The damage mapping “Built Heritage Documentation” documents important monuments with their damage and destruction. It uses information from historical and current photos, drawings and videos that provide a comprehensive overview of the condition of a building in various phases.

To this end, the method of digital compilation and assessment in a web-based database has been chosen. It is accessible to all interested persons who are professionally or voluntarily committed to this task – whether researchers, institutions and projects, associations or local activists.

In this respect, the project participates in international efforts to protect Syria’s built heritage and cooperates with the UNESCO World Heritage Center. Currently, the work is concentrated on the old city of Aleppo; it is funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung.


The Rapid Condition Assessment (RCA) of Syria’s built heritage:

  • is needed as the first level of action,
  • in order to determine first aid measures, and
  • for a prioritization of further intervention.

The Built Heritage Documentation (Damage Assessment) seeks to harmonize basic parts of its survey form with available international expertise and experience, such as those of the UNESCO, the DGAM (Syrian Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums), and others.

The Detailed Condition Assessment (DCA) of Syria’s built heritage:

  • provides the basis for surveying the destruction,
  • formulates recommendations and
  • serves as a basic reference for subsequent reconstruction

After the compilation of the respective material by the Built Heritage Documentation (Damage Assessment), a timeline visualizes various conditions, damage and destruction related to a building. As the main result of the condition assessment and classification of a building, even down to its individual parts, priorities of necessary measures can be determined.