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The modern countries of Syria and Iraq (among others) are located in what was once Ancient Mesopotamia, and as such, they are home to numerous valuable cultural heritage sites. In recent years, political struggles in both countries have placed many of those sites at risk and some have sadly been destroyed. Project Anqa, whose name means "phoenix" in Arabic, is an initiative begun in 2015 that aims to "use new technology to create accurate 3D recordings of heritage sites at risk and to contribute to capacity building in [this] region, the transfer of knowledge, and the creation of permanent architectural inventory units." In February 2019, Project Anqa launched its website, where visitors can digitally explore seven (as of this write-up) cultural heritage sites in Damascus, Syria, "covering the pre-Islamic era to the 18th century." Visitors can choose to experience these sites, which include the 12th-century hospital Bimaristan Nur al-Din and the 18th-century Al-'Azm Palace, through virtual tours or via photographs and case studies. Those interested may also download documentation data, such as lidar scans and panoramic photographs, for each preserved site. Project Anqa is a collaborative initiative led by ICOMOS, the International Council of Monuments and Sites.
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March 8th, 2019
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March 5th, 2019 at 1:03pm
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March 5th, 2019 at 3:22pm
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