Young and superb talented Moscow based photographer, Sergey Ponomarev captured maybe the last photographs of Palmyra, after ISIL takeover. Palmyra contains the monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. From the 1st to the 2nd century, the art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, married Graeco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences. Sergey photographed Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra when he visited the ruins last year.
Islamic State militants seized control of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur, ancient Semitic city that was first attested in the early second millennium BC as a caravan stop for travelers crossing the Syrian Desert. Palmyra has escaped the catastrophic destruction visited upon the Old City of Aleppo, a battleground since the summer of 2012. The Islamic State call their destruction of cultural sites a strike against idolatry: the possibility that militants would begin destroying the historic metropolis.