Madrasa al-Jaqmaqiya, Syria

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Project NameMadrasa al-Jaqmaqiya
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Data Types

Data Type Size Device Name Device Type
LiDAR - Terrestrial18.21 GBFaro Focus X330 Phase Based Laser Scanner
Photogrammetry0.95129 GBCanon EOS 6D DSLR
Site DescriptionA madrasa, usually defined as an Islamic religious school, may also refer to a multi-function building that incorporates a mosque or mausoleum in addition to spaces for teaching and housing students. The Madrasa al-Jaqmaqiya built between 1418 and 1420 for the governor of Damascus Jaqmaq al-Arghunshawiin Damascus, includes a mausoleum. Dating back to the Mamluk era, the building is characterized by its black and white arches, ablaq masonry which features alternating black and white stone, and mix of floral and geometric motifs. Bands of stone-carved Arabic inscriptions also decorate the building, reflecting the Mamluk appreciation for the symbolic power of architecture. The Madrasa al-Jaqmaqiya has transformed over the years, from additional rooms added to the upper level in the 19th century, to restoration work following damage to the roof and walls during World War II.
Project DescriptionMadrassa al-Jaqmaqia was documented as part of Project Anqa, a collaboration between the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), CyArk and Carleton University, funded by the Arcadia Foundation in the UK. The project began in 2015 in response to the catastrophic loss of heritage in the Middle East and aimed to protect monuments by providing training on digital preservation techniques for local heritage professionals in the region. CyArk provided several training and workshops in Lebanon to Syrian heritage professionals in 2016 and 2017 in partnership with the UNESCO Office for the Preservation of Syrian Cultural Heritage. The Madrassa al-Jaqmaqia in Damascus was documented by the trained members of the Syrian Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums using photogrammetry and LiDAR.
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Collection Date2017-08-10 to 2017-08-22
Publication Date2019-04-18
License TypeCC BY-NC-SA
CollectorsDirectorate General of Antiquities and Museums
FundersArcadia Fund
PartnersCyArk , Carleton University , ICOMOS , UNESCO - The Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Heritage Project , Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage - Yale University
Site AuthorityDirectorate General of Antiquities and Museums
CyArk 2019: Madrasa al-Jaqmaqiya - LiDAR - Terrestrial , Photogrammetry . Collected by Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums . Distributed by Open Heritage 3D.

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