Islamic State (ISIS) militants have seized ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, putting the world heritage site and its priceless artefacts at risk of destruction. The capture of Palmyra, a former stopping point for caravans on the Silk Road, is the latest blow to efforts to hold back the advancing militants, following the fall of ancient city of Ramadi in Iraq.
Below are the facts need to know about Palmyra
- Ancient city of Palmyra dates back to the 1st and 2nd century and has been listed as a World Heritage site because of its architecture.
- Ancient city of Palmyra is also known as The Pearl of the Desert.
- Palmyra's ancient monuments lie on the southwestern fringe of the modern city, which is also known as Tadmur.
- It is also called Venice of Sands.
- The city of Palmyra has a strategic location militarily, as it links between the cities of Homs and Damascus through a vital highway.