Petrapilosa castle, a thousand year old medieval castle located on a cliff above the valley of the river Bračana, has been reconstructed and is open to the general public. Reconstruction of the castle was carried out as part of the EU project KulTERRA - Revitalization of the Istrian castles Morosini-Grimani and Petrapilosa. As part of the project's innovative approach and with the help of collected and produced digital content about its history, the castle has become richer for a new multimedia presentation.
Throughout history, Petrapilosa was primarily a military fortress in which feudal lords and soldiers were housed. It was abandoned after a great fire 300 years ago and was never rebuilt later. Today, completely adapted for visitors, this castle stands proudly on a high cliff and tells history in a very interesting way. The interesting fact is that the castle is popularly known as a "hairy castle" and a "hairy city", and the reason for the unusual names lies in the dense vegetation that surrounds it, but also "springs" from its walls.
In order to improve the cultural identity and historical heritage, the city of Buzet decided to reconstruct and revitalize the abandoned castle of Petrapilosa as a tourist destination. As part of the revitalization of this extensive project, it was necessary to equip the site with multimedia setup that would tell the story of the old castle.
The challenge was to create a unique experience with a number of historical facts and legends, which will be presented through interactive content. Given the specificity of the location and the type of object in which the content would be displayed, it was necessary to plan a multimedia setup that is suitable for indoor and outdoor installations.
The solution needed to be equipped with a package of centrally managed multimedia applications, and in the creative part of the project it was necessary to study historical topics, develop visual content and design user interfaces. The developed content would thus be displayed via a multimedia setup installed at the castle site (indoor and outdoor setup) which includes various technologies.
Two outdoor PandoPad® TOTEM units, four PandoPad® WALL units and an interactive floor projection in the church of St. Mary Magdalene, which is also part of the castle, and the PandoPad 3D projector system and audio for 3D projection on the wall. Finally, the PandoPad® Manager system and the PandoPad® Applications package were delivered as a central place to manage all content.
Modern outdoor multimedia totems placed at the entrance to the castle become a focal point of information and interaction with various entertaining content.
Modern interactive applications display general information about the castle, an interactive map, brochures and similar informative, but also entertaining content such as sending electronic postcards, taking selfies, solving puzzles, etc.
In the church of St. Mary Magdalene is an interactive wall system with four screens that allows a selection of various contents, from the history of the castle, legends, scenes from the life of the castle, to games for children. The history of the castle is presented in the form of an interactive timeline where the content related to that time period can be seen through the selection of the year.
In the church, visitors can also see an interactive floor projection with fragments of frescoes found at the castle site.
A section suitable for cultural events has been built in the outer courtyard of the castle. Visitors can experience the projection of 3D films about castle which will be visible in the evening.