THE HISTORY OF TUTRAKAN AND CALARASI “RESIDES” IN VIRTUAL REALITY

A modern Bulgarian-Romanian cultural project will develop tourism on both banks of the Danube

The extremely rich history and culture of Tutrakan and the Romanian town on the opposite bank of the Danube – Calarasi will “live” in a virtual museum and will be a new attraction for locals and tourists.

This is the ambitious goal set by the new joint project of the two settlements. Its launch was announced on August 30, 2019 at a joint conference with representatives of the media, participants and citizens of the organizers – Historical MuseumTutrakan  and Lower Danube Museum in Calarasi , Romania.

The project, called ROBG-271 “Tutrakan-Calarasi An Innovative Cultural Bridge for Sustainable Regional Development”, is funded by the European Union, Programe INTERREG V-A, and sets the ambitious goal of developing cultural and historical tourism on both sides of the Danube and, above all, provoking young people’s interest in the history and culture of the two settlements in the region.

During the course of the project, tourists who visit Tutrakan or Calarasi, organized or by chance, will have a unique chance to learn about historical facts and events through virtual reality technologies that will show them the real life of what has happened over the centuries.

The ultimate goal of the project is to develop a sustainable cultural tourism strategy that will increase the interest and number of people visiting the region. Three historical exhibitions will also be organized in Tutrakan and Calarasi, as well as special archeological workshops for children.

Tourists will also be able to inform themselves and plan their visits through the electronic portal, which will contain a rich database, photos, videos and information about the cultural history of the region.

The project steps on the success of the best practices across Europe to represent historical sites. Such solutions are used in various museums in Italy, Germany and others and show that due to them the interest of visitors and younger generations is growing.

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