Digital audit of the Cistercian Abbey in Oliwa

November 7, 2022

We are carrying out a detailed digital audit at the former Cistercian abbey in Oliva, on the basis of which it will be possible to determine precisely the scope, level of difficulty and detailed cost estimate for the digitisation work that may be carried out in the future.

The medieval foundation of the Cistercian Order monastery is the oldest monastic institution in Gdansk Pomerania, existing continuously from 1188 to 1831. The abbey is a place of particular historical importance through its association with significant events and important historical figures. King Sigismund III Vasa signed the Pacta conventa in Oliwa, and on 3 May 1660 in the Small Refectory the treaty between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Sweden, known as the Oliwa Peace, was signed.

The complex consists of: the Archcathedral Basilica of the Holy Trinity in Oliwa, Gdańsk (the former monastery church), monastery buildings adjoining to the south, grouped around a quadrilateral cloister’s garth, incomplete perimeter of the inner ring of defence walls, a group of outbuildings situated on the south-east side of the monastery (Szafarnia, the monastery granary), the Old and New Abbey Palace, the Abbey Granary and the Abbey Garden – currently the site of Adam Mickiewicz Park. Adam Mickiewicz Park with the Orangery, the Abbey Stables with the Coach House and a preserved section of the outer ring of walls, as well as the parish church of St. James and the Gate House (Plague Gate).

We focused our efforts on two key sites: The cathedral and the monastery buildings, which currently house the Gdansk Theological Seminary.

We use a wide range of tools in our work, including laser and optical scanners, drones, medium format cameras and 3D cameras. Taking advantage of the good weather, we also carried out a photogrammetric raid using an RGB and multispectral camera, in view of the magnificent Oliwa Park, adjacent to the above-mentioned buildings from the north and west.

The use of several types of cameras in the raid will allow us to map tree density, tree health (chlorophyll and biomass), and in the future to monitor and identify stand diseases, detect and monitor invasive species, vegetation regeneration rates and analyse damage, tree species classification, park resource management (inventory), etc.

We have completed more than 20 projects, digitising more than 1,000 exhibits

We wish to cooperate with owners of monuments of sacred and secular architecture who understand the importance of conducting digitisation processes and want to disseminate knowledge about their monument in an interactive and virtual form, in accordance with the WCAG 2.1 standard.