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by Stephanie Valenzuela on August 18, 2016

With the war on ISIS that has become an issue all over the world, causing anger, scare, and concern among people all around the world, it is difficult to avoid the extremist group anywhere in the news. One hears and reads constantly the conflicting issues going on halfway around the world, and only hope that close to their home will not be harmed by the group. With the group not only taking lives, and damaging cities around the world with their cowardly acts, they have also destroyed history.

History had been sitting in Palmyra, Syria for thousands and thousands of years with the monumental Palmyra arch standing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Completed in the third century by an emperor, it was one of the most visited sites by tourists, and also had to be restored quite a few times.

On October 2015, it was confirmed that ISIS or ISIL had destroyed the arch. Palmyra was captured by the terrorist group, and militants had blown up the site with a dynamite. Although half of the structure was still standing, history had been taken down. The president of Syria and the director-general of UNESCO condemned the attack. Although gone, but not fully gone, as stones of the original arch are still around, reconstruction of the arch would begin, except it will come to New York City before heading back to its roots.

Researchers from Britain’s Institute for Digital Archeology had designed a 3-D replica of the arch. With photographs, a computer model was made, and a water jet stone carver set the plans to remake the iconic arch come back to life. Displayed in London’s Trafalgar square, it will now come to New York in September and will be displayed there before going to Dubai, and then heading back to Syria.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, remodeled and showed around the world to prove that not only can archaeologists recreate an old site, but that good will always prevail from evil.


Featured Image Via Wikimedia

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Stephanie Valenzuela
I am a firm believer in patience, and believing that with patience all good things come with time. My motto has always been, if you want to be known, be known for something good, and informing the public is good to me, whether it be threw my writing or reporting, is a good way to be known. With a passion for everything New York City, I am driven to know what goes on in it every hour of the day. My dream has always been to live the 'city life', but besides dreaming about that life, you can catch me traveling the world, as I have been to over ten countries, or constantly reading the news and getting informed as to what goes on globally. I am a person who likes to know and be informed at all times. To me that is key and my mentality is always set to learn more on what goes on in our world in order to inform my public and be the best journalist that I can be.
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