Palmyra arch to be displayed in London’s Trafalgar Square

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Palmyra arch to be displayed in London's Trafalgar Square
The arch will be created using a 3-D printer and displayed in April

A monument from a temple in the ancient city of Palmyra destroyed by so-called Islamic State (IS) is to be recreated in London‘s Trafalgar Square.

The 2,000-year-old arch is all that remains of the Temple of Bel, part of the Syrian Unesco World Heritage site, captured by militants in May. It will be recreated from photographs, using a 3D printer.

The institute behind the project hopes the arch will draw attention to the importance of cultural heritage. IS militants have ransacked and demolished several similar ancient sites to Palmyra that pre-date Islam in Iraq, denouncing them as symbols of “idolatry”.

Alexy Karenowska, from the Institute of Digital Archaeology, which is behind the project, said she hoped it would help people understand how important it was to preserve cultural sites in war-torn countries such as Syria. […]

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