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“Absolutely fantastic!”
Review of Site of Palmyra

Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Palmyra
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

In the middle of the desert lost city - fantastic adventure! Don't mind the ever-present annoying local salesman (you just need to get use to them).

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Reviewed 16 December 2012

We were fortunate to almost have the entire site to ourselves. It is huge and full of amazing archeological sites. Our guide Fadi was so informative with his knowledge of local history going way back. So much history that it is hard taking it all in. By taking lots of photos and making notes each night I made a DVD of my adventure when I returned home. I visited here in April 2011 just as the uprising had commenced, hence not many visitors at the site.

2  Thank joydeM
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

This is the best sight in Middle East, I think. Right in the desert, so remote and still so very well taken care of.

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Reviewed 8 August 2012

The Syrian desert was an important part of the Silk road, crossed by the caravan coming from Asia bringing spices, incense, perfumes, tissues and other precious goods to Europe.
Castles were built in the middle of the desert by rich Arabic kings or princes in order to have a place to rest when they were going deep inside the desert to hunt.
Zenobia, the famous queen of Palmyra, used to spend time on her camel, enjoying the freedom of a ride in the desert.
The desert surrounding Palmyra is composed of a variety of different landscapes : mountains with diverse shapes, flat places with salty sand, a desert lake surrounded by mountains.
And the Bedouins are still living in the same traditional, hard and simple life as their ancestors. They are raising sheep, moving from place to place depending on the season and on the grass they will be able to find to feed their animals.
A desert trip in the Syrian desert is a combination of being alone and seeing Bedouins from time to time, enjoying flat and mountainous landscapes, walk on sand or on stony ground.
During the night, the desert sky is full of shining stars crossed by shooting stars which seem to have the mission of delivering human wishes to God. The silence of the desert brings to anyone a wonderful rest which lets the body recover from all the stress of the noisy cities and the pollution.
Sunset or sunrise in the desert is a magical and special moment during which landscapes are transcended by a beautiful color palette

2  Thank DaKid21
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

This sight is amazing in the setting sun with very few people around. The hawkers have all packed up for the day and the tour buses have left. You can wander around the site by yourself but must be there in opening hours for the Bel Temple and Amphitheatre. All other sites can be reached at any time.

The ticket also provides access to the tombs and the museum and is valid for 2 days so why not use them.

The colonaded street and the gate are the most attractive features here but the site is huge and requires a lot of walking so bring comfy shoes and plenty of water. The date farm out the back of the Bel Temple is nice to wander into as well.

The city would have been an amazing site when complete and a true oasis in the desert.

2  Thank tumbuna
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