Thursday, June 20, 2019


He cried like a lion:
"Lord, I stand continually on the watchtower
 in the daytime, and every night I stay at my post.

Isaiah 21:8

Stone remnants from the ancient tower. (Israel Antiquities Authority)

The God of my rock; in him will I trust:
he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower,
and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

2 Samuel 22:3

Genesis 31:49 and Mizpah, for he said,

"Yahweh watch between me and you, 
when we are absent one from another.


A watchtower believed to date from the time of King Chezekiah in the Bais Rishon was recently uncovered during archeological excavations by IDF soldiers, together with the Israel Antiquities Authority at a paratrooper’s base in the south of the country.
The tower, whose dimensions in antiquity are estimated to have been 15 feet x 10.5 feet, was erected at a high geographic site, and as such, was an observation point to the Chevron Mountains, the Judean plain and the Ashkelon vicinity. It was built of especially large stones, some 8 tons in weight, and its height today reaches around 6 feet.
According to Sa’ar Ganor and Valdik Lifshitz, excavation directors on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, “the strategic location of the tower served as a lookout and warning point against the Philistine enemy, one of whose cities was Ashkelon.”
“In that period, the Kingdom of Judah built a range of towers and fortresses as points of communication, warning and signaling, to transmit messages and field intelligence. This tower is one of the observation points connecting the large cities in the area, located in the Beit Mirsim (Mirsham), Tel Eton and Tel Lachish sites. In ancient times, to transmit messages, beacons of smoke were lit during the day and beacons of fire at night.”

mitspeh: watchtower, lookout Hebrew: מִצְפֶּה

tsaphah: to look out or about, spy, keep watch Hebrew: צָפָה

ari: a lion Hebrew: אֲרִי

yomam: daytime, by day Hebrew: יוֹמָם

mishmereth: a guard, watch, charge, function, post Hebrew: מִשְׁמֶרֶת

Ashqelon: a city of the Philistines Hebrew: אַשְׁקְלוֹן
ASH'KELON, or Askelon, on the seacoast, 30 ms. below Joppa. It has many ruins and, it is said, 37 wells of sweet water. The little village of Jura is outside of the ruins. King Herod the Great was born here.


Soldiers at a paratrooper base in Southern Israel have uncovered a Biblical-era watchtower. The watchtower, which dates back to the 8th century B.C., was revealed during recent excavations by Israel Defense Forces troops working under the direction of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The tower, which is thought to have once been about 16.5 feet high and 11.5 feet wide, would have commanded a view that included the Hebron Mountains, the Judean plain and the area around modern-day Ashkelon.
The bible itself mentions the use of beacons (or "pillars") to communicate between military forces
The use of these early warning beacons is mentioned in the Bible. 
“Blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a signal-fire in Beth Haccerem; for disaster appears out of the north, and great destruction.” 
(Jeremiah 6:1, Judges 20:38, 40).  (description) 

2 Kings 18:8 - He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.
mitspeh: watchtower, lookout -
2 Chronicles 20:24  -   Isaiah 21:8 
And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:(KJV)

Isaiah 21:11-12 - Oracles about Edom and Arabia
11 The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?
12 The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come.
Dumah (Arabicدومة‎; Hebrewדּוּמָה‎ DūmāhAramaic for "silence") was the sixth son of Ishmael, the son of biblical Abraham and Hagar.  

Blessed are those servants,
whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching:
verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself,
and make them to sit down to meat, 
and will come forth and serve them.

Luke 12:37

Previous discoveries in the Ashkelon area:

