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St. Petersburg researchers to continue working on Palmira preservation


An agreement between St. Petersburg and Syrian researchers to continue cooperation on preserving the cultural heritage of Palmira has been reached.

Natalia Solovyova, Deputy Director of the Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences met with the Minister of Culture and representatives of the Directorate-General for Antiquities and Museums of Syria in Damascus.

St. Petersburg researchers have been involved in detailed photo shooting of the surviving and destroyed monuments of the Ancient Roman parts of Palmira since 2016.

This work resulted in a unique 3D model of the city in its current condition, highly-detailed and precise. 

Natalia Solovyova tells: ‘We agreed to continue working in Palmira, in the archives and on the spot. We will define how many original parts of the monuments have survived. These data could be used when a decision to restore these objects of cultural heritage is taken.’

The ancient Palmira ruins are one of the six UNESCO World Heritage objects in Syria. The monuments suffered during the period the territory was occupied by terrorists. The town was liberated by the Russian army and now there is a hope it can be restored thanks to the efforts of St. Petersburg researchers.

Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel