Armenian heritage is a long-surviving heritage that has been developing over centuries in and around the Armenian Plateau, with its first kingdom, the Kingdom of Urartu, forming in the Iron Age (1200 BC to 500 BC).
Today, Armenian heritage continues to be not only a rich and irreplaceable resource to the world’s collective history, but also the precious source of identity for millions of Armenians living in the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian Diaspora across the globe.
In order to help safeguard this precious heritage, the non-profit CyArk has partnered with Yerevan's Tumo Center for Creative Technologies to launch the initiative Armenian Heritage: A Virtual Pilgrimage in order to digitally document Armenian heritage sites.
By utilizing state-of-the-art technologies in 3D documentation, this proposed project will not only safeguard the blueprints of these heritage sites for generations to come, but also provide Armenian and non-Armenian students across the world with the opportunity to go on a virtual pilgrimage which will showcase the documented heritage sites through immersive virtual tours and educational content.
In January 2015, the "Armenian Heritage: A Virtual Pilgrimage" kicked off with the on-site capture of The Geghard Monastery. The CyArk team along with students from TUMO visited the Monastery and spent the day scanning the exterior and interior of the structure. Once captured, the TUMO students received hands on tutorials of how to use and manipulate the data for the ultimate Pilgrimage experience. This beautiful project including Monastery maps, Khachkars, 3D tours and more can be found here.
We look to build on the success of the first project, the Geghard Monastery and continue our Armenian journey. We need your help to support the 3D capture of the at least nine more meaningful sites. Each site will be its own project and will provide advanced hands-on skills for students in Armenia as well as educational content for Armenians and non-Armenians across the globe.
Learn more about the partners, Tumo and CyArk, below, and find out how you can contribute to this extraordinary project.
The Tumo Center for Creative Technologies (Թումո ստեղծարար տեխնոլոգիաների կենտրոն) is an innovative free-of-charge digital media learning center for students aged 12-18 in Yerevan, Armenia. Learn More
CyArk is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the digital preservation of cultural heritage. Using advanced documentation technologies, CyArk is working to create accurate records of our humanity's collective heritage. Learn More