Engravings of a Seven-Branched Menorah and a Cross were Discovered by Hikers in an Ancient Water Cistern in the Judean Shephelah
The menorah engraved on the wall of the cave has a base with three feet, and it evidently portrays the menorah that stood in the Temple during the Second Temple period. A cross was engraved near the menorah. Another engraving was found on the side of the cave which seems to resemble a type of key that is characteristic of antiquity, as well as other engravings that were noted, some of which have not yet been identified. Alongside the cistern is a columbarium with dozens of niches that were used to raise doves in antiquity. During the Second Temple period doves were used as part of the sacrificial rites in the Temple.
According to Sa'ar Ganor, the District Archaeologist of Ashkelon in the Israel Antiquities Authority,
Over the weekend, during the Hanukkah holiday and the last days of 2016, Israel Caving Club members Mickey Barkal, Sefi Givoni and Ido Meroz were exploring caves in the Judean Shephelah when they noticed what appeared to be ancient carvings. They notified the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), who confirmed that the markings were indeed ancient in an IAA press release. Carved on the chalk wall of a water cistern were a seven-branched menorah with a three-legged base—representing the Temple menorah from the Second Temple period—as well as a cross, a Christian symbol. Near the menorah and cross were additional engravings that are still being identified.
Engravings of a Seven-Branched Menorah -

And what I say unto you I say unto all,


Mark 13:37

Habakkuk 2:1
I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower,
 and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
Are the events that are unfolding in the Middle East foretold in the book of Habakkuk?  
This is a long video as I set out to be thorough and methodical in presenting not only the relevant biblical information; but also the info regarding current events in the Middle East.
(video study - 1.41 minutes) -

Habakkuk 1:1 - This is the oracle that Habakkuk the prophet received in a vision:
2How long, O LORD, must I call for help but You do not hear, or cry out to You, “Violence!”
but You do not save? (NKJV)
Habakkuk 1:1 – Hebrew: massa': burden, a load, lifting, bearing, tribute

Habakkuk 1:6 – Chaldeans – Ur - Abraham
The Chaldeans are mentioned multiple times in the Bible in both contexts. For example, Genesis 11:28 speaks of Abraham’s father Terah, who was from “Ur of the Chaldeans,” the specific tribe or people known as the Chaldeans. We know from verses such as Genesis 11:31 and Genesis 15:7 that God called Abraham, a Chaldean, out of Ur of the Chaldeans so that Abraham would follow God to the land that God had promised to him and his descendants.
[These notes are from watching this video. ~Tammy]
Abraham is stated to have originally come from "Ur of the Chaldees" (Ur Kaśdim).
The king of Chaldea was also called the king of Bit Yakin, just as the kings of Babylonia and Assyria were regularly styled simply king of Babylon or Assur, the capital city in each case. In the same way, what is now known as the Persian Gulf was sometimes called "the Sea of Bit Yakin", and sometimes "the Sea of the Land of Chaldea".
"Chaldea" came to be used in a wider sense, of Mesopotamia in general, following the ascendancy of the Chaldeans during 608–557 BCE. This is especially the case in the Hebrew Bible, which was substantially composed during this period (roughly corresponding to the period of Babylonian captivity). The Book of Jeremiah makes frequent reference to the Chaldeans (KJV Chaldees following LXX Χαλδαίοι; in Biblical Hebrew as Kasdîy(mâh) כַּשְׂדִּימָה "Kassites"). Habbakuk 1:6 calls them "that bitter and hasty nation" (הַגֹּוי הַמַּר וְהַנִּמְהָר).

Jeremiah 27:1-11
Jeremiah 38:17-18
Hebrews 10:37-38 - For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

Numbers 11:11 – massa / burden [seeing a lot of 1's]
Isaiah 13:1 – massa - This is an oracle concerning Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz received:
Jeremiah 23:33 – massa – oracle / burden of God

massa': burden, a load, lifting, bearing, tribute -
massa: utterance, oracle / nasa -
nasa or nasah: to lift, carry, take - (Genesis 4:13)

Ezekiel 33 - The Watchman and His Message


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Grafted by Faith Alone

Now if some of the branches were broken off, and you, though a wild olive branch,
were grafted in among them
and have come to share in the rich root of the cultivated olive tree.

Romans 11:17

Olive tree with grafts at Nazareth Village. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

"Tree of Life" - Syracuse professor grows 40 different fruits on one tree
Sam Van Aken, an art professor at Syracuse University, grafted the tree over nine years into something of biblical proportions. The "Tree of 40 Fruits" contains peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots, all of which are readily edible. Jeff Glor reports.

