Digital documentation of the Qsar es-Said Palace

We are pleased to award the Digital documentation of the Qsar es-Said Palace project £93,125

This digital documentation project will provide a 3D educational model of a historically important palace in Tunis, which has been closed for the last 50 years. 

The Qsar es-Said Palace 

This project focusses on the tangible and intangible heritage associated with the Qsar es-Said Palace in Tunis, located in the neighbourhood of the Bardo Palace, where the Beys ran Tunisia from the 17th Century. The palace was built in the first half of the 19th Century by Ismail Es Scarlett, Keeper of the Seals and brother-in-law of Safok Bey, the ruler of Tunisia from 1859-1881.  

The Palace has associations with many of the early achievements of the country, including the first written constitution of the Arab-Muslim world, and contains a wealth of architectural and decorative features which reference Tunisia’s rich cultural history and its Ottoman, Arab, Muslim and European influences. Until December 2016 the Palace had been closed to the public for 50 years, and the attack on the nearby Bardo Museum confirms that sites of cultural significance such as the Qsar es-Said are now at risk of future attacks.

Creating an interactive 3D model

During this six month project, The Virtual Experience Company will produce a detailed and interactive 3D model of the Qsar es-Said Palace using laser scanning, photography and photogrammetry. The model will be made available online and it will be possible to explore it in real time, and access detailed information on the many architectural features of the palace. 

In addition to this, hot spot content will be developed to provide social and economic context to the palace’s architectural features, and embedded audio narrative, archive material and quotes from historical figures will provide additional perspectives on the palace and its inhabitants. This innovative and interactive digital platform will ensure that a bigger and wider range of people are able to engage with this valuable Tunisian heritage. 

About The Virtual Experience Company

The Virtual Experience Company develops 3D and Virtual Reality models of historic sites and museum artefacts. Using the latest developments in computer games technologies, they enable visitors with a passion for cultural heritage to explore virtual reconstructions of heritage sites across the world. 

Their projects have ranged from simple 3D panoramas to full 3D projections and have been used for education, interpretation, tourism and for providing virtual access for disabled visitors.

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