The country of Mauriac is lucky because it still has four bread ovens in very good condition. Eyewitnesses to the past of peasant life when everyone baked their own bread. “In the Middle Ages, these ovens already existed. The peasants had to pay a tax to bake their bread,” Cathy Chambon, director of the Mauriac Tourist Office, explains.
A page from the history of the region in which the application is located Legend Today allows discovery. By downloading it, visitors can easily find these baking ovens thanks to the geolocation system. This application, using images, text and videos, tells the history of baking from ancient times to the present day. It also gives details about the structure of these furnaces. Information to discover On site or from his couch. For those on site, the app offers an immersion into the past from these businesses. For this, the tourism office provides virtual reality headsets.
Application Legend It was designed by startup Rendr, which specializes in historical and heritage reconstruction. “There is a lot of heritage in France that has not been explored by the public, so our job is to make it accessible,” Explains Laurent Lefebvre, founder of Rendr. Legend It covers about fifty destinations in France and Europe. It is somehow a tour guide with suggested itineraries. The app brings history back to life with lost locations completely reconstructed. A real challenge requires many historical documents. “Sometimes we have fairly accurate plans, engravings and postcards. We collect all the available information. And then obviously, there is a dark side to reconstructions, so we have to make assumptions”, Laurent Lefevre reports.
The city of Mauriac is used for the application Legend. Already in 2018, Rendr’s services called back in time. 3D Journey, in the streets and historical sites of the city, across three periods: the Gallo-Roman era, the Middle Ages and the nineteenth century. The idea, “It is to show what is there in order to attract the tourists who come to our lands”, Claire Vivien, Community Manager of Baie de Mauriac Municipalities explains. Coincidence or not, the tourist season in the country of Mauriac was exceptional in 2020.
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