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Preserving and reviving Kreenholm’s industrial past through a digital heritage tour

Published on 30 May 2024

Places that have been part of history now come alive through a tour that allows us to rediscover their significance over time, continuing to give importance to these locations. They become incubators of their history, ready to continue playing a role and writing new chapters, thus avoiding abandonment.

This is the story of the Kreenholm district in the city of Narva (Estonia), built in the 19th century.
It was the biggest textile powerhouse with numerous factories, famous for its production far beyond Europe. By the end of the 19th century, the Kreenholm district was like a separate town with its hospital, and educational and leisure facilities. Nowadays Kreenholm is the heart of Narva’s historical and cultural heritage, which shapes the cultural life and cultural tourism throughout the city and the wider region. One of the ambitious plans of Narva authorities and the active local community is to awaken the Kreenholm area and give it a new vibrant life in the form of a multifaceted cultural quarter.

Thanks to the EU-funded project TExTOUR, the Narva City Government moved one step forward to the popularisation of the Kreenholm district. As one of the project’s pilot sites, a series of cultural tourism actions has been developed. One of them is the digital guided tour in the district via QR codes accessible to residents’ and tourists’ devices. The success of this pilot initiative led to the development of another thematic route in the region, following the same model of using QR codes for enhanced exploration and learning.

Read more: Road to industrial heritage digital valorisation

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