The violence of so-called Islamic State does not threaten only the inhabitants of those areas in Syria and Iraq under administration of the Isis militias, but also the archeological sites dated before the establishment of Islam.
Nevertheless the administrations of London and New York have anticipated the aggressive initiatives of Islamic State and have decided to replicate the monumental entrance of Temple of Bel in Palmyra. The 15-metre structure is one of the few remaining parts of the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel in the Syrian city, but the replicas of this arch will be put in the central places of: Trafalgar Square and Time Square, during the heritage week, that will take place in April.
This choice will represent a good signal of response against the terrible actions of these fundamentalist militants.
Since 2011, year during which erupted the Syrian conflict, the extremist fighters of Islamic State have been destroying a lot of ancient cities across Syria and Iraq, because their explicit target has always been that to erase every trace of a evidence of the Middle East’s pre-Islamic history.
Palmyra has been seriously hit, over the years, by the the fundamentalist militias of Isis, and its most important building: the famous temple consecrated to the Mesopotamian god Bel, was destroyed by these barbarian fighters.
Founded in AD32, the temple was the main centre of religious life in Palmyra. Known as the Pearl of the Desert, Palmyra (which means city of Palms) is located 130 miles north-east of Damascus. Before the Syrian conflict begun in 2011, more than 150,000 tourists visited the city every year, but now is become a ghost city.
However,by certain sources, it seems that the Temple of Bel’s entrance Arch has apparently survived to the attempt by Islamic State to raze it. Currently to send journalists in these critical areas of Syria and Iraq is very dangerous, therefore we cannot know with sure if this Arch is officially survived or not to the attempt to demolish it, but the news if confirmed would be very positive.
However the initiative taken by the administrations of London and New York it’s very important not only because will show to these fighters blinded of revenge that the force of the culture will triumph ever, but these replicas will keep intact the knowledge, for the next generations, of this important monument that, day by day, risks to being seriously razed.