Church of St. Sophia, Republic of North Macedonia

General Attributes
Project NameChurch of St. Sophia
CountryRepublic of North Macedonia
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Data Types

Data Type Size Device Name Device Type
LiDAR - Terrestrial40.05 GBFaro Focus S350 Phase Based Laser Scanner
Photogrammetry - Terrestrial192.25 GBPhase One IQ3 , Nikon D810 Medium Format Digital , DSLR
Photogrammetry - Aerial29.97 GBDJI Phantom 4 Pro Drone
Site DescriptionFrom the foundation's mortar to the heavy roof, St. Sophia Church illuminates centuries of an area ruled by Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires, reflecting the diversity of religious life that people have cultivated in the area for over 1,000 years. Built on the foundations of a 5th century Roman church, rulers have continually destroyed and rebuilt the structure, reusing materials from previous buildings. Byzantine influence covers the walls of the church, displayed in a muted array of fresco paintings. When the Ottoman empire moved into the region in the 15th century, they converted the building into a mosque, plastering over the frescos and constructing minarets on the north chapel. Remnants of the Byzantine empire can also be found in the pavement, which was modified using rubble from the preexisting structure. The building's reuse of old materials reflect centuries of different empires influencing life on the shores of Lake Ohrid.
Project DescriptionIn September 2018, CyArk documented St. Sophia Church on the shores of Lake Ohrid in the Republic of North Macedonia. Several months prior, CyArk was contacted by an architect from the city of Ohrid who requested assistance documenting some of the monuments in the historic old town, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. CyArk began discussions with the Ministry of Culture and decided to complete work on St. Sophia Church in advance of an upcoming conservation program. CyArk documented the exterior and exterior of the church with additional high resolution capture focusing on the frescoes located in the interior. In addition to the documentation work, CyArk staff also provided a workshop to the Ministry of Culture of Macedonia as well as local architects from Ohrid.
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Collection Date2018-10-25 to 2018-10-29
Publication Date2019-04-18
License TypeCC BY-NC-SA
FundersJohn Ristevski
Site AuthorityMinisty of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia
CyArk 2019: Church of St. Sophia - LiDAR - Terrestrial , Photogrammetry - Terrestrial , Photogrammetry - Aerial . Collected by CyArk . Distributed by Open Heritage 3D.

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