The virtual reconstruction of the Slonim Synagogue became the first object of the Belarus Shtetl project, which brought together the efforts of historians, restorers, artists, 3D designers, and IT engineers. Combining archival data with advanced modeling, the team dedicated almost a year to reconstruct the building in detail and create a 15-minute virtual tour showcasing the synagogue's heyday from the 17th to 19th centuries.
Using a VR headset, you can choose between a guided tour and free movement, immersing in the past. "Visiting" the synagogue during its prime reveals meticulously restored paintings, architecture, with the possibility of interaction using a "magnifying glass." The accompanying narrative unfolds Jewish traditions, the synagogue's history, and the story of the Slonim Jewish community and the shtetl. A specially crafted sound background includes archival audio recordings, transporting users to the synagogue's ambiance over a century ago. During the research, previously unknown 1930s photographs surfaced, enabling the reconstruction of lost fragments of paintings and furniture decoration.