The Monumental Arch, also known as the Arch of Triumph or the Arch of Septimius Severus, was a Roman ornamental archway built in Palmyra, Syria.
Constructed over 200 (?) years sometime during the reign of emperor Septimius Severus, which lasted from 193 - 211 AD, the site of the arch created a free link between the main street of the Great Colonnade and the Temple of Bel (see images below). The arch was meant to integrate the southern and central parts of the Colonnade.
Whislt some say that the structure was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the Roman's victories over the Parthians, others believe that it was constructed for Emperor Hadrian, although he had been dead for over a century when the arch was built. The arch is decorated with ornate stone carvings, including reliefs depicting plants or geometrical designs. These were similar to those found on other arches built turing Severus' reign eslewhere in the Roman Empire.
In April 2016 a 3D printed replica of the Arch was presented in Trafalgar Square, London and will continue to tour the world's capital cities before 'returning' to Palmyra. As the 3D Model of the arch is not available to the public, we have decided to recreate our own representation through scanning the printed arch ourselves. Much as how the structure was a passageway for free people, we want to share its representation for free. Cultural Heritage is a sense of shared past and shouldn't be exploited for commercial gain.
The Great Colonnade of Palmyra
The Temple of Bel, Palmyra
This object is part of "Scan The World". Scan the World is a non-profit initiative introduced by MyMiniFactory, through which we are creating a digital archive of fully 3D printable sculptures, artworks and landmarks from across the globe for the public to access for free. Scan the World is an open source, community effort, if you have interesting items around you and would like to contribute, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can help.