Global Artenia Brings Four Spanish Heritage Sites to the CyArk Archive!

CyArk's Data Donation Program

by Katia Chaterji
January 29, 2015
We are very excited to announce that Spanish company Global Artenia has donated four incredible sites in Spain to CyArk’s archive. These sites include the Oracular Sanctuary and Roman Baths of Mura (Valencia, Spain), Vallferosa Tower (Catalonia, Spain), the Church of Saint Bartolome of Javea (Alicante, Spain), and the Roman Quarry of Medol (Catalonia, Spain).

Global Artenia is based in Palma de Mallorca in the Spanish Balearic Islands. With services ranging from GIS, photogrammetry, 3D laser scanning, spatial data acquisition, 2D-3D graphic design, and cartography, to name just a few, Global Artenia provides highly advanced and integrated project management and services to protect and disseminate cultural heritage. In addition to enhancing the fields of heritage preservation, tourism, and urban planning, Global Artenia offers their expertise for museum management, historical and archaeological documentation, and diverse technical training.

As a colleague in the field of digital preservation, Global Artenia is dedicated to contributing to CyArk’s mission. In donating to CyArk, these wonderful sites become more increasingly accessible to the world, spreading knowledge and awareness of Spain’s rich heritage and culture.

The four sites donated by Global Artenia are the first heritage sites in Spain to join CyArk’s archive. The Oracular Sanctuary and Roman Baths of Mura are excellent examples of Roman Hispania architecture of the late 1st century CE. A large public complex of 20,000 square meters, the remains at Mura are in an excellent state of preservation, and offer much insight into the town’s religious and social life. By contrast, the Vallferosa Tower represents a fascinating link in Catalonia’s military defense system. Built in the 10th century CE as part of a planned system of visually interlinked defense towers, Vallferosa Tower stands as one of the most pristine examples of Romanesque architecture in the world, with architectural influences from the early medieval Christian kingdoms and Islam.

The Church of Saint Bartolome of Javea was built in 1304 CE, and is located in the center of the old town of Javea in Alicante, Spain. The town itself can be traced back to the 6th and 7th centuries CE, and from its origins has demonstrated strong links to Christianity. Lastly, the Roman Quarry of Medol, a limestone quarry, was used to build the most important buildings of Tarraco, currently known as Tarragona in Catalonia, Spain. As one of the 13 Roman architectural sites in Tarragona, the quarry at Medol is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, inscribed under the Archaeological Ensemble of Tárraco.

CyArk would like to thank Alexandra Pavlovic, Managing Director of Global Artenia, for donating these awe-inspiring Spanish sites to CyArk’s archive. These four sites have been securely archived, and have since been nominated for inclusion in the CyArk 500 Challenge. Many thanks to the Global Artenia team for their wonderful work and contribution!

If you are interested in donating existing data from heritage sites around the world, please consider CyArk’s Data Donation Program. You also have the chance to win prizes at the upcoming Spar conference. Visit Makenna's recent blog for more details.
The Church of Saint Bartolome in Alicante, Spain. Photo credit: Global Artenia.
Vallferosa Tower, or Torre de Vallferosa, in Catalonia, Spain. Photo credit: Isidre blanc, Wikimedia Commons.
The Spire at the Roman Quarry of Medol. Photo credit: Global Artenia3D model of the Oracular Sanctuary interior at Mura, created by Global Artenia.