Once a popular destination for tourists, Palymra is now inhabited only by locals.
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The fabled desert Greco-Roman oasis of Palmyra saw its last tourist in September 2011, six months after the uprising began. Its most recent visitors are violence and looting.Ancient Palmyra now bears the scars of modern warfare but also greed in the form of pillaged tombs.The UNESCO-listed "pearl of the desert" world heritage site in Homs province, just over 200 kilometers northeast of Damascus, was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world.It retains its majesty today, despite the tall-columned Temple of Baal suffering damage from shrapnel during artillery exchanges between rebels and President Bashar Assad forces.The Corinthian capitals of three pillars of the colonnade to the south of the temple have crashed to the ground.The official said the antiquities building next to the temple was ransacked, but worse than that was the pillaging of ancient burial sites.
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