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Syria: Damascus displays replica of destroyed Palmyra altar03:07

Syria: Damascus displays replica of destroyed Palmyra altar

Syrian Arab Republic, Damascus
April 23, 2019 at 20:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

A replica of a worship niche belonging to the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel at Palmyra was displayed in the National Museum of Damascus on Tuesday.

Using 3D imaging and stonework, an Italian team reconstructed the altar after it was destroyed by the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) during seize of Palmyra back in 2015.

"We are honoured that Syria accepted this gift which we made out of friendship for your country," said Frances Pinnock of the Sapienza University of Rome who had headed the reconstruction team.

"We hope … Palmyra will become again the bride of the desert," she added.

After its construction, the piece was displayed at the Colosseum and at the United Nations Building in Rome, the European Parliament in Brussels and UNESCO headquarters in Paris before arriving in Syria.

"It is like an artificial limb, when someone loses a limb nothing shall compensate the original," said Former director of Antiquities Dr. Mamoun Abdulkareem despite the replica emulating the original artifact down to its finest details.

Syria: Damascus displays replica of destroyed Palmyra altar03:07
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A replica of a worship niche belonging to the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel at Palmyra was displayed in the National Museum of Damascus on Tuesday.

Using 3D imaging and stonework, an Italian team reconstructed the altar after it was destroyed by the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) during seize of Palmyra back in 2015.

"We are honoured that Syria accepted this gift which we made out of friendship for your country," said Frances Pinnock of the Sapienza University of Rome who had headed the reconstruction team.

"We hope … Palmyra will become again the bride of the desert," she added.

After its construction, the piece was displayed at the Colosseum and at the United Nations Building in Rome, the European Parliament in Brussels and UNESCO headquarters in Paris before arriving in Syria.

"It is like an artificial limb, when someone loses a limb nothing shall compensate the original," said Former director of Antiquities Dr. Mamoun Abdulkareem despite the replica emulating the original artifact down to its finest details.

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