Islamic State Forces Have Seized The World Heritage Site Of Palmyra
So, ISIS continues on. They’ve recently conquered Ramadi in Iraq, now they’ve captured Palmyra in Syria.
In addition to holding strategic significance, Palmyra is home to some of the world’s most precious and important archaeological sites. Called the “Pearl of the Desert,” the town dates back to the First and Second century AD. It contains the monumental ruins of a great city that was once an important cultural center. From the First to Third century, it was a wealthy caravan oasis that intermittently fell under the rule of Rome.
Its stunning architecture is a unique blend of Graeco-Roman techniques, Persian influences, and local tradition. Palmyra’s grand colonnade is considered a major artistic achievement.
Thankfully, hundreds of statues were removed and transferred to safe locations within Syria prior to the incursion
Original Io9 article here.