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34 - QUESTION:  What oasis city of the Silk Road is known as the "City of Palms"?

Answer:  Palmyra.

The city of Palmyra, located in Syria, is an ancient oasis city of the Silk Road where the "Incense Trail," and overland subsidiaries of the "Spice Route" once met. Silk Road traders detoured to Palmyra on their way to the Mediterranean coast in search of Phoenicia’s royal purple dye. Purple silk was so expensive by the time it reached Rome that even the wealthiest could afford only a decorative colored strip on their clothes. The city’s ancient ruins date to the first and second centuries.

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