The Palmyra Arch, an iconic piece of Syrian heritage, is coming to The Hague this October. The original 1800-year-old Roman arch was blown up by Islamic State militants in 2015. As an act of resistance, a team of archeologists from the Department of Digital Archaeology at Oxford University set about recreating it with photography, 3D-printing techniques and exact carving. The new marble arch has yet been exposed in London, Florence, Dubai, New York and Arona and will be unveiled in The Hague with a festive event this October.
The magnificent six meter tall arch is not only a tribute to the cultural heritage of Syria but a tangible place for Syrians to remember their beloved homeland as well. The arch will be located next to the Peace Palace in The Hague as a symbol of peace and justice.
To celebrate this festive moment, the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Global Heritage and Development and the Institute for Digital Archaeology Oxford University organize a public event called Heritage for Future, supported by the City of The Hague, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNESCO Netherlands and the Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie. Several cultural activities will take place at this event, aimed to present the rich culture of the Middle East and to stimulate encounters between Syrian immigrants, Dutch inhabitants and The Hague's international expats.
The opening ceremony will be organized on October 16th in The Hague from 7 PM onwards. The program will be published on this website. Please be invited!
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