A 3D Model of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Caves Unveiled in Ukraine

11 april, 2024

The result of the project, which contributes to the preservation of heritage and promotes the history of Kyiv, is now available for public viewing.

The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy initiated the project to digitize the caves of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra National Reserve. The Skeiron studio, which has been digitizing Ukrainian cultural heritage for eight years, created the 3D model.

The Lavra caves are an invaluable monument of architecture, archaeology, and history. In the 11th century, monastic life began in Ukraine from these caves, giving rise to the Kyiv-Pechersk monastery. Here lies the tomb of its founder, Antoniy, and the relics of 125 saints, including Nestor the Chronicler, iconographer Alypius, physician Agapit, and others.

The nearly 900-meter-long caves are 5 to 15 meters deep. The Skeiron team worked on the virtual model for over a month in two stages. Initially, experts scanned the object with a laser scanner and then processed the images on a computer. Fieldwork was complicated by the caves' low ceiling height, which required maneuvering equipment almost kneeling.
The overall 3D model is available for viewing on the Sketchfab platform, while the more detailed version, stored on a separate server, is available upon individual request. To see it, you need to write to the email address info@skeiron.com.ua. Use is permitted for non-commercial purposes only and only after coordination with the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.

The Skeiron studio has been operating in Ukraine since 2016 and has digitized over 250 historical buildings and more than 350 museum exhibits during this time. The Lavra’s caves became the 80th object of the team within the #SaveUkrainianHeritage project, launched in March 2022 to preserve Ukrainian heritage from Russian occupiers.

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