Syria’s Arch of Triumph demolished by ISIS recreated in Trafalgar Square

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Built by the Romans, demolished by ISIS. The original Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, Syria

A replica of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph has been erected in Trafalgar Square in London, following the destruction of the 2,000 year old arch in Syria by the so-called Islamic State.

The scale model is made of Egyptian marble, and has been erected directly between Nelson’s Column and the National Gallery.

The astonishing structure was made by the Institute of Digital Archaeology using 3D imaging technology based on photographs of the original Roman-built arch.

ISIS militants captured the town of Palmyra in May 2015, executing over 280 people, and destroying significant parts of the ancient ruins.

The town was recaptured in March.

The replica arch will also eventually be erected in Palmyra in what Syria’s director of antiquities, Maamoun Abdulkarim, described as an “action of solidarity”.

Abdulkarim added: “It is a message of raising awareness in the world.

“We have common heritage. Our heritage is universal - it is not just for Syrian people.”

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