Using 3D Technology to Preserve Ancient Frescoes
World Monuments Fund - World Monuments Fund
Michael Walsh discusses the efforts to save the forgotten frescoes of Famagusta, Cyprus.
Founded in the late tenth century and rising to prominence after the fall of Acre in 1291, the port city of Famagusta once rivaled Constantinople and Venice as a center for maritime commerce. Through the centuries, Famagusta was ruled by a succession of conquerors including French, Greek, Genoese, Venetian, Ottoman, and British-creating an astonishingly varied artistic and architectural legacy. The historic walled city of Famagusta was included on the World Monuments Watch in 2008 and 2010, drawing attention to the beauty and significance of the famed city, and the critical conservation and maintenance needs to protect the historic structures. After a 2008 mission to assess key structures in Famagusta, WMF sponsored the conservation of the fifteenth-century Forty Martyrs of Sebaste in the Church of Saints Peter and Paul. The Forty: Saving The Forgotten Frescoes of Famagusta, Cyprus, a documentary film by Dan Frodsham, tells the story of Famagusta's first successful art intervention in almost eight decades. To learn more about the historic walled city of Famagusta, visit www.wmf.org