Tree of 40 Fruit: SU sculptor's creation commemorates 9/11
Updated Mar 21, 2016; Posted Sep 10, 2011 - "It's a metaphor for a lot of things."
Van Aken chose 40 because it's a number that appears often in the Bible, he said. It rained 40 days and 40 nights, and after the rain stopped, Noah waited another 40 days before opening the ark. Moses stayed on the mountain for 40 days, the Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness, and Christ spent 40 days on earth after the resurrection.
"Forty is a number that became significant throughout Western religion," he said. "It's a number that always seems to recur in the Bible. It's a number that represents bounty."
Most of his root stock comes from Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, which has experimented and developed growing techniques for 125 years.
He works with stone fruits -- those with pits -- because they're compatible," he said.
"You can't take a pear and graft it to an apple tree. It's not very stable," he said.
“Root grows for 3 years then graft added.” - 

Grafted by Faith Alone - I learned a lot from the following booklet and accompanying video "The Law" (below).
“Gentile does not normally mean heathen (although in some contexts it can). A Gentile is simply someone who is not a descendant of Eber (since those are Hebrews; named after their forefather).” 
What a blessing to read, hear, ponder and partake of this teaching!

For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world,
was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law,
but through the righteousness of faith.”
  - Romans 4:11-13   See pages 15 & 20

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.
 - 1 John 1:7

Loving the Lord:
The Law – New Resource

Check out the related resources at
The Law (PDF book)
The Covenants: Laws & Commandments (PDF book) 
Grafted By Faith Alone (poster)
Loving the Lord: The Laws & Commandments of God (poster)

It is most instructive to note that the fruit of the olive tree, in its wild state, is both small and worthless. It must be properly tended and cultivated to produce optimum fruit. To become truly prolific, the olive tree must be grafted, a process by which good stock is made to grow upon a wild shrub.

Olive tree with grafts at Nazareth Village (photo at top). 

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,
and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Galatians 5:1


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Triumphal Arch of Palmyra, Syria – Part 7

Replica of Palmyra’s Triumphal Arch displayed June 12-24 2019

in Bern, Switzerland

Forward and rear facing views.

June 13 – Unveiling ceremony Casinoplatz, Bern, Switzerland
June 17 - Official opening ceremony at Kornhauskeller (Granary)

For human dignity, against ignorance — 70 years of Switzerland’s commitment to UNESCO
Protecting Humanity’s Fragile Heritage
From 17th to 20th June 2019 in Bern, the Swiss Commission for UNECO will celebrate its 70th anniversary. This anniversary corresponds to the accession of Switzerland to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1949. Five thematic conferences will be held in a marquee erected especially for this occasion on the Waisenhausplatz in Bern. In conjunction with this event, a large-scale replica of the Triumphal Arch of Palmyra, Syria, made by the Institute for Digital Archaeology (Oxford) will be unveiled on June 13th on Bern’s Casio Platz.

Part of a UNESCO World Heritage property, just like the Clock Tower of the Old City of Bern, this monument — which today lies in ruins — symbolises the fragility of our humanity. The city of Berne, a signatory of the Geneva Declaration for cities united in solidarity for the protection of human rights and cultural heritage, is giving its full support to the organisation of this jubilee.

On 17th June, an official opening ceremony (by invitation) will be held at the Kornhauskeller   (GRANARY)
NB: A press release from the DFAE on the 70th anniversary of Switzerland's accession to UNESCO will be available on 17th June.

News reports of the June 13 unveiling:

Switzerland-UNESCO, a marriage that has lasted for 70 years
The jubilee was celebrated today in Bern: on the [Waisenhausplatz] a replica of the monumental arch of Palmyra, destroyed in 2015 by the self-styled Islamic State, was presented to the public
The official ceremony for the 70th will be held on June 17th, in the presence of Federal Councilor Ignazio Cassis, among others. Between 18 and 20 June, five conferences will be held in a specially mounted tent at the Waisenhausplatz, to which you must register.

Unesco: Berner city president sees triumphal arch as a memorial
In Berne, a replica of the Palmyra Triumphal Arch was unveiled Thursday. The reason for this is that Switzerland joined UNESCO seventy years ago.

