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Tower Tombs

This was probably the most interesting thing about Palmyra for me: these things can hold up to 300 corpses each, one stacked on top of the other. They've all been pillaged and the entrances are now sealed off but you can climb into them with a little effort, and see the fragments of human bones and imagine what it must have been like back in the day.
Leaving the SAR

January 28th 2005
I really wanted to use the string "Back in the SAR" as a subject, but it didn't work out. Syria is a very cheap and friendly country. Don't let people (or your government) tell you otherwise. It's also one of the safest countries I've been to so far, way safer than Turkey and about the same as Iran. I haven't seen or heard of any crimes (petty or otherwise) during my 1-month stay here. Sur ... read more
Middle East » Syria » South » Damascus

Syrian Flag Following the breakup of the Ottoman Empire during World War I, Syria was administered by the French until independence in 1946. In the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel. Syrian troops - stationed in Lebanon since 1976 in ... ... read more
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