Hirsau, a German village in the northern part of the Black Forest, today a suburb of Calw, has a rich history. The Hirsau Abbey, known as the "Hirschau Abbey" in the local Swabian dialect, was founded around 830 CE by Count Erlafried of Calw, and is recognized as the most prominent Benedictine abbeys in Germany. The Abbey's abbot from 1069-1091, William of Hirsau, introduced the Astrolab for the measurement of latitude positions, a fact not commonly known by the geodetic community today.
Hirsau Abbey was destroyed in 1692 by the French army during the Nine Years' War. The ruins visible today include the Cloister, the Hunting lodge, and the Lady Chapel, which is in use today as a Protestant church.
This project is being conducted at the Institute for Photogrammetry (IFP) at Stuttgart University, Germany, with the goal to create a complete 3D photorealistic model of the entire Hirsau Abbey. The photorealistic model will augment the site's cultural, archival, and tourism presence, and contribute to the region's cultural heritage legacy.
The "Hunting Lodge" was recorded first, followed by the "Cloister" and the "Marian Chapel." This project witnessed several contributers, including the Club Friends Monastery Hirsau ("Verein Freunde Kloster Hirsau"), the Calw-Hirsau (registered association for the care of the Hirsau Abbey site), and the Land Office for Historical Monuments' Care ("Landesamt für Denkmalpflege"), Stuttgart. CyArk looks forward to archiving the Hirsau Abbey data, making the history and story of this important site accessible to the public.