Digital Research Archive for Byzantium -
Digitales Forschungsarchiv Byzanz

The aim of the Digital Research Archive for Byzantium (DiFaB) is to collect and digitise archives of historical photographs that reflect the cultural heritage of the Byzantine Empire and its sphere of influence and make them available to an international scholarly community on a database. The provided material is meant to encourage and support research and contribute to protecting existing cultural monuments and preserving them for generations to come.
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DiFaB is represented in the following databases:


DiFaB participates in the Europeana Libraries project (, which made available more than 20,000 objects via Europeana by the end of 2012.


Project leader:
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Lioba Theis
T: + 43 1 4277-41423

Coordination: Photography
Philipp Pichler

Nina Rannharter

Coordination: Private collections
Mag. Su Sultan Akülker

Sarah Teetor, MA

Former Coordinators:
Mag. Karin Harmuth
Mag. Fani Gargova
Dr. Galina Fingarova

DIFAB — Digitales Forschungsarchiv Byzanz
Institut für Kunstgeschichte der Universität Wien
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 9
A-1090 Wien
T: +43-1-4277-41443