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Russia begins restoration of Arc of Triumph in Syria's Palmyra

Russia has begun the restoration of the Arch of Triumph, one of the historical landmarks in Palmyra, in cooperation with UNESCO.
The Arc of Triumph in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, circa 1880.

ALEPPO, Syria — Russia continues to promote its restoration of historical sites in Syria. Russia’s ambassador to Syria, Alexander Yefimov, announced his country's intention to restore the ancient Arch of Triumph that was destroyed by the Islamic State (IS) in the Syrian city of Palmyra, according to a three-dimensional digital model.

In an interview with the Russian state agency TASS Nov. 4, the ambassador said, “The first serious steps have already been taken. For example, in August 2020, Syria was given a three-dimensional model of the ancient city of Palmyra prepared by Russian specialists, and the restoration will be based on that model.”

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