The Aachen Cathedral – city landmark, more than 1,200 years old and the birthplace of modern Europe. The Cathedral Chapter hired us to develop a new website for the Aachen Cathedral that would spark curiosity and inspire people to visit the Cathedral. The heart of the website is a virtual 3D flying tour through the Cathedral. It is based on a 3D-scanned model that was created in cooperation with the RWTH Aachen. In the Cathedral interior, a total of 1.3 billion points were recorded in 105 individual scans and 1329 photos. HDR photos of special features, like the Barbarossa chandelier and the octagon, underwent extensive post-processing. For an optimal user experience on all devices, the fully responsive website was developed as a WordPress template using agile methodologies. The 3D flight through the Cathedral can be experienced on PCs, tablets and smartphones as a scrolling HTML5 one-pager. This feature invites users of all ages and educational backgrounds to explore the Cathedral in an emotionally engaging and playful manner. A 4th dimension offers more in-depth information by placing the respective highlight in a historical context with detailed descriptions.


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