Mainz-Worms-Speyer. Three medieval cities in central Europe as linked data (Stadtmodelle)

Project Name
Mainz-Worms-Speyer. Three medieval cities in central Europe as linked data
Project Acronym
Project Purpose(s)
Project Outcome(s)
2d graphics
3d representation
3d printing
Project Time Span
2018-09 — 2020-09
Project Description

In order to preserve the importance of the three imperial cities and to promote identification among the population, they are now to be recreated, documented and presented in the form of digital 3D reconstructions in their developments as important European cities of the High Middle Ages. This project therefore incorporates scientifically sound findings from monument preservation and state archeology, as well as historical evidence. These are implemented in a source-based, albeit partly hypothetical 3D reconstruction due to the source situation and the early date. Within a virtual research environment, the underlying sources and information are digitally developed, structured, networked and condensed. The reconstructed 3D models are linked to the sources and an interpretive reconstruction process takes place. The scientific nature is maintained and knowledge compression and contextualization based on the models created takes place. The digital 3D reconstruction together with the 3D data sets semantically enriched within the virtual research environment offers a sustainable and reliable basis for versatile applications within the project and beyond.

The digital sources developed and structured in this way, as well as the 3D models, provide the starting point for a web-based exhibition on the occasion of the state exhibition "The Emperors and the Pillars of their Power - from Charlemagne to Friedrich Barbarossa" in 2020 in Rhineland-Palatinate. Palatinate, where visitors can query the respective cities in their development as well as the knowledge behind the city models. It will thus be possible to experience the cities and their individual components in their historical dimension and in the historical terrain far beyond their borders and to experience them "at the click of a mouse" and thus to be accessible to everyone and at all times. Through cross-references and contextualisation, they stand as examples for the development of the European city.

The content of the project is supported and developed jointly by the General Directorate for Cultural Heritage Rhineland-Palatinate (GDKE), the Bassermann Foundation at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums in Mannheim and the Research Center for History and Cultural Heritage (FGKE) at the University of Heidelberg. While the FGKE primarily brings in the historical testimonies and sources for these cities, the GDKE’s Departments of State Monument Preservation and State Archeology also incorporate the findings of years of building investigations and excavations, including current research on Jewish monuments.

The development within the virtual research environment as well as the implementation of the digital 3D reconstructions and the documentation of the process takes place together with the printing of the haptic models on a scale of 1:1000 at the architecture institute of the Mainz University of Applied Sciences.