13.06.2019, 14:11
UNESCO: une réplique de l’arche de triomphe de Palmyre se dresse à Berne 
Video: -

Bern University * Astronomical Clock * Sandstone Archways * Archaeologists Conference

The city of Bern is not only the Swiss capital but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In addition to these unique arbours, there are the Zytglogge (clock tower), the cage tower, the figure wells from the Renaissance, the Bern Cathedral and the largely preserved sandstone facades that characterize the image of 1191 founded city of Bern
The old town of Bern is surrounded by the Aare. The river is not just a river for its inhabitants - the Aareschwimmen and the Aareböötle belong to it in summer.

Bern's Clock Tower – Zytglogge

The Zytglogge is the landmark medieval clock tower in the Old City of Bern. It has existed since about 1218–1220 and is one of the most recognisable symbols of Bern. The name Zyglogge is Bernese German and translates as Zeitglocke in Standard German or time bell in English. A "time bell" was one of the earliest public timekeeping devices, consisting of a clockwork connected to a hammer that rang a small bell at every full hour. The Zytglogge clock is one of the three oldest clocks in Switzerland. 
The Zytglogge's west façade in 1830, after the 1770 restructuring.
 The clock, known as the Zytglogge, doesn't just count the seconds. It also powers an hourly performance incorporating a dancing jester, ...  Sep 7, 2016
Once a city gate, the Clock Tower now attracts spectators from all over the world.
 .... finally strikes the hour in time with Chronos swinging scepter.

Bern Landmarks

Zytglogge Clock Tower in Bern, Switzerland - Astronomical Clock

6-14-19 - Women march in Bern - street along Astronomical Clock
 - mostly likely went passed the arch!!
FRAUENSTREIK in BERN Stadt | Women's Strike in Berne City
Women's Strike for WAGE.  TIME.  RESPECT.
Supporters hoped for a "purple wave,"
Throughout Switzerland - In Lausanne, chanting protesters gathered at midnight outside the cathedral tower, whose bell was illuminated in purple, the official color of the protest.
Blowing whistles and banging pots and pans, hundreds of demonstrators - mostly women but also men - carried placards reading “no means no”, “I am not a princess but the woman I choose to be”, and “don’t free me, I’ll do that myself”.  - 20th Anniversary

On 17th June, an official opening ceremony (by invitation) will be held at the Kornhauskeller   (GRANARY) 
NB: A press release from the DFAE on the 70th anniversary of Switzerland's accession to UNESCO will be available on 17th June. 

Digital Archaeology Retweeted
UNESCO Switzerland 🇨🇭‏ @UNESCO_ch
Dans le cadre des 70 ans de la Suisse à l’#UNESCO #70SwissUNESCO et pour marquer l’engagement pour la protection du #PatrimoineCulturel, dévoilement aujourd’hui à Berne d’une réplique de l’arc de #Palmyre détruite en 2015. RDV du 18 au 20 juin sur la Waisenhausplatz!

MOON DAY - Monday, June 17 - FULL MOON at 4:31 a.m. EDT (8:31 UTC) (1:31 PDT)
ISRAEL: Next Full Moon: Jun 17, 2019 at 11:30 am

James Bond celebrates 50 years of action at the Schilthorn in Switzerland
– Goldfinger to Goldeneye

6-13 - Altair oil tanker 007007   * Altair star - Summer Triangle - THE EAGLE'S BRIGHTEST STAR
June 13, 2019 - Pompeo blames Iran for Gulf tanker attacks
 - distress calls at 6:12am local time
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is blaming Iran for attacks on a pair of tankers earlier today in the Gulf of Oman. ... חדשות 13 (@newsisrael13) June 13, 2019 ... ... The chemical tanker Kokuka Courageous

