Explore old Rio with this app

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The port of Rio de Janeiro has a rich past, full of stories that go beyond what’s in school books. This is the focus of the first app from Agência Pública for mobile devices, the Museu do Ontem.

The app is yet another launch product from LABs – Laboratories of Innovation in Journalism, by Casa Pública in Rio de Janeiro. It mixes journalism, art, technology and a dash of “Pokemon Go” to bring to the public new insight into the area where Porto Maravilha, one of the symbols of the Rio Olympics, was installed.

With the app, you can be the investigator of its secret past, from the arrival of Dom Joao VI to the recent corruption scandals of Lava Jato. Surely no one is going to see Porto Maravilha in the same way!

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It was there that the Portuguese Royal family landed in 1808; that Princess Isabel signed the Golden Law in 1888, ending slavery; and where the Republic was proclaimed in 1889. But it was also there that the largest slave port of the Americas operated, which received more than 700,000 enslaved blacks, and where President João Goulart held the rally at Central station, used as an excuse for the military coup of 1964.

These and other facts can be discovered by exploring the port area on foot with the app, guided by the current-day map and also by a map from 1830. But watch out! To experience the Museu do Ontem app you must be in Rio’s port area.

And for those outside Rio, stay tuned, because in the coming weeks Agência will launch a remote game, where you can take virtual tours, allowing more people to have access to the content.

Unlike other apps, Museu do Ontem does not allow you to zoom in, zoom out, or move the map. The app shows only what is really close to you. To find out the secrets of the port area, you should go to the nearest location marked on the map. The more you walk, the more parts of the map will be conquered. The app was created by the agency’s journalists in partnership with Dutch developer Babak Fakhazadeh and features illustrations by artist Juliana Russo and narrations by singer Anelis Assumpção. – Source (PT)

Download the app on Google Play. Or on the App Store.

Related: Last year I posted about another Rio history-based app. Now there’s two!


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