After its stay at Trafalgar Square in April 2016, and six months later at the City Hall Park in New York, a clone of the Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, Syria, was installed Monday in Piazza della Signoria in Florence. It will remain here until April 27 and will be one of the G7 cultural events (March 30-31), focused on the preservation of world heritage.
The original monument — which dated back to the third century AD — was destroyed by ISIS in October 2015 during a series of demolitions under Caliph Al-Baghdadi during the group’s first occupation of the city. In addition, the temples of Baalshamin and Bel were torn down, as well as some of the funerary tower features that used to soar above the hills of the southwestern necropolis. Add to this the barbaric execution of the archaeologist Khaled al-As’ad, who was the site manager and director of the Palmyra museum for 50 years.
Although the copy of the arc in 1:3 scale was made by the Carrara, Italy-based company TorArt through the use of sophisticated technologies, such as the use of 3D printers and anthropomorphic robots, the result is not scientifically satisfactory.