Masjid Sultan in 3D


Raffles Hotel Singapore hosts a monumental exhibition with a twist

SINGAPORE, April 2015: Raffles Hotel Singapore is partnering the Preservation of Sites and Monuments division (PSM) of the National Heritage Board, to showcase an exhibition featuring selected National Monuments in Singapore with a unique twist. Expect to view Raffles Hotel and 26 other monuments as artistic 3D photographs by Italian Photographer Alberto Fanelli offering a different perspective to these cultural treasures.

IN SIGHT – A Monumental 3D Journey is held in conjunction with the Singapore HeritageFest 2016 and supported by the Italian Cultural Institute. To be exhibited at the Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade from 6 to 20 May 2016, the pieces are the creation of Italian photographer Alberto Fanelli. Don the provided anaglyph 3D glasses that lend the visitor the feeling of being present at the buildings, and view their intricacies up close. For instance, one can study the carefully restored ornamentations on the roof of Yueh Hai Ching Temple, or explore the inside of Maghain Aboth Synagogue, which is rarely opened to the general public.
Other National Monuments featured in the exhibition include places of worship, schools, former government buildings, and medical institutions. These include the former Supreme Court, Sultan Mosque, the former St Joseph’s Institution and of course, Raffles Hotel Singapore. Established in 1887, the latter is Singapore’s longest operating luxury hotel and was gazetted as a National Monument a century later. After enjoying the image of its iconic Neo-Renaissance style façade at IN SIGHT, visitors are welcome to head to the front of the property to capture their own renditions of the building’s exterior.


The stereographic images focus on selected architectural features such as a close-up of the gopuram (a distinctive feature of south Indian Hindu temples), the chhatris* at Sultan Mosque, and the intricate figurines atop Yueh Hai Ching Temple. It invites the public to get up close and personal, and in taking a second look perhaps, form new insights into our built architectural heritage. The exhibition serves as a taster, and we hope the public will want to learn more on one of our Monumental Walking Tours,” said Jean Wee, Director of the PSM division, National Heritage Board.


*Chhatris are elevated, dome-shaped pavilions used as an element in Indian architecture. The word Chhatri means “canopy” or “umbrella.” In the context of architecture, the word is used to refer to two different things. Such memorials usually comprise of a platform girded by a set of ornate pillars which hold up a stone canopy. The word chhatri is also used to refer to the small pavilions that mark the corners, roof of entrance of a major building. These pavilions are purely decorative and have no utility, but are a classic folly which announce the status of the building.