Syrian monument to be re-created in Trafalgar Square in defiant gesture against ISIS
A replica of a 2,000-year-old monument in Palmyra, Syria, that apparently survived an Islamic State (ISIS) bombing campaign will be erected in Trafalgar Square during World Heritage Week in April 2016.
The Institute of Digital Archaeology plans to re-create the 15-metre (49-foot) replica of the ancient arch using 3D technology and photographs of the monument.
The arch is said to be all that remains of the Temple of Bel in Palmyra, which is considered to be one of the most important religious buildings of the 1st century AD in the Middle EastSatellite imagery revealed that the temple was almost entirely destroyed by ISIS in late August 2015. Founded in AD32, the temple was converted into a Christian church during the Byzantine era, and later into a mosque when Islam arrived in the region. Read more…