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TOURISTS CAN NOW VISIT SYRIA'S ANCIENT CITY OF PALMYRA FROM 2019

By Mukul Arora . 5th September 2018 11:30am
TOURISTS CAN NOW VISIT SYRIA'S ANCIENT CITY OF PALMYRA FROM 2019

After years of struggle, the Arab states of Iraq and Syria finally managed to get rid of ISIS terrorists. Now, the two countries are getting back to normal as the defense services of these countries have got their territories back from the rebels. The destruction of Palmyra in 2015 made headlines all over the world as many lamented the loss of this ancient wonder in the Syrian Civil War. Now with extensive restoration work already underway, there are hopes it could open to tourists again as early as 2019. Once Palmyra was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world, and the destruction of its stunning ruins are one of the most visible signs of the war on the country’s landscape. ISIS occupied the historic site twice, demolishing many of its ancient wonders – including temples, columns and the Arch of Triumph – but it has been under Syrian government control since March 2017. Unesco is in charge of the restoration and recovery of the site and now hopes it will be ready to welcome tourists again in summer 2019. The ancient city lies in the province of Homs, and the governor told there is plenty of international cooperation in the mission. This is the world’s history and it belongs not only to Syria. There are also good offers from the world powers to restore the artifacts and historical value of Palmyra. Many of the remnants of the statues are transported to Damascus, where they are being restored with the help of experts. Rebuilding efforts are underway in many parts of the country including Aleppo, where 30% of the Old City was destroyed completely and a further 60% severely damaged. The reconstruction includes hotels that are already re-opening and even a training programme for new tour guides.