Digital Reconstruction of Jerusalem’s Lost Mughrabi Quarter and The Virtual Illés Relief Initiative

2 April 2020 @ 18 h 30
Rue de Fribourg 5
1201 Genève
022 731 84 40
A presentation by Dr. Maryvelma O’Neil

Come take a virtual tour of late-nineteenth-century Jerusalem! A recent 3D scan of the Illés Model (1:500 scale), owned by the citizens of Geneva, will provide you with extraordinary views of Jerusalem in 1873. At this time the city was the geographical, spiritual, political and administrative center of Palestine under late Ottoman rule.

The creation of a web-based, GIS-enabled interactive platform will enable users around the world to digitally explore the virtual replica of Old City of Jerusalem. Modelmaker, Stephan Illés, included many sites that have since been altered or destroyed, such as the Mughrabi Quarter, which was razed in 1967, then replaced with the Western Wall Plaza.

A digital museology installation will allow visitors to interact with the virtual relief through AR, VR, and/or MR immersive experience. An informative VR film will transport viewers on a narrated tour.

The Virtual Illés Relief Initiative is a legacy project. Emerging technologies will facilitate ongoing exploration, presentation — and hopefully protection — of Jerusalem’s rich multicultural heritage of outstanding universal value.

Dr. Maryvelma O’Neil is a Senior Research Fellow at Webster University, Geneva. She is founder and director of ARCH Jerusalem, the Swiss-accredited NGO that advocates for the preservation of vulnerable cultural heritage in Jerusalem.


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