The fortress soon fell into a state of disrepair after the Ottoman invaders were repelled. It was several hundred years later, in the early 20th century that the city of Šibenik purchased the fortress and its surrounding land. It eventually gained use as a viewpoint overlooking the city’s marina and archipelago, and as a recreational space for hiking.
It was only recently that the city of Šibenik began looking at restoring the centuries old structure. In June of 2014, with the financial backing of the European Regional Development Fund, an almost €1.4 million project was undertaken by the city of Šibenik to renovate Barone Fortress. The goal of the project was to provide the visitors of the fortress with a cultural attraction and incorporate high-tech innovative services. Utilising AR technology, the stories of the past can now become the attractions of the future.
A visitors quipped with AR device is greeted at the entrance to the fortress– the use of device is included in admission ticket price. This, alongside other eye-witness accounts of the siege help to comprise a unique educational experience that would never have been possible otherwise.
Barone Fortress was finally reopened to the public. The opening ceremony celebrated the rich cultural heritage of the city of Šibenik and marked the 950th anniversary of the first written mention of the city’s name.
The fortress is now a unique and new attraction among many in Croatia. It brings from the past a pivotal event in the region’s history and lets visitors immerse themselves in its intricacies using the exciting AR technology.
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