Photographer's Note

After reading the news about Palmyra, I looked at my archive photos and I can't stop thinking what barbarity of the ISIS. This is side view of the Temple of Baalshamin, taken in the evening when all the tourists went to eat something or to make shopping and I was the only tourist in the area.
The Temple of Baalshamin was an ancient temple in the city of Palmyra, Syria, dedicated to the Canaanite deity Baalshamin. The temple's earliest phase dates to the late 2nd century BCE. It was rebuilt in 131 CE, while the altar before the temple is dated to 115 CE. With the advent of Christianity in the 5th century CE, the temple was converted to a church. Uncovered by Swiss archaeologists in 1954–56, the temple was one of the most complete ancient structures in Palmyra. In August 2015, Syrian officials and activists reported that ISIL had "placed a large quantity of explosives in the temple of Baalshamin... and then blew it up causing much damage to the temple," and killed Khaled al-Asaad, a prominent Syrian archaeologist who worked at the site. UNESCO described the willful destruction of the temple as a "war crime". (The note and photo from Wikipedia).

Only after uploading this photo I realized that it is repost, sorry :).
inside the temple.

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