The Arch of Ctesiphon, Taq-I-Kisra in Iraq, has been trashed in recent years by conflict and weather. It bears little resemblance to this picture from 1864 when the right facade was still standing.
And any enthusiasm for reconstruction has been hampered by the fact that after 2003 it became an Al-Qaeda stronghold. But good news. Czech company Everis has been brought in to help secure and restore the site, reports in Al Arabiya:
Iraqi authorities have contracted a Czech firm to carry out a 10-month restoration of the ancient Arch of Ctesiphon as part of a plan to boost tourism to the once-popular site.
Through the decades of conflict that have wracked Iraq, the famed 6th century monument, which is the world’s largest brick-built arch and the last structure still standing from the ancient Persian imperial capital Ctesiphon, has fallen into disrepair.
A massive slab fell off late last year as a result of damp caused by heavy rains.
It lies south of Baghdad, just a short distance from the tomb of Salman Pak, one of the companions of the Prophet Mohammed.
Together, the two sites form what was once one of Iraq’s main tourist attractions in the town of Madain.