Hermitage Wants To Rebuild Palmyra

Mikhail Piotrovsky, the director of the State Hermitage Museum, says that although the destruction of Palmyra by Isil militants last year could have been avoided, his museum can help to rebuild the ancient city. Piotrovsky, an expert on the Arab world who first visited Palmyra in the 1970s, told The Art Newspaper in an interview at his office that museums worldwide are preparing “for the moment when it will be possible to recreate Palmyra.” The Hermitage is working with its peers — informally, for now — to gather photographs, engravings and other archival documents that capture the ancient city fr om every possible angle.

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