Cloister of the Abbey of Saint Michel de Cuxa

Abbey of Saint Michel de Cuxa

3D point cloud obtained by terrestrial laserscanning

Location: Saint Michel the Cuxa, France

Institute: CNRS-MAP laboratory (UMR CNRS/MCC 3495 MAP) 

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The abbey of Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa (Catalan: Sant Miquel de Cuixà) is a Benedictine abbey located in the territory of the commune of Codalet, in the Pyrénées-Orientales département, in southwestern France. It was an important cultural centre in the regency of Abbot Oliva. Parts of it now makes up the Cloisters museum in New York City. The origins of Cuixà abbey lie at Sant Andreu d'Eixalada abbey, founded in about 840, and located at the head of the Tet valley. In the autumn of 878, the river broke its banks ˛flooding and destroying the monastery (located near the river-bed) forcing the monks to seek refuge in the surrounding countryside. The community then transferred to Cuixà, a minor cenobitic community dedicated to Saint Germanus, led by Father Protasius. In June 879, Protasius and Miro the Elder, count of Con˛ent and Roussillon, signed the founding treaty of the new monastery, whereby Cuixà extended its properties with those contributed by Eixalada and Protasius was named abbot. The abbey continued under the protection of the count of Cerdanya and Con˛ent. The territory then came under the domain of the family of Wilfred I, count of Barcelona in 870. In about 940, under the initiative of Sunifred II of Cerdanya, a new church dedicated to Saint Michael was built. In 956 the building was refurbished and made more sumptuous; the main altar was consecrated on 30 September 974 by Garí, a monk from Cluny who led ÿve southern monasteries. When the Doge of Venice, Pietro I Orseolo, accepted Romuald's advice to become a monk, abdicated his office and fleed in the night. it was to Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa that he retired, accompanied by Romuald and his companion, Marinus, who established a hermitage nearby. 

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Time of flight and phase swift laser scanning, terrestrial and UAV-based photogrammetry 

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Faro Focus 3D, Trimble GX, Nikon D3X, Nikon D300, Copter 4 (surveycopter) 

Modelling Software

Modelling Software

NUBES Forma, Maya

Model usU

Model Use

Education, virtual exploration, interpretation centre content and tourism guides. 

Processing Pipeline

Processing Pipeline

GEOMETRIC RECONSTRUCTION: Automatic meshing from a dense 3D point cloud (sculpted elements); Interactive and semi-automatic reconstruction based on relevant profiles (existing architectural elements)

MODEL STRUCTURING: The 3D model has been decomposed in elementary entities, partially hierarchically organized.

VISUAL ENRICHMENT: Texture extraction and projection starting from photographs finely oriented on the 3D model (Image-based-modeling) ; Texturing by generic shaders.

DATASET STRUCTURE (Geometry): Single 3D file structured with 1 level of detail

DATASET STRUCTURE (Textures): Embedded into the 3D geometry file; Stored as external 2D files

Online Delivery

Online Delivery

WebGL – two interactive 3D models : exterior and interior .  


Licence for Dataset
Creative Commons

Creative Commons - Attribution, Non Commercial, No Derivatives.