Digital Reconstruction of Lost Architectural Heritage on the Case Study of Two 19th Century Houses


  • Dimitrina Popova Institute of Art Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 21, Krakra Str., Sofia, Bulgaria



3D, Preservation, Architectural Heritage, Virtual Reality


I discuss sources, main stages and results of digital three-dimensional reconstruction of destroyed houses from the 19th century in the town of Teteven. The goal is to test a new model of preservation of architectural heritage which exists now only in archived drawings and to establish new conditions of rethinking its value in virtual reality. I introduce the concept of monuments of absence insofar as the digital avatars possess authenticity and sacredness.


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How to Cite

Popova, D. (2023). Digital Reconstruction of Lost Architectural Heritage on the Case Study of Two 19th Century Houses. Digital Presentation and Preservation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage, 13, 117–126.