Pompeo visited Bern during Bilderberg Conference - images still being posted on twitter!!
Pompeo / Trump women - Courageous Women conference - 3-7-19
Grüessech Bern! Thanks to @ChristaMarkwald for a fascinating tour of the Federal Palace. I had the chance to visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Town Bern, the #Zytglogge, Münster Cathedral & the extraordinary view from the Rose Garden. Honored to be in this beautiful country!
The U.S. Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security reaffirms our commitment to promote global peace and stability by empowering women. @StateDept is proud to mobilize American diplomacy to ensure the meaningful participation of women and girls in the effort to build lasting peace.
At the #SelectUSASummit, Swiss businesses were among the 60 companies signing the #PledgetoAmericasWorkers: They will help create #apprenticeship & training opportunities in the U.S.! #AmbMcMullen joins @SecretaryRoss and @IvankaTrump in recognizing their commitment.
But then something unexpected happened. Suddenly, America’s 70th secretary of state walked out onto the sun-drenched cobblestones of Bern, Switzerland, sporting a pair of black sunglasses and standing beneath the city’s famed 15th century clock tower, a clock that would, at the dawn of the 20th century, inspire a young patent clerk who worked nearby named Albert Einstein.
American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo with his wife (centre) strolling through the cobbled streets around the iconic clock tower of Bern.
Pompeo (right) and Markwalder posing in front of the statue of the three mythical  founding fathers of Switzerland in the entrance hall of the Swiss parliament building. 
Switzerland is suddenly featuring front and centre on the United States’ diplomatic radar. There are several possible explanations.

JUNE 13, 2019 - Now a flashback to the Arch in London / Trafalgar!!!
OXFORD, England — Boris Johnson, who has promised to lead Britain out of the European Union at the end of October, opened a commanding lead over his rivals to replace Theresa May as prime minister on Thursday.
He won the votes of 114 out of 313 Conservative lawmakers in the first-round ballotThree other candidates were eliminated for failing to achieve a minimum of 5% of votes cast.
Johnson, 54, the former foreign secretary, is expected to be the clear choice of Conservative rank and file members if — as now seems likely — he can make it to the final two names selected by MPs.  JUNE 18 VOTE -
The field is so crowded that the Tory party modified its rules to try to whittle the contenders down to a shortlist of two by June 20.

Looking forward to a great installation and conference in #Berne next week. Thanks again to our excellent Swiss hosts!

Weil das alte Stadtzepter vor 15 Jahren spurlos verschwunden ist, wurde einst ein neues Zepter angefertigt. Nun ist das alte Zepter wohlbehalten wieder aufgetaucht. Die ganze Story gibt’s in der neuen Ausgabe der Mitarbeitendenzeitschrift MAZ: …
Because the old city septre disappeared without a trace 15 years ago, a new scepter was once made. Now the old scepter has safely resurfaced. The whole story is available in the new issue of the employee magazine MAZ (see images)

“disappeared city scepter” – reappeared

For any who #despair at #rejection. See attached rejection of Albert Einstein’s application for a doctorate at #University of #Berne. Ideas considered too #radical and more #art than #physics. He ended up okay, so will you! @CJC_JCC @SCC_CCS @dominik_linz @Cardio_Girl @ICMtl

Meret Oppenheim Tower Fountain

Clock / Column

EAA2019 Annual Meeting of @archaeologyEAA takes place in Bern, Switzerland 
from 4-7 September and EAA will celebrate its 25 years also with motto #BeyondParadigms
25th Annual Meeting of the EAA - Beyond paradigms
Grüessech! Bonjour! Buongiorno! Allegra!
Welcome to Bern! The greetings above represent the four official languages of Switzerland: German (or more precisely the Alemannic dialects spoken in the German-speaking parts of Switzerland), French, Italian and Rhaeto-Romanic. As reflected in its languages, Switzerland is a diverse and multicultural country which is divided into 26 largely independent cantons. The canton of Bern with its main city and the de facto Swiss capital is located on the Swiss Plateau in close proximity to the Alps.
We are pleased to welcome you in Bern where the 25th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) will take place from September 4-7, 2019. The event will be organised by the Institute of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bern which offers the facilities and support for the meeting.
Bern is located in the heart of Switzerland which makes it easily reachable from all major European cities, either by public or private transportation. In the past, Bern has gained a lot of experience in hosting international congresses and events and is therefore well prepared for the demands of the venue.

