Photographs of the Ruins of Palmyra


The Getty Research Institute

A series of 29 images from 1864 capture the Roman ruins of Palmyra, Syria, at the dawn of photography. Taken by French naval officer Louis Vignes—a trainee of renowned photographer Charles Nègre—the collection records structures at this World Heritage Site, including the Temples of Bel and Baal Shamin, both of which were reportedly destroyed by ISIS this year. These photos, along with 18 further images of Beirut, Lebanon—also taken by Vignes—have been digitized and are available online for study and download.

Explore Views and Panoramas of Beirut and the ruins of Palmyra, 1864.

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