The restoration of the Arc de Triomphe in Palmyra will begin in 2022

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Moscow. April 12th. INTERFAX.RU – Work to restore the Arc de Triomphe destroyed by militants in Syrian Palmyra will begin in 2022, Sergei Titlinov, executive director of the Palmyra Restoration Fund, told reporters.

The Department of Antiquities and Museums of Syria and the Russian “Stone Center” signed a memorandum on the restoration of the Arc de Triomphe in ancient Palmyra on November 12, 2020. It contains a plan with three sequential steps: documenting the current situation in accordance with scientific methodology; the study of fragments and fragments to obtain virtual drawings of damage; restoration work. A group of Russian specialists visited Palmyra in April 2021 and started the first stage of work.

“First, we need to conduct archaeological research, we need to conduct restoration research, we need to issue a project for the restoration of the Arc de Triomphe at the end. After that, in fact, ( restoration work – IF ) will begin. I plan that next year the real work on the restoration itself, “Titlinov said.

He clarified that the second expedition of Russian specialists to Palmyra is scheduled for 2021. “We are planning archaeological work, probably, taking into account the season, in September,” Titlinov said.

Working in coordination with UNESCO

The head of the department of archaeological excavations of the Office of Archeology and Museums of Syria, Hammam Saad, in turn, told reporters that the Syrian authorities had notified UNESCO about the work to restore the Arc de Triomphe. “Palmyra is included in the list of world heritage. We contacted UNESCO to create a scientific commission. Work will begin soon,” Saad said.

He explained that the Syrian group involved in the restoration of the Arc de Triomphe is seeking to create a scientific commission from UNESCO so that the restoration work is carried out in accordance with generally accepted world standards.

“We will inform UNESCO about all our steps, about all stages of our work. And, of course, as the owner of this museum complex, Syria should first of all notify UNESCO that this work is being done. And all technologies, all stages of work, we will to coordinate with UNESCO, “said Dmitry Medyantsev, President of the Association of Russian Stone Industry Enterprises” Stone Center “, who heads a group of Russian archaeologists and 3D-modelers who visited Palmyra.

The Russian side intends to attract specialists from different directions and from different countries to the work, the president of the association said. “Coordination of this work is very important. We will deal with it. And, of course, funding is also needed,” Medyantsev said.

World heritage site

Palmyra (Tadmor) is one of the richest cities of late antiquity in the oasis of the Syrian desert between Damascus and the Euphrates. According to legend, the city was founded by the biblical king Solomon. The ruins of Palmyra are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Militants of the IS terrorist group banned in Russia, having seized the city in May 2015, destroyed several ancient monuments, including the Arc de Triomphe, the statue of Lev Allat, the Baalshamin temple and the largest building in the city – the Bela temple, built during the reign of Emperor Tiberius in 32 AD.

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