Isis seize Palmyra: World mourns fall of Syria's 'Bride of the Desert' by sharing photos and memories
People are mourning the fall of Palmyra by sharing their memories and photos of time spent wandering through the ancient city before it was invaded by Isis.
The 2,000-year-old city often described by Syrians as the "Bride of the Desert” was once a tourist attraction that saw thousands explore its ruins. Overnight, the city fell to militants who have been battling soldiers at the gates of Palmyra for over a week.
The Unesco World Heritage Site is famous for its grand colonnades, temple, theatre, tombs and stone ruins. But news that it was overtaken by the same group that took great pleasure in demolishing ancient Assyrian and Roman-era sites in Iraq has left many wondering if future generations will ever get the opportunity to build their own memories there.
Once upon a time, I took a trip to Palmyra, which is now threatened by ISIS. Here is what it looked like. pic.twitter.com/AUgXBOaFiJ; DavidKenner (@DavidKenner) May 15, 2015
I'm grieving for Palmyra- a spectacular 2000 year old desert city in Syria-now in ISIS hands. My photo from 2007: pic.twitter.com/v7lbQwLuxO; Ivan Watson (@IvanCNN) May 21, 2015
#Palmyra is (was?) one of the most magical, ethereal places I have ever been. Will never forget exploring those ancient ruins; Isabel Oakeshott (@IsabelOakeshott) May 14, 2015
This was me, overcome with awe, in Palmyra 22 years ago. How many people will ever get to see it now? pic.twitter.com/1f8inYsx2W; Daniel Hannan (@DanHannanMEP) May 20, 2015
Independent News Service