The Vigo City Council brings together more than 2,500 resources on its website about the city’s historical and cultural heritage

The Vigo City Council brings together more than 2,500 resources on its website about the city’s historical and cultural heritage
The Vigo City Council brings together more than 2,500 resources on its website about the city’s historical and cultural heritage

With the aim of disseminating the rich historical and cultural heritage of the city through new technologies, the City Council has just launched a project online novel: he assures that “it does not exist in any other city in Spain”This is a website with innovative elements that makes more than 2,500 resources available to the general public, and specifically to researchers, museums and tourism sector stakeholders: sculptures, monuments, sites, emblematic figures, interactive maps and even 360-degree images.

This initiative, financed with European Feder funds –almost 63,000 euros–, is launched on vigo.org/historia, a section within the Council’s website with links to other pages. The resources will also be available on the open data portal: datos.vigo.org. The project is divided into two parts. The first brings together resources and content for the website and the second, app Vigo, as sculptures and monuments (more than 300 sculptures in the city, such as the one dedicated to Jules Verne or the bust of Laxeiro), archeology (51 elements and deposits), ethnography (15 representative elements) architecture (110 listed buildings, such as the Acuña Soaje House, the Casa do Patín or the A Guía chapel).

It also shows personalities from the city (120 linked to the city, such as Antonio Palacios or Concepción Arenal), modelsInteractive 3D (41 3D photogrammetries, such as that of O Castro, pieces from the Quiñones de León museum or the A Pedra Moura petroglyph), interactive maps and digitalized and georeferenced historical cartography, a portal with almost 90 360-degree images (360.vigo.orgwhere you can visit from home in detail O Castro, the Toralla site, the Praza da Constitución or the port) and 1,700 historical postcards from the Quiñones de León Museum (postaishistoricasmunicipais.vigo.org), where you can see the Ourense-Vigo viaduct, the old Porta do Sol or the Praza do Berbés, among many other memories. An interactive map allows you to navigate through these snapshots, scanned on both the front and back.

The second part offers the application of the resources and contents in the app Vigo and the web: school supplies (a teaching unit on the history of the city was created in a PDF document with materials for students and teachers), history of the city (more than 100 pages) and seven interactive routes which make use of the new resources: “The architecture of Jenaro de la Fuente Domínguez and Michel Pacewicz”, “The city of Vigo and the sea. Route through Vigo sculpture”, “Vigo and the maritime industry”, “The spiral of time”, “Route of the history of the Alameda”, “The maritime silhouette. East route: A Guía-Casco Vello” and “The maritime silhouette. West route: O Berbés-Bouzas”.

Of particular relevance is the section “History of Vigo”, where citizens can make a A journey through the history of the city from its first settlements to the present day through information and images. “The Vigo estuary has not always been as we know it today. Some 20,000 years ago, during the last ice age, it was a large valley crossed by a river that flowed into the sea beyond the Cíes Islands,” it says. There is information about the landscape of Vigo during the Palaeolithic, the Galician-Roman Vicus, the birth and development of the maritime industry, contacts with Rome and emigration. A timeline helps to understand the past of the most populated city in Galicia from the 6th millennium BC to the present day.

This project allowed the cataloging of almost 600 new elements of the city with photographs, files, location maps and descriptions. Advanced search engine allows you to quickly locate information.

Among the services involved in making this project a reality are the electronic administration of the City Council, in charge of the technical direction; the Quiñones de León Museum – selection of pieces, historical postcards and 360 images of the palace–; the Pacheco archive –transfer of photographs– and the Penzol Foundation –review of contents–.

It also sees the light thanks to the Historical Heritage area of ​​the Concello, the National Archaeological Museum (MAN), the Provincial Museum of Pontevedra, the Diocesan Museum of Tui, the General Military Archive of Madrid, the Simancas Archive, the Archive of the Provincial Council of Pontevedra, M. García Ávila and other people in the concession of use of 3D photogrammetries, as well as institutions and archaeologists in the concession of the use of photographs.

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