In the last couple of months ISIL seized Palmyra and have begun blowing all the pagan ruins up.
There is nothing I can do or say, except to post some of my pictures to show what is being lost to the barbarian hordes of our age.
Great Temple of Bel (or Ba'al). His symbol, the eagle, is found on the lintels. Bel just means "lord" (the feminine version is Belit) and often gets affixed to other names and regional variants with different portfolios - fertility, the sun, thunder, etc.
The interior of the inner temple:
|The niche at rear was presumably for a statue|
Winged female figure, one breast bared:
Mysterious totally veiled figures:
Our guide described this as "Tiamat, goddess of catastrophe" (note snake legs)
First century tower- tomb:
It would contain many wrapped bodies:
The Great Tetrapylon:
The inscription of Julius Aurelius Zenobius: