In the Museum of Lyon a relief exists showing Bel facing Baalshamin, accompanied by Yarhibol and Aglibol. They seem to be at peace with each other, neither enemies nor competitors. I is a fine image of concord, peace, cohabitation and tolerance, radically removed from the scenes of hatred, incomprehension and war with which we now all associate the name of Palmyra.
Bass relief depicting Bel, Baalshamin, Yarhibol and Aglibol (© Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon)
Up until the year 2015 one could admire both the temples of Bel and of Baalshmin, magnificently preserved at Palmyra. Today they exist no more: they were razed to the ground and crushed by barbarians seeking global media attention and notoriety – which they achieved. Bel and Baalshamin are no longer united in peace and tolerance, but in a horrendous vision of war and destruction.