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Early morning among the ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra. Until the tourist groups are at least having breakfast in their hotels, a camel ride costs nearly half of the usual. And what is more important, you have all the site at your disposal.
Palmyra was an ancient Aramaic city.In ancient times it was an important city of central Syria,located in an oasis 215 km northeast of Damascus and 180 km southwest of the Euphrates at Deir ez-Zor.It has long been a vital caravan city for travellers crossing the Syrian desert and was known as the Bride of the Desert. The earliest documented reference to the city by its Semitic name Tadmor (which means "the town that repels" in Amorite and "the indomitable town" in Aramaic) is recorded in Babylonian tablets found in Mari.
Though the ancient site fell into disuse after the 16th century, it is still known as Tadmor in Arabic, and there is a newer town next to the ruins of the same name. The Palmyrenes constructed a series of large-scale monuments containing funerary art such as limestone slabs with human busts representing the deceased.

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