3,500-year-old bronze hand unearthed, may have been 'Bronze age cyborg'

At the European Cultural Conference in Lausanne in 1949, de Rougemont had first proposed the idea of establishing what came to be known as CERN

The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East
at The Met - Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
MARCH 18–JUNE 23, 2019
-          Images, video, audio guide
“The World Between Empires” at the Metropolitan Museum in New York
Visitors stand in front of an antique stone bust of Bat’a, daughter of Moqim, (granddaughter of) Malku from Palmyra, which, according to expert estimates, was created in the late 2nd or early 3rd century.
he New York Metropolitan Museum’s “The World Between Empires” will feature around 190 antique sculptures, murals, pieces of jewelry and other objects from the Middle East from Monday to June 23.
On the one hand, the exhibition deals with culture, religion and trade in antiquity, but on the other it also raises “complex questions about the preservation of cultural heritage,” says museum director Max Hollein.
The New York Metropolitan Museum at Central Park in Manhattan is one of the most renowned and most visited museums in the world.
Watch a preview of the exhibition The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from March 18 through June 23, 2019. Zainab Bahrani, Edith Porada Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology, Columbia University. -   Published on Feb 13, 2019
Conversations on the Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria
In this video, produced as an installation for The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East, three leading archaeologists examine the impact of the destruction of cultural heritage during recent conflicts in Iraq and Syria, and discuss current and potential responses. - Published on Mar 22, 2019
The catalogue is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
April 3 - 70th anniversary of NATO Ceremony – Washington, D.C. at Mellon Auditorium
April 4, 1949 - The North Atlantic Treaty was signed at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
Secretary of the Treasury Andrew W. Mellon, who oversaw the development of the Federal Triangle construction project and plans for the Departmental Auditorium in D.C.
Andrew William Mellon (March 24, 1855 – August 26, 1937), sometimes A.W., was an American banker, businessman, industrialist, philanthropist, art collector, and politician. From the wealthy Mellon family of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He served as United States Secretary of the Treasury from March 9, 1921, to February 12, 1932, presiding over the boom years of the 1920s and the Wall Street crash of 1929.
April 9, 1932 – March 17, 1933 – US Ambassador to UK under presidents Hoover and Roosevelt

~~~~~ Palmyra Updates  ~~ September 2019
Palmyra: has this ancient city suffered a fatal blow, or will it rise again?
UNESCO has extolled Palmyrene art – particularly its expressive funerary sculpture – as a unique blend of indigenous, Greco-Roman, Persian and even Indian influences. As IS battled Syrian troops for control of Tadmur in 2015, Tarek rushed to save the most valued examples in Palmyra’s two-storey museum. 
Palmya's giant stones are as white as old bones
  published August 30, 2019 — 9.21 am -   

Syrian government holds concert hailing its army's victories in Palmyra
Aug 30, 2019 Concert - Source: Xinhua Published: 2019/9/1 16:03:36
Artists perform during a concert in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, on Aug. 30, 2019. The Syrian government held a concert hailing the Syrian army's victories in the ancient city of Palmyra

Several countries have expressed interest in restoring Syria’s cultural heritage, devastated by civil war.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 05:35 -
On August 30, a few hundred Syrians attend a concert in Palmyra, organized by the government to celebrate the “many victories of the Syrian army.”
The modern town of Tadmor that lies adjacent to Palmyra is nearly empty; only a few dozen refugee families have returned. 
Twice Palmyra fell into the hands of the Islamic State group, and twice the Syrian regime recaptured it with the help of the Russian army.
It became one of the most famous symbols of the alliance between Moscow and Damascus. Syrian and Russian authorities declared that they would restore Palmyra to its glory, while parks and nuclear missiles in Russia were named after the fabled city.
To rebuild or not to rebuild?
