Istanbul Digital Mapping Project

Columbia Global Centers | Turkey

Led by Prof. Holger Klein, Professor and Chair, Department of Art History and Archaeology, this is a topographical survey project that aims to create a digital documentation of Byzantine and Ottoman monuments in Istanbul. It is being carried out in partnership with: the American Research Center in Turkey (ARIT), German Archaeological Institute (DAI, Abt. Istanbul), Istanbul Research Institute (IAE), Koc University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) and Pera Museum.

As part of the project, Columbia University and Boğaziçi University held a joint course over the summer (June - August, 2013), offering a group of students from both universities a unique opportunity to learn about the history, urban development and historic monuments of Byzantion/Constantinople/Istanbul. Though coursework and a series of day-long excursions, students were able to explore and understand Istanbul’s modern topography as an exciting palimpsest of empires, cultures and religions. A research and fieldwork component added practical experience in architectural site documentation, Quicktime VirtualReality photography, archival work, and conservation. The course was co-taught by Professor Holger A. Klein, Chair of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and Professor Koray Durak of the Department of History at Boğaziçi University.

Explore the project's website to view the first results of this summer's fieldwork: www.learn.columbia.edu/istanbul/.

The course is being held again in the summer of 2014.

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