Creating a 3d replica of the Kala-Koreysh settlement

Creating a 3d replica of the Kala-Koreysh settlement

The first project in the Cultural Heritage 2.0 programme was set in motion in October of 2015.  This was to preserve the cultural heritage in the Kara-Koreysh settlement located in the Republic of Dagestan.  It is regarded as one of the first Islamic settlements in our country.

The Foundation’s partner in this project is Factum Arte, the well-known Spanish firm that specializes in using innovative technology for the preservation and replication of artefacts of the world’s cultural heritage.

Our main priority is support of gifted young people.  In keeping with that, young photographers were invited to join in the work.  A competition for Dagestani photographers was conducted, and the two best went to Madrid to join our partners for training in the techniques of 3D scanning and photogrammetry with specialized equipment.  The Lucida scanner for 3D modelling that permits replication of pieces of our cultural heritage with maximum accuracy was readied for the project and shipped to Dagestan.  There are only a few such scanners anywhere in the world, and now one of them is in Dagestan for use in the programme.

After two months of training in Madrid the international team of Factum Arte specialists and Dagestani photographers set out on the expedition to Kala-Koreysh to make 3D replicas of the ancient Islamic outpost.

Even though Kala-Koreysh is a unique settlement, almost no researchers have studied it because of the difficulty of access.  During this expedition our specialists have managed to scan the whole of the mosque along with the gravesites and the ancient headstones.  This will enable the cultural and scientific community located all across the world to study this historic monument fully, down to the finest detail.

At present the data collected on the expedition is being compiled, and there are also plans in development for scientific and research studies and exhibitions.