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May 4, 2007

CyArk Documents Historic Muslim Site in Cairo

The CyArk 3D Heritage Archive archived 3D digital documentation of the Bab al-Barqiyya gate of the Ayyubid Wall, a historic example of Muslim architecture from the Ayyubid era. The archived data includes 3D point cloud models, architectural CAD drawings, high-resolution photographs, panoramic photographs and animations. The Bab al-Barqiyya (1176 CE) is a fortified gate built as a part of the Ayyubid wall by Salah al-Din after the fall of the Fatimid Dynasty. This activity is part of a historic preservation and development project in Cairo of the Historic Cities Support Programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). Cyark, established by laser scanning pioneer Ben Kacyra and his wife, Barbara, is a nonprofit project of the Kacyra Family Foundation with the mission of preserving cultural heritage sites through collecting, archiving and providing open access to data created by laser scanning, digital modeling, and other state-of-the-art technologies.

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