Syria'south Palmyra arch, destroyed by IS, recreated in London

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 5:08 PM

The Arch of Triumph in Palmyra formed portion of one of the world'south most extensive ancient archaeological sites. The ancient city, a UNESCO world heritage site, was among Syria'south main tourist attractions before the civil war erupted in two thousand-eleventh.

Syria'south Palmyra arch, destroyed by IS, recreated in London

A 2.000-year-old triumphal arch destroyed by the Islamic State grouping in Syria has risen again — in replica — in London'south Trafalgar Square.

The Arch of Triumph in Palmyra formed portion of one of the world'south most extensive ancient archaeological sites. The ancient city, a UNESCO world heritage site, was among Syria'south main tourist attractions before the civil war erupted in 2011.

IS militants overran Palmyra in May two thousand fifteen, demolishing Roman-era monuments including the archway and two large temples dating back more than 1.800 years — and posting videos of their destruction online. Syrian government forces retook the city latest mo and authorities have begun assessing the damage to its ancient monuments.

Built below the Roman emperor Septimius Severus between A. D. one hundred ninety-three and A. D. two hundred eleven, the arch towered over the colonnaded streets of the ancient city, which linked the Roman Empire to Persia.

The six-meter (20-foot) Egyptian marble replica — about two-thirds the size of the original — was created by the Institute for Digital Archaeology from photographs of the original site using 3-D imaging technology and computer-aided carving tools.

"When I saw the destruction, I felt love I needed to do something to attempt and create it right," said Roger Michel, executive director of the Institute for Digital Archaeology. The institute is a joint venture between Harvard University, the Univ of Oxford and Dubai'south Museum of the Future.

"The first thing I thought was, when I saw Palmyra arrive down, is these folks are censoring history," Michel said.

London Mayor Boris Johnson unveiled the model Tuesday. It'll stay in London for three days before traveling to cities including NY and Dubai — and eventually to Palmyra itself.

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