Replica life-size arc de Triomphe, built in Palmyra in the period of Roman rule and destroyed this year by militants of the «Islamic state» will be established in April 2016 in Trafalgar square in London and times Square in new York, reports The Guardian.
Replica of the arch, made from photographs, I will be built using a 3D printer. The reconstruction involved the Institute for digital archaeology at Harvard and Oxford universities, as well as «the Museum of the future» from Dubai.
In cooperation with Unesco volunteers of the Institute for digital archaeology with special 3D cameras, they are archaeological sites that may be affected by the destruction. We are talking about objects of the Middle East and North Africa, in conflict zones.
Palmyra, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, was captured by ISIS in may 2015. Even before this there had been concerns that the priceless archaeological site will be destroyed. The jihadists promised to break the «only» ancient statues – heathen idols, in conformity with the norms of Islam.
However, this promise was not kept. Among the destroyed monuments of architecture — the main Shrine of the city, the temple of Bela, and the triumphal arch, erected in the period of Roman rule.
They also dealt with the legendary Palmyra Keeper Khalid al-a’ad. 82-year-old archaeologist who has devoted research of the ancient city dozens of years, refused to leave and was executed to intimidate the locals.