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A man with his family drives a scooter near Palmyra. The World Heritage Site of Tadmor (Palmyra) is mentioned in documents from the 2nd millennium BC. It was a town that grew rich from the caravan trade, and made history as the captial of the rebelious Queen Zenobia, who was eventually subdued by the Romans. In the foreground are the Roman ruins of Baal Temple, and in the background, the 17th Century Arab fortress of Qalaat Ibn Maan.