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  Palmyra's impressive colonnade, Dec 2006
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  • Palmyra's impressive colonnade, Dec 2006 - Palmyra
      Palmyra's impressive colonnade, Dec 2006
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  • Brackets once supported statues, Dec 2006 - Palmyra
      Brackets once supported statues, Dec 2006
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  • The colonnade, Dec 2006 - Palmyra
      The colonnade, Dec 2006
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  • Very photogenic! Dec 2006 - Palmyra
      Very photogenic! Dec 2006
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  • The colonnade with arch in background, Dec 2006 - Palmyra
      The colonnade with arch in background, Dec 2006
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Built mostly in the early 2nd century AD, Palmyra's legendary Grand Colonnade measures more than 1km in length. The avenue leads from the Temple of Bel in the east to the Funerary Temple at the western end, and makes two slight turns along the way, at the Monumental Arch and at the Tetrapylon. The two slight turns make this avenue unlike the cardo maximus in a traditional Graeco-Roman city plan, and have resulted from the city's Semitic origins. Many of the columns support brackets on which statues were placed, a Semitic tradition seen only in Roman Greater Syria. Another non-Roman feature is the lack of paving in the centre of the avenue due to its use as the main thoroughfare for camel-pulled caravans traversing the Syrian desert, though the porticoes on either side of the avenue were paved for pedestrians. The best preserved section of the avenue, seen in the attached photographs, lies between the Monumental Arch and the Tetrapylon. On these columns are the hanging pedestals on which statues of notable Palmyrene figures were once placed.

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