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Paushuize
Huize Molenaar

A Virtual Tour

Paushuize was built in the 16th century by the only Dutch Pope, Adrianus VI, in Utrecht. The building is known today as one of the finest Dutch monuments, and is principally presented by Huize Molenaar as a Reception and Dining area. To give an impression of this beautiful building, Picturae has developed a virtual tour.

Paushuize

Besides the Paushuize, Picturae has also created a virtual version of another historic building in Utrecht, the Huize Molenaar. The Huize Molenaar is responsible for the running of the Paushuize. The virtual tour of the Paushuize is now online, and the virtual version of Huize Molenaar will follow soon.

Since these beautiful buildings are available for hire for wedding receptions or formal dinners, the main purpose of this project was to create a positive impression of the premises for potential visitors and clients.

Picturae has created a 360 degree panoramic picture in almost every room in both locations. This makes it possible to virtually 'visit the premises'. On every panoramic photo navigation arrows are applied, so making it possible to move from one location to another. At the upper right-hand corner of the screen there is a map in which the virtual visitor can see which floor he or she is on at any given moment.

For this project, several new custom-made features have been developed. Firstly, the website has been created in HTML 5 with Flash support, making the site compatible with, for example, the iPad. Secondly, capacity information is available for different setups, for example when a room is to be used for guests seated at tables, or standing, buffet-style. Huize Molenaar may at any time modify these setups. In addition, each space contains a deep-link to a pdf, meaning that from every room a pdf with information can be requested, and that that pdf also refers the visitor back to the images of the same location.

Paushuize

Paushuize
Huize Molenaar

After the death of Pope Leo X on 1st December, 1521, the Roman Catholic Church chose Adrian Boeyens to be the new Pope. In August 1522 he was named as Adrianus VI in Rome. He died on 14th September 1523 at 64 years of age. He never actually saw the house in Utrecht, which he had bought in 1517 and had had completely rebuilt. After the death of Pope Adrianus the house was known as the "Paushuize" by the inhabitants of Utrecht. In 1584 the Paushuize became the property of the State of Utrecht. It has subsequently been visited by many famous people, such as Queen Beatrix and Pope John Paul II, and has served numerous functions, from being a residential home, to a meeting place for official meetings, as well as being chosen as the venue for various elegant wedding receptions.