating back to the 1st century, when Rome took control of it and helped the city grow as a trade route to India, China and Persia.

It was built near a natural oasis in the desert, helping farmers and herders thrive. Rediscovered by travelers later in the 17th and 18th centuries, the architecture in this city then started influencing builders in that time. Today, the site of Palmyra is threatened due to the conflict going on in Syria.

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DATA

Region
Arab States
Country
Syrian Arab Republic 
Category
Cultural
Name
Site of Palmyra
Selection Criteria (?)
(i)(ii)(iv)
Year of Registered
1980
Keyword
Registered in 1980, World Heritage in Danger