A general view taken on March 26, 2016, shows the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, northeast of the capital Damascus, during a military operation by Syrian pro-government forces to retake the ancient city from ISIS. AFP / STRINGER
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Palmyra's ancient Roman temples and archway, blown up by ISIS fighters last year, will be restored once Syria recaptures the city from the ultra-hardline Islamist group, the head of the antiquities authority said on Saturday.ISIS militants dynamited the temples of Baal Shamin and Bel, as well as funeral towers and a triumphal arch, which had stood for 1,800 years in the oasis city described by the U.N. cultural agency as a crossroads of cultures since the dawn of humanity.Many structures were still standing, he said, including the walls around the Temple of Bel, the amphitheater, the long colonnaded avenue and Palmyra's striking tetrapylon -- a platform with four columns at each corner.But he said it would be impossible to assess the real scale of the damage until a team was able to visit the city, which has been under ISIS control since May last year.
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