Welcome to Faras.
The Faras Gallery (National Museum in Warsaw) is home to Europe’s only display of Nubian art and cultural artefacts from the Christian period (ca. mid-6th-14th centuries). In a modern design, using multimedia presentations, including 3D film, it presents the most exquisite treasures of a civilisation developing some 1,500 years ago in what is today’s northern Sudan.
The depictions of saints, archangels and Nubian bishops are originally from a cathedral church in Faras (formerly Pachoras), a city that was an important administrative and cultural centre of the medieval African kingdom of Nobadia in the Nile Valley.
These works now reside in the National Museum in Warsaw thanks to the efforts of Polish archaeologists who took part in the massive UNESCO-led international campaign to preserve the remnants of cultures once occupying the Nile River Valley south of the First Cataract. Working under the direction of Prof Kazimierz Michałowski in the ancient city of Faras near the present-day Sudanese-Egyptian border, the team discovered well-preserved ruins of an 8th-century cathedral church. Its walls were decorated with magnificent mural paintings on religious themes, dating from the 8th-14th centuries. The discovery was hailed as the ‘miracle of Faras’.
FARAS 3D inventively combines archaeological data with modern audiovisual technology.
The presentation centers on the cathedral in Faras, which was the biggest discovery ever by Polish archaeologists abroad, and recalls the life and achievement of the discoverer, Professor Kazimierz Michałowski. A stereoscopic 3D image of the cathedral lets one explore the interior of a church that has now been submerged at the bottom of Lake Nasser for over half a century.
For the first time an ancient Nubian cathedral has been restored to life by modern animation and computer design.
A multimedia show Faras 3D is available at the Professor Michałowski Faras Gallery of the National Museum in Warsaw starting from 18 October 2014.