This year is definitely a turning point for all involved in the digitisation of cultural heritage in Slovenia (and beyond). With the help of advanced technologies, the cultural heritage of Slovenia will be preserved, and innovative tourist products and services, that provide users unique tourist experiences, will be developed.
Do you know the history of the Šalek Valley?
The Šalek Valley will be discovered through three beautiful stories that will co-create three new tourist products of this region. One will be related to the Old Mine Shaft and to search for the sunken village, the other to Vošnjak's factory in Šoštanj, the history of leathermaking and Šoštanj's entry into the world of lordship, the third to the monument to Josip Broz Tito, Tito's Velenje and life in the times of constructing Tito’s Velenje. Digital material and other archival materials of the three stories will be presented through a virtual (VR) experience on VR glasses, a video projection and billboard exhibit.
Once upon a time Izola was an island
Izola Tourism Board decided to take visitors through the turbulent history of little coastal town Izola which was once surrounded by the sea. A physical model of Izola will be set up in the city center, on which the transformation of the island into a part of the continent and the growth of the city will be shown through a projection on the model (i.e. video mapping). The most interesting points and objects will also be illuminated, with the possibility of viewing old photos and looking at enriched (AR) and virtual (VR-360°) reality. The content of the projection will follow the chronological development of the area, the purpose of which will be to highlight key events and direct visitors to an independent exploration of the city.
The story of mercury
Within the "DIDE Škofja Loka and Idrija" project of the Sora Development Agency and Idrija Tourist Board, two exceptional UNESCO World Heritage sites, namely the Idrija Kamšt and the Rotating Tube Furnace of the Hg Smelting Plant will be digitised. The users of the application will get the chance to experience an interesting presentation of the operation of the Idrija Kamšt. The purpose of the project is to show these two monuments of cultural heritage in operation and thus bring innovative technical solutions, nowadays inscribed on the world heritage list, closer to the public.
Get to know Nova Gorica and the Vipava Valley
The Institute for Tourism Nova Gorica and Vipava Valley will present four units of immovable cultural heritage through 3D digital reconstruction and four promotional films. The films will be based on four exceptional stories: the story of connecting cultures (Solkan railway bridge), the story of innovative feudal lords with the spirit for development (Rihemberk Castle), the story of medieval wine marketing (castle in Vipavski križ) and the story of a hedonistic Roman soldier (Castra in Ajdovščina), on four turning points that marked this wonderful destination. As part of the web application, the user will experience through four different stories the viticultural and wine-growing, monastic, Roman and architectural heritage of the valley on the crossroad.
A pioneer of modern tourism in Slovenia
Arnold Rikli moved to the region of Lake Bled in 1854 and built there the first natural health resort. In a project acquired by Bled Tourist Board Rikli's health resort, the monument to Arnold Rikli and the weather house with a memorial plaque will be 3D digitized. These materials will be the basis for a mobile application with an interactive map and AR content developed by Art Rebel 9 through which tourists will be able to get acquainted with Rikli's rich heritage. For tourists, the application will also serve as a navigation around Bled and its surroundings.
In memory of architect Jože Plečnik
Tourism Ljubljana is implementing the project of digital innovation of Slovenian architect Plečnik´s immovable cultural heritage in Ljubljana and the region of Central Slovenia. Plečnik's monuments, which are in the register of immovable cultural heritage and are inaccessible or more difficult to access for the public, are being digitised. The established products will coincide with the 100th anniversary of Plečnik's birth in 2022.
Digitisation of herders' dwellings 1600 meters above the sea level
Velika planina is one of Slovenia’s most scenic mountain plateaus with one of the few surviving high mountain herdsmen's villages in Europe. Each year in the middle of June, the local herdsmen bring the cattle to Velika planina, and remain there for the rest of the summer season. Kamnik Tourism, Sports and Culture Agency had a brave idea of using digital content on Velika Planina high-altitute herdsmen's village, to present its culture, heritage and uniqueness year-round in the valley below. Within the obtained project, the story of Velika Planina will be thus presented in a new and engaging way: combining new 3D and 360-degree content with existing photographic, video and textual materials integrated later into a wider interactive narrative through touch screens and VR glasses.
You are invited to have a look at 3D models here: