The Destruction of Palmyra – the Pagan Temple of Baal Shamin

Illustration by Charlotte Handley

Illustration by Lottie Handley

As the mushroom cloud rises once again, in the middle, at its feet stand four columns – all that remain of the 2,000 year old temple of Baal Shamin. Their tranquility sustains before the fury of explosive destruction. There is a harsh contrast between antique creation and modern demolition. It shows the imagination of the human mind at the polar opposites of its capability.