Old Bazaar is another locality in the old city of Skopje that is going to be simulated in app.
Old Bazaar is another locality in the old city of Skopje that is going to be simulated in app. Image: Mike Norton Flickr CC BY 2.0

App lets users explore a 3D model of Skopje’s Jewish Quarter

The app simulates the quarter based on the existing city plan of 1921, which was destroyed in the earthquake of 1963 with the exception of a small corner building.

The digital space is anchored in the physical space, so the user must move in the real space of the city in order to move through this digital door to the past. “…the destroyed cultural heritage is being raised up again.” says Toni Masevski, advisor on strategy and development to the mayor of Skopje. The inspiration came from Pokemon GO.

To read more on the app and initiative to create digital simulations of other cities in Europe, log on to Euro Cities.