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The Project

The Marian Temples Trail is a journey into the history of European sacred art

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In 2019, based on comprehensively digitalised unique monuments of sacred architecture, the originator of the creation and the author of the interactive concept of the European Marian Trail, the Foundation for Virtualization of the National Heritage of Culture invited three Monuments of History to participate in the project – the Marian Sanctuary in Święta Lipka, the Piast Cathedral in Płock and the Marian Sanctuary in Krzeszów.

For this purpose, during the competition “Digital Culture 2020” funds have been raised from the Ministry of Culture and National.

However, first steps were taken a year earlier when he started the Foundation of Virtualisation of National Culture Heritage in cooperation with the Office of Documentation of Monuments in Szczecin, carried out the project “Increasing access to the cultural heritage of the 14th century church in Iwięcin by digitalising its resource”. A diverse cultural heritage resource (including architecture, polychrome and easel painting, sculptures, artistic crafts, bell-founding, blacksmithing, etc.) has been accurately recreated in 2D/3D using the latest measurement and visualisation technology.

The results of the project were made available on the Internet free of charge.

Quo vadis

Quo vadis

The main idea of the project is to raise awareness of the unique monuments of Christian European civilisation and through the creation of an interactive European Marian Trail, to assist pilgrims and tourists from all over the world on their way to the greatest works of sacred architecture.

We combine knowledge from art history with our passion for new technologies. Thanks to the digitalisation and virtualisation of monuments, we make it possible to have a closer look at works of art which are located too far from visitors or inaccessible, especially for the elderly and disabled people (the website complies with WCAG 2.1). We are constantly expanding a digital catalogue of the most beautiful works of sacred art and therefore we give our modern multimedia educational materials and interactive guides into the hands of children and adults. We believe that neither the time nor distance should limit the access to knowledge and inspiration sources.

The results of digitalisation and virtualisation work have been made available using the latest multimedia, including smartphones, computers and finally virtual reality goggles. A multilingual interactive website was created to present the results of the project, including virtual 3D models, 4k videos, giga panoramas and gigapixel photographs with resolutions above 1 billion pixels, as well as polished descriptions which provide support as a virtual guide during the tour.

Virtual walk

Make an appointment for a virtual walk

The first virtual room in Poland was created at the main headquarters of the Office of Documentation of Monuments in Szczecin. The participants of workshops conducted by specialists are able to immense themselves in the virtual world of works of art which have been gathered on the website maryjny.org.

We invite school representatives to arrange a date for an away history and culture lesson in the digital archive of the office.

The Office of Documentation of Monuments
ul. T. Starzyńskiego 3-4
70-506 Szczecin
tel. (+48) 512 207 244
email: wirtualnyzabytek@bdz.szczecin.pl