The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra has been completely released from militant extremist organization Daesh, which is banned in Russia and many other countries.
The latest pictures of Palmyra show the destruction caused to archaeological monuments by IS militants during the ten-month occupation of the city.
In spite of the fact that some significant historical monuments were destroyed, most of the ancient city’s ruins have avoided destruction. According to the Director of the Department of Syrian Antiquities Maamun Abdulkarim, "generally everything is in good shape", while archaeologists "expected the worst."
UNESCO’s experts have yet to evaluate the damage that has been caused to Palmira.
The city’s ruins embody an important cultural center of the ancient world. In particular, Palmyra contains some of the best patterns of ancient Roman architecture. Many buildings there were constructed in the first and second centuries combine Greco-Roman traditions and the influence of Persian culture. The huge archaeological site includes more than a thousand columns, the Roman aqueduct, as well as the necropolis with 500 tombs.
More than 150,000 tourists visited Palmira every year before the Syrian conflict.