Plans to build a giant arch for the Temple of Baal in New York City and London have been canceled.
The Institute for Digital Archaeology had planned to build a 48-foot-tall re-creation of the 2,000-year-old temple entry arch in New York and in London. ISIS destroyed the structure last year in Palmyra, Syria.
Instead, they will model the structure after the Arch of Triumph of Palmyra.
‘The IDA’s Arch of Triumph of Palmyra serves as a model for how, together, we will bring life back to Palmyra and restore the site as a message of peace against terrorism, and will further collaborate in this way on other heritage sites in Syria,” the Institute states on its website.
According to The Telegraph, the Institute scrapped plans for simultaneous unveiling of the two arches. Plans for the New York arch have been completely canceled.
“The Palmyra arch that is being reconstructed is no longer the entrance to the Temple of Bel (sic) (which survived an attempt to blow it up in August 2015) but the Arch of Triumph (partially destroyed in October) formerly located at one end of the Great Colonnade,” The Telegraph reported.
The entrance arch, to be displayed in London, might move to New York City as an archeological display. There are no plans to build permanent buildings for Baal worship in either of the two cities.