Palmyra was Syrias best known archeological site, influenced by ancient Greek, Roman and Persian arts and culture. Bassel Khartabil, Free Software developer, started with a 3d virtual reconstruction of Palmyra but is put in prison by the current regime of Assad. In recent months, Palmyra became known around the world due to its deconstruction by the Islamic state, ISIS.

Now the #NewPalmyra project was launched to “create a online community platform and data repository dedicated to the capture, preservation, sharing, and creative reuse of data about the ancient city of Palmyra”

The idea is to go on with Khartabils work, to give and use the power of the commons: “3D modelers, archaeologists, artists, curators, developers, educators, journalists, researchers, wikimedians and everyone else is invited to participate and the collected data will be released into the public domain under a Creative Commons Zero license at”.

I was lucky to visit Palmyra before the outbreak of the civil war. Now happy to share my pictures and geo locations with via Wikimedia Commons under CC0. Hopefully helps.

Funeral temple No 86, Palmyra

Columns and tombs in Palmyra

Inside the Temple of Bel,2, Palmyra

Inside the Temple of Bel, Palmyra

Temple of Bel-Shamin

Columns in Palmyra aside the road

Columns and Tetrapylon, Palmyra

Columns and Funeral temple No 86, Palmyra

Columns and space in Palmyra

Wall and tombs in Palmyra

Palmyra seen from west

Backside of Funerary Temple no 86

Camels in Palmyra

Sign of European Union funds, Palmyra

Column in Palmyra at night

Palmyra Ark at night

Palmyra from outside

Palmyra ruins from the west

Overview of Palmyra and surrounding

Tempel des Baal in Palmyra