As history unfolds: a view of the Palmyra's ruins

Following the recent threats from Islamic State militia continue to unfold in Palmyra's monumental ruins, we would like to share a selection of historic photographs taken by Louis Vignes (1831-1896) on one of the earliest Middle Eastern expeditions to be photographically documented.

Click here to see Vignes' early photographs.

These pictures reveal the captivating beauty and power of this endangered cultural site.

To read a recent article published by The Guardian newspaper follow this link.