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Yet more new Jewish travel apps — Venice and Lithuania


Tourists in the Venice Ghetto. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber
Tourists in the Venice ghetto. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber

The list of mobile Jewish tourism apps continues to grow…Yesterday we posted about a new mobile travel app for Jewish Bialystok, Poland…. today it’s the turn of Venice and Lithuania.

The new Discover Jewish Lithuania app is now available, from ITunes and Google Play.

Discover Jewish LithuaniaThe descriptions states that the app, a mobile app based on augmented reality that is available in five languages –Lithuanian, English, Hebrew, Polish and Russian

is part of the international project “Actualization and presentation of Jewish cultural heritage through mobile application”. During this project, not only the app has been created, but also there were 4 different expeditions organized to the towns that boast Jewish cultural heritage. The result of them together with the workshop that had been organized by the Norwegian partner Jazzmontør was 8 different video stories that are available on this site.


Discover Jewish Lithuania1These towns are Ukmergė, Kėdainiai, Joniškis, Žagarė, Valkininkai, and Degsnės — and their video stories, with interviews from local people, can be accessed HERE.

The app includes maps, photos and text, and also includes a 3-D reconstruction of the destroyed Great Synagogue in Vilnius.

The project was largely financed by the EEA Grants program “Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage.” Additional contributions were made by the Lithuanian council for culture, The Department of National Minorities, municipalities, and others.


Access web site of the Discover Jewish Lithuania app




For Venice — the app is punningly called mAPPot  and it is also available via ITunes and Google Play.  (The name is a play on the words map and app, and the Hebrew term mappa, or the cloth used to wrap the Torah.)

Developed and launched as part of the events marking the 500th anniversary of the Venice Ghetto, mAPPot in fact uses historic maps to guide visitors around sites of Jewish history and interest all over Venice — not just in the Ghetto, but throughout the city itself.

There is also text, photographs, GPS and other material.

The app was developed by the Laboratory of Cartography and GIS at the IUAV University of Venice on behalf of CoopCulture, a cooperative working in the field of cultural heritage and activities in Italy, which administers the Venice Jewish Museum.












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