Museum in Palmyra

Palmyra Museum

With improving but still patchy labelling in English and Arabic, Palmyra Museum is worth a quick visit to add some context to the ruins. There’s a good, large-scale model of the Temple of Bel in its original state a…
Castle in Palmyra

Qala’at ibn Maan

Perched high on a hilltop to the west of the ruins is Qala’at ibn Maan, also known as the Arab Castle or citadel. From here, there are spectacular sunset views over the ruins. Though it’s possible to walk here, many…
Architecture in Palmyra

Temple of Bel

The single most impressive part of the ruins and the most complete structure is this temple, also known as the Sanctuary of Bel. Although very little is known about Palmyra's deities, Bel is assumed to be the most i…
Entertainment in Palmyra


Palmyra's theatre, lies on the south side of the street accessed between two arches in the colonnade. Until the 1950s it was buried beneath sand but since then has been extensively restored.
Archaeological Site in Palmyra


There’s no entry fee and no opening hours for the ruins, although three sites (the Temple of Bel, the Theatre and Elahbel, one of the funerary towers)do have set hours and require you to pay. Allow at least a day to…
Archaeological Site in Palmyra


The agora was the hub of Palmyrene life, the city's most important meeting space, used for public discussion and as a market where caravans unloaded their wares and engaged in the trade that brought the desert oasis…
Architecture in Palmyra

banqueting hall

Adjoining the agora in the northwest corner are the remains of a small banqueting hall used by the rulers of Palmyra.
Archaeological Site in Palmyra


The cella was completed in AD 32, a date given in a dedication inscribed on a pedestal found inside the temple, and now exhibited in the Palmyra Museum. It's unusual that the entrance is in one of the sides rather t…
Bath House in Palmyra

Diocletian's Baths

On the north side of the great colonnaded way, four columns standing forward of the line of the portico announce the location of what was once a public bathhouse founded by Diocletian. These columns once carried a p…
Architecture in Palmyra

Diocletian's camp

Southwest of the funerary temple (at the end of the main street), reached via a porticoed way, is an extensive complex known as Diocletian's camp.