A replica of the Temple of Baal arch is scheduled to be built in New York City this month.
CBN News reports that a replica of the Victory Arch was scheduled to be built in Times Square earlier this year, but its construction was later cancelled. At the time, many Christians protested the arch’s construction.
The new plan is to build the arch in New York’s City Hall Park. The Institute for Digital Archaeology is in charge of the project.
The original Victory Arch at the Temple of Baal was built 1,800 years ago in Palmyra, Syria. In 2015, terrorist group ISIS destroyed the arch which had been a popular tourist attraction.
The Institute for Digital Archaeology explained why erecting a replica of the arch is significant: “There are few cities in the world as much defined by their architecture as New York. The Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge — all symbols of the audacity, strength, technical prowess, diversity and optimism of what Ezra Pound called ‘the most beautiful city in the world.’ It is also a city that has known terrible loss — first and foremost the loss of life, but also the loss of familiar landmarks that helped inform the city’s identity,” read the IDA’s statement.
“The Triumphal Arch, a symbol of resilience in the face of loss, will be a fitting tribute to America’s great metropolis,” the statement continued. “The arch will stand in City Hall Park, surrounded by buildings adorned with classical features suggesting the common cultural roots of East and West. We hope that you will visit us this fall to consider the relationship between people and the places they inhabit.”