Monday, June 15, 2015

Palmyra in 1926

PALMYRA WATCH: From the archive, 12 June 1926: A trip to Palmyra in Syria. An archaeological congress in Syria takes our correspondent to Palmyra, ‘the skeleton of an ancient magnificence’ (The Guardian).
The first tombstones of Palmyra began some twenty miles farther on; and soon we entered, by a starlit but moonless night, a dead valley overshadowed by ghostly hills, in the middle of which lay the entrance to a white and sleeping city. Or so it seemed; but as we approached we saw the scattered and gleaming bones of this skeleton of an ancient magnificence.
Background here and links.