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Title / Description: Monumental archway and Great ColonnadeCommentary: Palmyra is located in the southeastern area of modern Syria, about 150 miles from Damascus and 30 miles west of the Euphrates River. This picture shows the city's monumental archway. The archway led into the Great Colonnade, an important artery of the city which was over one kilometer in length. One end of the street terminated at the monumental Temple of Bel, the other end now leads towards the Q'laat ibn Maan castle built by the emir Ibn Ma'an Fakhr al-Din, who lived during the 16th and 17th centuries CE. The archway consists of three different portals, and is adorned with half columns and engaged Corinthian columns.
Provenance: Palmyra, Syria
Object Type: image - architecture
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land;
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East, vol. 4
Author of Commentary: Adam Mendelson
Source: Cutts, Edward L.