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Russian and Syrian forces retake Palmyra from Isil

Syria’s Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums released early images of the damage at Palmyra on Thursday night, including the destruction of the central arch and façade of the Roman theater and the Tetrapylon, a four-sided columned gate that marked a crossroads of the ancient city.

Russian team creates 3D model to preserve Palmyra as fighting intensifies

The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg has joined forces with a Russian archaeological institute to build an interactive virtual model of Palmyra, a task that is becoming ever-more important as reports emerged today (20 January) that Islamic State (Isil) militants have destroyed the ancient city’s amphitheatre and a tetrapylon. When archaeologists and antiquities experts from the two institutions visited Palmyra, in Syria, in late September, they did not know that drone footage and co-ordinates they collected would capture a snapshot of the Unesco World Heritage site just over two months before it fell to Isil for the second time in less than two years.

Italy | Art experts fear serious earthquake damage to historic Italian buildings

Art experts fear numerous historic Italian buildings and their contents were damaged in Wednesday’s earthquake, across a region where almost every hilltop town and village has beautiful churches and monuments.