National Museum of Damascus Restoring Palmyra Artifacts, Erasing Scars Left by ISIS

The ancient city of Palmyra in Syria is regarded as the “Pearl of the Desert” with its Temples and ancient sites having stood for thousands of years. Much of that legacy was looted or destroyed when it became a prime target of ISIS in recent years.

After the Syrian Army recaptured control of the UNESCO World Heritage site in March of 2017, the scars left behind by ISIS were devastating but the pride of the Syrian people and their efforts to revive the city endures. The process of restoring its artifacts continues today with the help of the National Museum of Damascus.

Watch an example of the transformation that is underway:

More on this story from Ruptly…

A team of experts at the National Museum of Damascus demonstrated ongoing process of restoring damaged or fully-destroyed antiques from the ancient city of Palmyra, which were looted or destroyed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the heat of the war, footage from Wednesday shows.

During the conflict which lasted more than seven years, IS militants stormed and looted the UNESCO-protected city on two occasions, destroying precious archeological sites, such as temples and tombs, and shattering sculptures.

Shortly after combat ceased in Palmyra, authorities retrieved hundreds of damaged and fully-destroyed artifacts and brought them to the National Museum of Damascus in an attempt to restore them.

According to reports, it is expected that the process will take between five to eight years.

READ MORE SYRIA NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Syria Files


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