Restoration of Palmyra Will Contribute to the Preservation of World Cultural Heritage

Russian military experts and political scientists were given an opportunity to see the state of the world heritage monuments in the ancient city. The architectural monuments that were destroyed after the terrorist occupation are in need of restoration. But Western countries, UNESCO and the UN are not taking any steps to help preserve this cradle of civilization.

“Only Syria and Russia are taking real steps to restore the ancient monuments of Palmyra destroyed by terrorists, while Western countries are increasingly engaged in political rhetoric,” Russian political scientist Sergei Mikheev said in a conversation with journalists.

Russian specialists from the State Hermitage Museum and several other cultural institutions joined in collecting materials on Palmyra monuments for their possible restoration.

In September 2016, researchers from St. Petersburg organized an expedition to Palmyra to record the scale of the destruction, as well as to take photographs and create a 3D model of the architectural and landscape complex. Today, this model contains the most complete and up-to-date information about the state of the ancient city. The Russian team of archaeologists is planning to organize a new photo shoot to complement the model, which will be designed specifically for restorers, the demonstration version has already been handed over to UNESCO. In the near future, its full version will be presented.

Palmyra is one of the richest cities of late antiquity in the Syrian desert oasis between Damascus and the Euphrates River, 240 km north-east of the Syrian capital. The ruins of Palmyra are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.