Visitors with a smartphone or tablet can now also discover the St. John's Church interactively. Through a handy app, they receive information about the works of art during their visit. The St. John's Church is the first church in Flanders that uses the ErfgoedApp.
Volunteers from Torens aan de Dijle ensure a warm welcome in the historic churches of Mechelen and give explanations where necessary. Visitors can use information cards during their tour of the church, on which the most important works of art are indicated.
More background information
Towers on the Dijle wants to give the interested visitor even more background information and therefore uses digital technology to highlight the beautiful heritage of the historical churches even better. The non-profit organisation makes good use of the existing ErfgoedApp developed by FARO.
Part of the St. John's church has recently been reopened to visitors. Torens aan de Dijle has taken this opportunity to highlight works of art via ErfgoedApp . This makes the St. John's Church the first church in Flanders to be opened up in this way.
"The interactive display adds a new dimension to the visit. The church administration provided wifi in the church. The visitor can download the ErfgoedApp for free. By scanning in a work of art, they get underlying information. Images, original letters and text fragments give more meaning," says Greet Geypen, alderman for the preservation of monuments and chairwoman of Torens aan de Dijle.
"Thanks to a scan with the camera eye of your smartphone or tablet, something is added to reality on your screen. For example, if you scan in the slideshow of the wall paintings from around 1400, you virtually end up in the west tower. This way, you can take a closer look at the murals. We can do this thanks to a 360° image," says coordinator Sarah Luyten.
The visitor does not have to follow a fixed route, but can choose which works of art to scan. Today, nine works of art have been exposed. Towers on the Dijle now wants to see how visitors react and gather feedback.
Torens aan de Dijle wants to open up the entire St. John's church via ErfgoedApp . In time, the visitor will be able to discover the entire church interactively. Currently, the information is only in Dutch. In the future, it will also be available in French, English and German. In this way, the non-profit organisation tries to reach as many tourists as possible.
"After a positive evaluation, Torens aan de Dijle also wants to open up other historical churches in this way. Of course, we will continue to use the traditional information channels. The ErfgoedApp is an extra bonus," says Greet Geypen.
Visitors to St John's Church who download the ErfgoedApp can also use this application in other places.
St John's Church is open every day from 13:00 to 17:00, except Wednesdays.