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In the course of 2015 militiamen Isis took possession of the archaeological site of Palmyra, Syria. Before they beheaded the archaeologist Khaled Assad, head of the archaeological site, destroyed artwork and priceless artifacts. Then they blew up the temples of Baal and Baalshamin and in October of 2015, they destroyed the arch of Palmyra, a triumphal arch built between the second and third century after Christ and dedicated to the emperor romano Settimio Severo.

Palmira is a site declared World Heritage by UNESCO and its arch destroyed has become a symbol of rebirth, reconstruction and preservation of works belonging to the heritage of humanity and the history of civilization that would otherwise be lost and forgotten.

In Florence, during the G7 of Culture, a copy of the Arch of Palmyra will be on display in Piazza della Signoria, in front of Palazzo Vecchio, from March 27 to 27 April.

It is a perfect reproduction of the original, made possible thanks to new technologies, as part of "The Million Image Database" for the protection and preservation of the world cultural heritage, sponsored by The Institute for Digital Archeology in collaboration with UNESCO, Oxford University Museum of the Future of Dubai and the UAE government.

An operation of international renown who was born in Tuscany: the Arch of Palmyra copy was made by Torart, a Carrara led by two young entrepreneurs, James and Philip Massari Tincolini, and specialized in sculpture, contemporary art and design , the application of new technologies in the processing of marble, stones and hard materials of different nature. Through a non-invasive approach, the technology used by Torart can be applied to the world of restoration, making it possible to reproduce the works to the last detail, and so the process remains sustainable and respectful towards the original material, the historical value and cultural heritage belongs to.

The Arch of Palmyra play was exhibited in London and New York and arrives for the first time in Italy, precisely in Florence, in a symbolic tour that aims to draw international public attention on the importance to take care of the artistic and cultural heritage of mankind.