... the head of the Chechen Republic in Russia, donated $14m. for the restoration of the Great Mosque of Aleppo. The Syrian government has supposedly budgeted funding to restore the Lion of Al-Lat (it is currently on exhibit in Damascus). In Palmyra, foreign activists are teaching residents who returned the art of masonry, so that they will be able to take part in reconstruction.
“The famous Temple of Bel can’t be restored; there is nothing left of it,” said Prof. Azm. “And the Arch of Triumph – you will be restoring a restoration since the damaged part already had been restored. The question of ethics should be addressed. Many historians will tell you that restoration is not an appropriate approach today. It’s wise to stabilize what is left and then to decide what to do next. Recreating ancient temples that were shattered to dust has less to do with restoration and more to do with propaganda.”
Museums in the United Kingdom, France and Germany have also shown interest in the restoration of Palmyra and other heritage sites in Syria. During the 20th century, these countries dominated the excavation and research of Syrian antiquities. Some Italian and French teams are already working in Palmyra, assessing the damage and teaching locals to carve stone.
In 2016, Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph was recreated in London by the Institute for Digital Archaeology, in a joint venture with Harvard University, Oxford University and Dubai’s Museum of the Future. The replica, however, was slammed by critics as inaccurate and many archaeologists accused the creators of “building a Disney fabrication.”

September displays of Palmyra Arch in Manhattan and DC!! Both during Succoth!!!
• Manhattan/NYC – City Hall Park – September 19-23, 2016
• Washington District of Columbia (D.C) – National Mall – Sept. 26-28, 2018

Complete list and details at: 
Part 1 – April 2016 – Sept 30, 2017 – London, Manhattan, Dubai, Florence, Arona

Sept 21 – UN Youth Climate Summit  
The Peace Window, more than 20 feet in diameter and housed in a wooden frame made by Azeri craftspeople using traditional techniques, will celebrate an artistic tradition that has been at the heart of eastern and western spiritual and social life for more than 1000 years. The geometric patterns of traditional Azeri stained glass at Sheki shares much in common with similar artworks in Notre Dame, St Patrick's and the Sistine Chapel. The dazzling patterns of colored light have appealed to all faiths and peoples throughout time. 
But glass is also fragile. It easily falls victim to fire, vandalism and the slow erosion of time. It is the perfect symbol for the fragility of built heritage – its beauty is derived in part from its ephemerality.
The fragments of glass that make up the Peace Window will be sourced from countries around the world, all remnants of structures that have been destroyed by natural or human forces – sites such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Baalbek, Herculaneum, World War II era London, flood ravaged sections of New Orleans, and Aleppo, Syria. Collectively, they will embody the intangible heritage of our planet, the shared history of our humanity.
More Information coming soon! 
Azerbaijan -

Palmyra Arch replica displayed in:
• London – Trafalgar Square – April 19-21, 2016
• Manhattan/NYC – City Hall Park – September 19-23, 2016
• Dubai - unveiled at the World Government Summit at Madinat Jumeirah - February 12-14, 2017
• Florence, Italy - Palazzo della Signoria - March 27-April 27, 2017
  - Palazzo Vecchio during the G7 Cultural Summit
• Arona, Italy - Museum of Archaeology – April 29-July 30, 2017
• Washington District of Columbia (D.C) – National Mall – Sept. 26-28, 2018
• Geneva, Switzerland - Palace of Nations, UNCOG - April 12-27, 2019

• Bern, Switzerland – 70th UNECO - June 12-24, 2019

Historical information and prior events surround the Palmyra Triumphal Arch:

Arch of Triumph of Palmyra, Syria – Tammy’s Blogs
Part 1 – April 2016 – Sept 30, 2017 – London, Manhattan, Dubai, Florence, Arona
Part 2 – Timeline review – Palmyra, Carrara, Italy, Marble, Florence, Arona, Insights
Part 3 – Sept. 2018 – D.C., Columbus, Illinois and Roman Emperor Septimius Severus
Part 4 - Oct.-Nov., 2018 – The Hague, The Netherlands, International Court, Syrian Heritage
Part 5 – Dec.1, 2018 – London's Victoria & Albert Museum Cast Court Exhibit
Part 6 – April 2019 – Palace of Nations, UNCOG Geneva
Part 7 – June 2019 – 70th anniversary of UNESCO - Bern, Switzerland