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Palmyra's Arch of Triumph recreated in Trafalgar Square

A monumental recreation of the destroyed Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, Syria, is being installed in London’s Trafalgar Square.

The 2,000-year-old arch was destroyed by Islamic State militants last October and the 6-metre (20ft) model, made in Italy from Egyptian marble, is intended as an act of defiance: to show that restoration of the ancient site is possible if the will is there.

Roger Michel, the director of Oxford’s Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA), said: “No one would have seriously considered leaving London in ruins after the blitz.

“Monuments – as embodiments of history, religion, art and science – are significant and complex repositories of cultural narratives. No one should consider for one second giving terrorists the power to delete such objects from our collective cultural record.

“When history is erased in this fashion, it must be promptly and, of course, thoughtfully restored.” Read more.