Just unveiled: This reproduction of the famed Triumphal Arch of Palmyra, an ancient architectural work destroyed by ISIS in 2015. The 25 foot arch has previously been displayed in London and Dubai, and will be on view in New York City’s City Hall Park for @UnitedNations General Assembly Week. #UNGA #TriumphalArch
Via Gothamist. Thanks Andy for sharing!
Earlier this year, one of the Internet’s myriad conspiracy corners was abuzz with rumors that the 2,000 year old Temple of Baal would be rebuilt as a house of worship in Times Square. These rumors were nonsense but not without some vague connection to the truth—on Monday, a replica of the Triumphal Arch of Palmyra, the entrance to the temple, was unveiled in City Hall Park.
The actual Arch of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Syria, was destroyed last year in a terrorist attack by the Islamic State. It was originally the entryway to the Temple of Baal, but was later converted to a Christian church and, eventually, an Islamic mosque. In August 2015, ISIS militants destroyed the temple with explosives and beheaded the archeologist who had served as its caretaker for 40 years, claiming that pre-Islamic religious objects or structures are “sacrilegious.”
A 3D-printed replica of the arch, created shortly after the original was destroyed, is now on display in City Hall Park where it will stand until the end of this week before being moved to Dubai. It was previously installed in London’s Trafalgar Square. The replica arch was created by the Institute for Digital Archeology as part of the Million Image Database, a joint venture between the Institute and UNESCO which gives 3D cameras to volunteers so they can photograph and preserve threatened sites in Middle Eastern and North African conflict zones.
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