Informative articles and video on a recent event in NYC. No, it’s not Archaeology . It’s RELIGION!
“Under the auspices of the UAE and in collaboration with UNESCO, the University of Oxford and Harvard University, a restored, three-dimensional version of Palmyra’s monumental Arch of Triumph – destroyed at the hands of the terrorist organisation, Daesh, was revealed on Tuesday.
In the presence of Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Managing Director of Dubai Future Foundation, as well as a number of specialists and subject-matter experts, interested parties and tourists, the historic arch gate of Palmyra’s Temple of Baal was reconstructed in New York City’s Times Square, (It was not set up in Time’s Square, but in City Hall Park, right in front of the Mayor’s office!) facing the municipal building.
The reproduction of the Temple of Baal’s arch gate came as a result of a strategic partnership held between the UAE, UNESCO and the Institute for Digital Archeology – the essence of a global joint venture formed between the esteemed University of Oxford and Harvard University, aiming at documenting and rebuilding details of the region’s most prominent archeological sites using 3D imaging and printing techniques with a keen view to protect and preserve their legacy and cultural heritage in the event of exposure to existence-threatening conditions.
Al Gergawi said, “This project reflects the UAE’s beliefs in the importance of the region’s legendary history that outdoes any ideologies or extremist ideas trying to erase the identity and history of the region.”
“The directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, stipulated the mere necessity to revive and restore all that have been destroyed by the enemies of civilisation, as this region’s culture is a world heritage we must all preserve and maintain”, he said.