What About The “Tetrapylon” which was destroyed by ISIS in Palmyra



The Tetrapylon made up of a square platform (18 m) with foursquare pedestals at the corners. Each pedestal consist of four pink granite one-piece columns imported from Egypt, carrying Corinthian crowns, architraves and friezes topped by a ceiling decorated with very fine shiny colored geometric objects. A statue of four façades erected in the center of each pedestal.

The Tetrapylon is an architectural solution as a crossroad of many streets in Palmyra to hide the 10 degrees turning between the two sections of the main avenue.
The monument made up of four groups of four pink granite Corinthian columns, at the corners of a platform of 18 meters square. A statue of four faces used to stand in the center of each of the pedestals. The Tetrapylon is the end of the second section of the main avenue.

The Tetrapylon

The details of the decors of the Tetrapylon

The Tetrapylon compounds; the Egyptian pink granite columns, the Corinthian crowns, the architraves & friezes, and the one-piece ceiling of each pedestal are all decorated with amazing and very fine colored geometric motives. The pictures attached shows the detailed and scaled objects.

The Tetrapylon functions

The Tetrapylon is an architectural monument erected in the center of an oval piazza where the main roads of the city intersected. It aims to reduce the visual distortion of the straight long streets by focusing on special aesthetic specifications points, as well as to hide the deviation between the two sections of the main street were are not on one axes. It also aims to guide the traffic towards a secondary street, and finally to achieve a very simple aesthetic transmission of the human sight from a scene to another.


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