Collart – Palmyra: The Digital Restoration of the Baalshamîn Temple
On Syrian Heritage
The 2nd-century CE Baalshamin temple in Palmyra, a unique example of the fusion of Syrian and Roman architecture, was completely destroyed by Daesh in August 2015. The project will create a digital restoration of the temple, integrating scans of architectural elements prepared by Iconem in 2016 with digitized materials from the archives of the Swiss archaeologist Paul Collart, who documented the site in the 1930s-60s. The outcome will be a dynamic, diachronic, 3D model integrating several reconstructions of the monument based on archival materials and scans made by Iconem after the destruction. The models and other digital materials will be available online on open access basis through a dedicated web site.