Diocletian’s Palace historical tour

Split is a fascinating Adriatic city so when we got approached by their leaders to create a virtual walk through the history of their monumental Diocletian’s Palace, we couldn’t have been more thrilled. The biggest challenge was hidden in recreating Diocletian’s Palace, since we only had a limited amount of information about it. Using present day photos as well as historical information, we recreated not only the palace but also the clothes and look of the time. We realized that to construct an immersive experience, we couldn’t just have an empty palace by itself – we also needed to bring it to life with people.

So, when heading through the palace, you can see a troop of soldiers march by, merchants trading at the market, and citizens of that time casually walking around. For the same reason, we didn’t use a voice-over, as we realized that having Diocletian guide you through his palace would be a more immersive experience. The tour had to be developed for the Samsung Gear VR headset, so all of the content was rendered into an HQ 360° video to preserve the high level of detail. It was translated into four languages: Croatian, Polish, German and English. The VR tour is available every summer in Diocletian’s Palace in Split.

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