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From clandestine caverns to sepulchral chapels. Shedding light on the mysterious Holy Caves of Granada’s Sacromonte Abbey.

Manuel Alejandro Ródenas-López, Pedro Miguel Jiménez-Vicario, Antonio Gómez-Blanco Pontes, Josefina García-León


The principal objective of this research work is to produce a thorough cartographical representation of the Holy Caves of Sacromonte Abbey. Today, no graphical documentation remains in existence to act as successor to what Ambrosio de Vico created on copper plates in 1596. By comparing the modelling of the Holy Caves produced through new digital technologies with the top-view drawings of the ancient engravings, will be able to identify areas of both alignment and divergence from the original layout plan. With this information, we will then be able to produce a hypothesis pertaining to the caves’ evolution, acked up by the sources that we have consulted from Sacromonte Abbey’s own archive and from the Historic Diocesan Archive of Granada. The sum of this information will enable us to document this unique example of subterranean heritage via a multimedia approach leveraging the digital representation of historical monuments.



surveying; subterranean; heritage; Granada; Sacromonte

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Copyright (c) 2018 Manuel Ródenas López, Pedro Jiménez, Josefina García, Antonio Gómez Blanco

ISSN 1828 5961
Registration at L'Aquila Law Court no 3/15 on 29th June, 2015.
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