About us

The SILK team has travelled over 20000km, visiting over 30 caravanserais, in west and central Turkey, to carefully and meticulously recreate these beautiful sites. We have created a digital virtual reality experience of each, for all to enjoy. Our goal is to preserve, protect and remember this important part of Turkish heritage.

Team members

Network and connections between institutions are part of SILK.

What we do ?

Research on preservation and awareness of tangible and intangible heritage through the field surveys. SILK uses many forms and methods as described below.



Augmented Reality



360° Images

Virtual Reality

Public Awareness

Partners and Sponsors

The SILK project directed by Assoc. Prof. Güzden Varinlioğlu, in the field of digital heritage, is funded by the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with Assoc. Prof. Takehiko Nagakura, of the Design Computation Lab, Department of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Chevening Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Abdullah Gül Visiting Scholar Program

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives - MISTI Global Seed Funds

TÜBİTAK Visiting Scholar Program

Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Directorate General of Cultural Assets and Museums, Göreme Archeological Site U.S. Mission Turkiye

UCL - Immersive Factual Storytelling