Documenting the Heart of Damascus, Syria

How the Museum of Arabic Calligraphy was digitally preserved

Scanning the Al Azem Palace by DGAM SyriaCyArk

Madrassa al-Jaqmaqia is a former Islamic school from the Mamluk era that now houses the Museum of Arabic Calligraphy. It was documented as part of Project Anqa, a collaboration between the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), CyArk, and Carleton University.  

eshmun trainingCyArk

Syrian heritage professionals from the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums traveled to Lebanon to train in digital documentation so they could help preserve six cultural sites in Damascus, including the Madrasa.

CyArk teaching students how to use LiDAR scanners by CyArkCyArk

The madrasa is located next to the Umayyad mosque in the heart of the old city of Damascus. It was documented with LiDAR laser scanning.

Photogrammetry at the Temple of Eshmun (2017-01-17) by CyArkCyArk

High resolution digital photographs were also taken of the structure.

Madrasa al Jaqmaqiya 3D modelCyArk

The photographs and LiDAR were later aligned to create high resolution 3D models of the structures. You can view the 3D model here

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