The Marian sanctuary in Swieta Lipka
Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Swieta Lipka – Częstochowa of the North
The project „Increasing the accessibility of the Pilgrimage Sanctuary in Swieta Lipka through 3D virtualisation of the monuments of its church” received funding from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of „the Digital Culture 2020” grant programme.
Divided into several tasks, the project aimed to faithfully reproduce the architecture of the Monument of History – the Basilica of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Swieta Lipka – and the movable monuments it contains (paintings, sculpture, arts and crafts, blacksmithing, etc.), through two- and three-dimensional digitisation.
The pilgrimage sanctuary in Swieta Lipka, where two chapels once stood, is now one of the most important and well-known Marian sanctuaries in Poland. The shrine was built on the border of two religious lands, Catholic Warmia and Protestant Ducal Prussia. Before the Partitions of Poland, it was called the „Częstochowa of the North” due to the numerous pilgrimages coming here. It is an object of particular value for Polish culture and local history and identity.
The scope of work included the entire church and the valuable works of art inside. During the implementation of the task, the latest measurement and visualisation technologies were used, as well as web technologies (a multilingual, responsive website), ensuring interactivity for all types of audience, with particular emphasis on the excluded (WCAG 2.1 standard). The main objective of the project was to develop and digitise cultural heritage resources and to make digital resources accessible and re-usable.
Range of activities