Glenn Beck and every Christian hysteric and their mothers have been losing their minds over the placing of a replica of the entry arch of the ancient temple of Baal from Palmyra in Times Square. Turns out they’ve been flipping out over nothing. The arch that will go on display is not from that temple at all.
It also may not go up in Times Square at all. They’re putting it up in Trafalgar Square in London and hoping to move it to other cities so that others can get to see this incredible re-creation of a piece of history destroyed by barbarians. Of course, even if it was from the temple of Baal, these hysterics would still be freaking out over nothing. And this almost certainly won’t prevent them from continuing. After all, it’s still an arch from the city where the temple of Baal was located, so it could still be a “portal” through which demons, or whatever the hell they think it will be, can come.
When the IDA revealed last December that it was intending to use its data and expertise to build not one but two replica Palmyra arches – to be unveiled simultaneously in Trafalgar Square in London and Times Square in New York – it generated headlines across the world.
Since then there has been some backtracking on the original idea. There will be no simultaneous unveiling in New York – they may transport the London arch there later, or build another one – and the Palmyra arch that is being reconstructed is no longer the entrance to the Temple of Bel (which survived an attempt to blow it up in August 2015) but the Arch of Triumph (partially destroyed in October) formerly located at one end of the Great Colonnade.