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Before and after images of ancient Syrian city destroyed by ISIS

Drone footage shows famous Palmyra ruins retaken from ISIS
WATCH ABOVE: Drone footage shows famous Palmyra ruins retaken from ISIS

A photographer visited the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra last week, to document before and after images of the rubble left behind by the Islamic State (ISIS) after almost 10-month reign of terror.

Joseph Eid, a photojournalist with Agence France-Presse, returned to document what was left of Palmyra after the city was recaptured by Syrian government forces in March.

In 2014, Eid had visited the city to document the historic monuments and ancient artifacts before they were destroyed by ISIS.

Palmyra’s museum was heavily damaged by the Russian-backed airstrikes that helped drive the ISIS militants from the city.

READ MORE: Syrian experts shocked by damage inside Palmyra’s museum

During their rule of Palmyra, the extremists demolished some of its best-known artifacts and monuments, including two large temples dating back more than 1,800 years and a Roman triumphal archway. The sprawling outdoor site was one of Syria’s main tourist attractions before the civil war.

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Here’s a look at some of Eid’s documentation of Palmyra.

A general view taken on March 31, 2016 shows a photographer holding his picture of the Arc du Triomphe (Triumph’s Arch) taken on March 14, 2014, in front of the remains of the historic monument in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.
A general view taken on March 31, 2016 shows a photographer holding his picture of the Arc du Triomphe (Triumph’s Arch) taken on March 14, 2014, in front of the remains of the historic monument in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on March 31, 2016 shows a photographer holding his picture of the Temple of Baal Shamin seen through two Corinthian columns on March 14, 2014 in front of the remains of the historic in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.
A picture taken on March 31, 2016 shows a photographer holding his picture of the Temple of Baal Shamin seen through two Corinthian columns on March 14, 2014 in front of the remains of the historic in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images
A general view taken on March 31, 2016 shows a photographer holding his picture of the Temple of Bel taken on March 14, 2014 in front of the remains of the historic temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.
A general view taken on March 31, 2016 shows a photographer holding his picture of the Temple of Bel taken on March 14, 2014 in front of the remains of the historic temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images
A general view taken on March 31, 2016 shows a photographer holding his picture of the Temple of Bel taken on March 14, 2014, in front of the remains of the historic temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.
A general view taken on March 31, 2016 shows a photographer holding his picture of the Temple of Bel taken on March 14, 2014, in front of the remains of the historic temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images
A general view taken on March 31, 2016 shows a photographer holding his picture of the Temple of Bel taken on March 14, 2014 in front of the remains of the historic temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.
A general view taken on March 31, 2016 shows a photographer holding his picture of the Temple of Bel taken on March 14, 2014 in front of the remains of the historic temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on March 31, 2016 shows a photographer holding his picture of the museum of Palmyra taken on March 14, 2014 in front of what remains of the same spot after it was destroyed by Islamic State.
A picture taken on March 31, 2016 shows a photographer holding his picture of the museum of Palmyra taken on March 14, 2014 in front of what remains of the same spot after it was destroyed by Islamic State. Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

with a file from The Associated Press

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