As Islamic State militants seize the ancient city of Palmyra, putting its World Heritage site at risk of destruction, north east photographer James Sebright shares his images of Syria’s “jewel in the crown”.
I worked in Palmyra in 2010, on a personal assignment to gather images for stock libraries. Friends had told me that Syria was an “up and coming tourist destination” with a rich history and wonderful, friendly people and so I was keen to try and capitalise. I travelled around the country for three wonderful weeks, visiting sites of historical importance and meeting wonderful, warm, welcoming people. Palmyra was without doubt the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Syria’s many sites, a wonderfully preserved city with castles, boulevards and amphitheatres. I pray that it remains this way.
To see more personal images taken from James’s journey, visit his website.
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