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As part of the exhibition there will be a reconstruction of the throne room of one of the Ancient Near East’s most beautiful buildings: the palace of the Assyrian king, Sennacherib.
British archaeologist Austin Henry Layard was the first to excavate part of the palace, which had lain buried for over 2,500 years, and he sent many pieces to the British Museum. But the throne room was left at the site for visitors to enjoy.
Specialists from Delft University of Technology transformed digital 2D-photographs of the royal reliefs (taken by Italian archaeologists in 2003 in Iraq) into precise 3D models.
Although the remains of the palace were still standing at that time, they were recently deliberately destroyed by ISIL.