These islands are remarkable for a number of architectural remains of a very early date.
(3) Architectural plans and decoration.
As a rule the buildings of Palmyra do not possess any architectural individuality, but these tombs are an exception.
The almost complete destruction of the buildings on the Acropolis and in the lower city, among them many temples and shrines which religious send- the walls of ment might otherwise have preserved, facilitated the Themis- realization of the magnificent architectural designs tocles .
The cathedral is of great historic and architectural interest.