Liebfrauen church Oberwesel, Spatial Humanities
Liebfrauen church Oberwesel interior, Spatial Humanities

The Inscriptions of the Liebfrauenkirche Oberwesel in their Spatial Context

A pivotal part of the IBR project is a case study in which spatially oriented epigraphy uses new geoinformatic tools and resources developed in the project. We have chosen the Liebfrauen-church in Oberwesel, Rhineland-Palatinate, as the subject of our case study. The church is a designated part of the 'UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Upper Middle-Rhine-Valley'. Our experts from the i3mainz geoinformatics department conducted a laser-scanning campaign, which covered both the interior and the exterior of the church. The following animation of the point cloud shows the degree of precision with which even small parts of the church interior were captured.

Afterwards the resulting point cloud was connected to epigraphical texts from the German Inscription Database DIO (Deutsche Inschriften Online), using a protoype of the annotation and visualisation software GenericViewer. In the first phase (online publication forthcoming), the study analyses the foundation inscription in regard to its communicational purposes. The software serves as a tool for analysis and documentation and helps to relate the isovist of the inscription to the spatial position of social groups, objects and liturgical practices in the church.

Virtual Flight through the Point Cloud