Ljubljana – A collection of Slovenian cultural and natural heritage, folk tales, stories and traditions was presented on Friday as part of the Google Arts & Culture portal. “This project will give many people around the world the opportunity to hear about Slovenia’s natural beauty, culture and unique features,” said president Borut Pahor.
Slovenia is a small but diverse country, both naturally and culturally, and Pahor believes that the Stories from Slovenia collection within the Google Arts and Culture project is of great value for Slovenia and its people.
“Those who are curious about Slovenia will now have the opportunity to see what they might be interested in, and then actually visit our country,” Pahor said at Friday’s presentation of the project at the Cankarjev Dom cultural centre in Ljubljana.
Google Arts and Culture Director Amit Sood explained that Google’s new service was available free of charge, online or as a smartphone app. The Stories from Slovenia collection has been in the making for almost a year and, according to Sood, would surely inspire people to visit Slovenia.
The project presents Slovenia’s culture, nature and its many unique features. The collection contains more than 60 different stories, folk tales and virtual tours, while visitors can also admire more than 1,200 photographs, artworks and frescoes.
Google was supported in the design and implementation of the project by the Slovenian Tourist Board, the Computer Museum, the National Museum, the Posavje Museum Brežice, the Slovenian Mountaineering Association, the Slovenian Mountain Museum, the Beekeeping Museum in Radovljica, and the National and University Library.
More than 2,000 cultural institutions from 80 countries around the world are participating in the Google Arts and Culture project.