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Bringing Impossible Places to the Public: Three Ideas for Rupestrian Churches in Goreme, Kapadokya Utilizing a Digital Survey, 3D Printing, and Augmented Reality

Giorgio Verdiani
  • Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Architettura, Italy
Published Online: 2015-04-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2015-0007


The churches of St. Eustache, the Meryemana and St. Daniel are located in the Göreme area in Kapadokya, Turkey. Each of the three structures is composed of a main church with a refuge system. Nowadays these churches have limited access: they cannot be visited by a common tourist. Thus, they are a meaningful sample of rupestrian architecture, containing important mural paintings and suggestive spaces. Using digital survey techniques, 3D modelling and 3D printing to produce physical copies from the originals, this research project tries to find articulate and well working solutions to bring these architectural structures to the public.

Keywords: Kapadokya; Turkey; 3D Laser Scanner; Rupestrian; Churches


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About the article

Received: 2014-11-27

Accepted: 2015-01-29

Published Online: 2015-04-16

Citation Information: Open Archaeology, ISSN (Online) 2300-6560, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2015-0007. Export Citation

© 2015 Giorgio Verdiani. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

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