The National Museum of Damascus received a replica of part of the ceiling of the ancient Temple of Baal from Palmyra as a gift from Italian sculptors in Damascus on Tuesday.

Italian specialists worked for almost two years to recreate a fragment of the ceiling of the Baal temple by using drawings and photographs. The copy, which is four meters long and weighs about 200 kilograms, was 3D printed.

The restorers used a variety of traditional colours and materials to give ancient archaeological character to the ceiling of the temple.

“The fact that many people are here today, I think that Syrian people really care of their cultural heritage, as they have already shown during the times of the crisis,” representative of Sapienza University of Roma Davide Nadali said.

The temple of Baal was the main shrine of Palmyra. It represented a unique combination of oriental and ancient architectures. The layout was made in the style of the shrines of the Middle East. In 2015, militants of the Islamic State destroyed the temple almost completely.

Before bringing the copy to Syria, it was exhibited in Rome, Brussels, and Paris. Now, this exhibit is available for viewing and in Damascus. After the full restoration of Palmyra, this part of the Temple of Baal will return to its historic place.

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