SURVEYING WORLD HERITAGE ISLAMIC MONUMENTS IN NORTH AFRICA: EXPERIENCES WITH SIMPLE PHOTOGRAMMETRIC TOOLS AND NO PREVIOUS PLANNING
Keywords: Islamic architecture, World Heritage, photogrammetry, simple tools, 3 x 3 rules
Abstract. Different experiences of surveys of Islamic monuments from different sites of Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco are presented. They have been made with simple tools: one photographic camera and a laser meter, without a previous planning or prevision for the survey, profiting from visits organized during scientific meetings to which the author was invited. Some of these monuments belong to sites included in the World Heritage List, but no metric documents or only low quality information is available. Monumental Almohad gates from Rabat and Marrakech, the al-Badi palace of Marrakech, the minarets of Mansura and the Qala of Beni Hammad, the dome in front of the mihrab of the mosque of Tlemcen are some of the examples to be presented.
The methodology applied is based on ideas and tools acquired in CIPA meetings proving the usefulness of these encounters but supporting the idea that "providers" should provide tools and methods and "users" should be responsible for documentation, never missing the opportunity of acquiring knowledge from the heritage during the survey process.