The 2000-year-old arch from an ancient site that was destroyed by ISIS will be recreated in New York’s Time Square and London’s Trafalgar Square.
There are grave concerns for the future of the infamous arch – it is all that remains of Syria’s Temple of Bel that was last year reduced to rubble by ISIS using explosives.
One of the best preserved structures in the ancient city, the Temple of Bel had been standing for thousands of years.
[A artist's impression of the 3D-printed replica]
The temple’s curator was also murdered by the militants. Shortly after, ISIS released images showing the explosives they placed inside the ancient temple.
The replica is being made by the world’s largest 3D printer and funded by the Institute of Digital Archaeology (IDA) as a “call to action” over the terror organisations destruction of antiquities.
“We are saying to them if you destroy something, we can rebuild it again. The symbolic value of these sites is enormous, we are restoring dignity to people,' IDA executive director Roger Michel told The Times.
“We selected the arch as a specific tribute to the last remaining portion of the ancient site. Sadly, I don' think it will be around for very long.”