Through the Freeport of Riga Authority’s virtual tour, our maritime heritage takes on new life, connecting the Latvian community to historically inaccessible maritime landmarks. This initiative uncovers a distinct part of our past, offering a closer look at the historic icebreaker Varma, five unique lighthouses, and a once exclusive maritime museum. Our tour utilizes 3D and 360-degree technology, enabling users to engage with these locations and the unearthed historical documents in a truly interactive manner.
The project has broadened public engagement, enriching our understanding of our shared maritime history. Notably, the virtual tour has enhanced educational approaches in the maritime sector, providing a detailed, first-hand look for students and incorporating valuable oral narratives from industry veterans. This initiative, while simple in its approach, has played a vital role in bridging our community, educators, and maritime enthusiasts, helping us to appreciate and preserve our rich maritime past. It stands as a testament to the impact of thoughtful innovation on community building and the sharing of cultural heritage.