Svetvinčenat, Renaissance town, located in the south of central Istria, was first mentioned in the 10th century.
Amongst numerous churches, it also boasts a Renaissance square with stone castles and wells.
Svetvinčenat is not only famous for its history and architecture, but it is also known for an interesting historical person, Mare the Witch.
Svetvinčenat offers its visitors an interesting virtual time travel experience by getting to know more about the well-known legends: “Mare the Witch” and “The Legend of the Unknown Horseman“.
Mare the Witch of Svetvinčenat
The story about Mare Radolovich, a victim of the 17th-century witch – the hunt is presented to the visitors by her ghost. It throws them back into the distant past where they will have the main role of defending the Morosini-Grimani castle by using virtual archery.
Augmented reality glasses will help you experience Svetvinčenat in a unique manner, participate in the quest for the unknown horseman’s armor and be able to peek into the past.
In 1632, Mare Radolovich, the herbalist of Svetvinčenat, was accused of witchcraft by her fellow citizens.
Even though she helped and treated them with her herbal cures, they condemned her and burnt her at the stake in the backyard of Morosini-Grimani Castle.
Three hundred years later, it was decided that Mare deserves another opportunity for a new life.
That is why, with the help of new technology, we brought her spirit back to life by giving her a new home in the House of Mare the Witch, a visitor center.
Starting with a warm welcome, Mare invites us to travel back through time.
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The journey begins when the clock’s hands start to spin backward rapidly, returning us back to her time.
Then, Mare’s picture on the wall comes to life in the form of a ghost inviting us to join her on a journey through the history of Svetvinčenat.
During this journey, you can try your hand at virtual archery and become a knight defending a castle from an invasion of hostile knights, all fully rendered in 3D.
The story continues even after you leave the house.
You enter a new adventure wearing augmented reality glasses, whose content is based on the legend of an unknown knight.
With the AR glasses, you can navigate through Svetvincenat in search of the lost equipment of the unknown knight.
You will be led by the voice of a guide, who will tell you about the places where you can collect the missing items.
Although the center was opened to the public at the end of 2017, it has already attracted numerous visitors and raised the interest of the media.
On our journey through time, we have discovered the real truth about Mare the Witch – the good-natured herbalist.