Erfurt/Schaffhausen (dpa/th) - With the virtual reality project "Himmelsburg", the Thuringian tourism company has been promoting Thuringia as a travel destination since Wednesday in Schaffhausen (Switzerland). The occasion is the 29th International Bach Festival, which lasts until May 29th, according to the tourism company. The "Himmelsburg" is intended to draw attention to the long music and Bach tradition of the Free State.
Between 1708 and 1717, the city of Weimar and the chapel in the city palace there - the so-called Himmelsburg - were the main place of activity of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach. There he created the majority of his organ works as court organist. The Weimar cantatas were composed there in collaboration with lyricists such as Salomo Franck. In 1774 the Himmelsburg was destroyed by fire. The virtual reality project housed in a container is a reminder of this.
During the performance of the cantata "Heavenly King, be welcome", the "Himmelsburg" visitors equipped with VR glasses can go to different locations in the virtual chapel themselves. According to the information, it is possible, for example, to switch between the different levels of the chapel - from the pew to the organ.