A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows columns in the courtyard of the temple of Baal at the ancient city of Palmyra on March 14, 2014, damaged by artillary shelling in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. From the 1st to the 2nd century, the art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, married Graeco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID / AFP / JOSEPH EID        (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)