Conveying Cappadocia. A new representation model for rock-cave architecture by contour lines and chromatic codes


  • Fabio Colonnese Sapienza University
  • Marco Carpiceci Sapienza University
  • Carlo Inglese Sapienza University



Cappadocia, Karanlik Monastery, Rock-cut architecture, Cultural Heritage, Infographic representation


Architectural heritage preservation is based on an in-depth, multi-layered and interdisciplinary knowledge of the cultural heritage sites, especially when they are a combination between natural and artificial, such as rupestrian (cave) architecture often is. Survey and representation of rock-cut architecture is one of the most problematic issues for a number of problems concerning the geometrical complexity of the interior and exterior enveloping surfaces. Laserscanner is an appropriate tool concerning the registration of geometric and spatial properties of artificial caves in continuity with the external topography, but automatic representations are often unable to convey their hidden geometric and spatial relationships. In the context of a work methodology customized on the rupestrian habitat of Cappadocia (Turkey), the authors developed an original envisioning model in which an associate use of contour lines and chromatic codes transforms traditional orthogonal projections after the numeric model into drawings able to offer a synthesis and transmit the complex forms and relationships of rupestrian settlements.


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Author Biographies

Fabio Colonnese, Sapienza University

Department of History, Drawing and Restoration of Architecture


Marco Carpiceci, Sapienza University

Department of History, Drawing and Restoration of Architecture

Carlo Inglese, Sapienza University

Department of History, Drawing and Restoration of Architecture


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How to Cite

Colonnese, F., Carpiceci, M., & Inglese, C. (2016). Conveying Cappadocia. A new representation model for rock-cave architecture by contour lines and chromatic codes. Virtual Archaeology Review, 7(14), 13–19.