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“Three gateways led to the church”

The Iwiecino parish constituted itself towards the end of the 14th century. The church stood at the center of an old graveyard surrounded by a mound of stones. It had three gate entries. Each of them belonged to one of three villages of which the-then parish was composed. These villages were the following: Iwiecino, Wierciszewo and Belkowo. The inhabitants of these villages were required to use only this gate which belonged to their village. The gates belonging to the villages of Wierciszew and Belkowo were considerably wider than the gate for use of the villagers of Iwiecino, because funeral celebrations were performed by the pastor in their proximities.
54°17'48.8" N 16°16'34.0" E
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The landmark with a long history

The Iwiecino temple is the oldest and the most beautiful church which stands on the territory of a historic dominion of the Cistercians’ Monastery at Bukowo Morskie. It belongs to a unique group of 75 gothic village churches of which the Western Pommerania is noted. They are all situated in the belt along the sea coast line of approximately 40 kilometer width.

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A delightful interior of the church

The architecture of the Iwiecino church, dating back to the Middle Ages, features not only an interesting body. Its interior contains many precious movables. The eldest come from the times when the church was still administered by the Cistercians. There one can find a crucifix and a Gothic sacramental cabinet made from
wood, where the Blessed Sacrament and sacramental oils were kept while the Mass was said. This cabinet features a decorative lock with a knocker and a rosette finding itself at the heart of the door’s shallow. At the top the cabinet is crenellated. At its bottom one can notice a trenate which is cut-out to imitate an arch.
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Preserve the Heritage!

The executors of the project have meant to keep the highest metrological and visual standards. Therefore, in order to replicate truly a historic architecture of the church body and its interior featuring many precious movable items the most up to date technologies were applied. They comprise optic lasers for 3D scanning, aerial photogrammetry, giga and macro photography as well as augmented reality (AR). All this technical solutions were used with intentions of making the heritage accessible to the largest possible extent.

The completion of this project opens new possibilities for disseminating a knowledge about the church and its trove of culture. A resultant digital documentation has been made available for the purposes of education and research. It also helps to popularize the landmark in the public. An extra benefit of the digitization is a new way of targeting disabled people at all ages who would never visit the site in person.

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The heritage
in 3D

The major aim of the project is increasing accessibility of a cultural heritage comprising the 14th century church by way of digitizing and virtualizing its body and interior containing pieces of sculpture, paintings and items of artisanship including works of black-smithery. The most up to date scanning and gauging technologies were used in the process. Combined with a mix of displaying tools based upon VR they have entailed an unhindered access to the landmark. The project has been supported financially by the Minister of Culture & National Heritage as well as The Marshall of the West Pommeranian Voivodship. The grants were awarded within the framework of the 2019 Contest “A Digital Culture”.

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Digitization of the church at Iwiecino:

  • Time-frame

    from April to September 2019

    A 3D digitization of the church architecture and major movables one can find inside has been carried out successfully. All digital data received in this manner have been subsequently processed for the purpose of making them available interactively through a dedicated website or with any virtual reality headset.

  • Applied technologies

    • Laser scanners with the HDR function
    • Drones equipped with 6K digital cameras, recording in the 6K CinemaDNG RAW standard
    • Digital cameras with a resolution of 50Mpx
    • Sliders and slingshots for generation of time lapses
    • Four types of optic scanners
    • A few types of the advanced software used for the data processing in the 3D format
    • Specialty working stations for the 3D processing including a registration of large amounts of cloud points and rendering 3D models
  • Products

    • A model cloud of points for the church and its whereabouts
    • A 3D digital model of the church
    • Digital video clips and time lapses of 4K
    • More than 70 3D models of artifacts
    • Giga panoramas of a resolution of 1 billion pixels
    • Macro-photography of a resolution of of 1 billion pixels
    • A 3D stock taking of the entire church
    • An interactive application for use with the VR lens

They support us trusting our aims

Minister of Culture & National Heritage as well as The Marshall of the West Pommeranian Voivodship. The grants were awarded within the framework of the 2019 Contest “A Digital Culture”. The major aim of the project is disseminating a knowledge of this landmark in the whole community by way of digitizing and virtualizing its body and interior containing pieces of sculpture, paintings and items of artisanship including works of black-smithery. The most up to date technologies were utilized in the process.