An artist from Burgos brings virtual tourism to Spanish monuments.

Gabriel García Rodríguez has recreated in the Minecraft RTX video game for Windows 10 pieces of national heritage such as the Aljafería Palace, the A Coruña City Council and the Lope de Vega Theater, which can be visited from anywhere in the world

Gabriel García Rodríguez, a 27-year-old artist from Burgos, has replicated in great detail several of the most relevant monuments of our country. As a tool, it uses the Minecraft RTX video game, a title that allows you to create environments from blocks – as if it were the digital version of the classic construction games for children – and then share them with the community so that anyone can explore them.

In the Minecraft RTX video game, there are an infinity of maps that transport users to idyllic virtual settings, full of incredible colors and shapes, where fantasy is the protagonist. But Gabriel García Rodríguez has set himself the challenge to reproduce existing environments in the most realistic way possible, in this case pieces of the national heritage that stand out for their architecture and beauty. “The Minecraft community has been recreating real places for a long time, but we have never had the tools to emulate light in such a reliable way,” said Gabriel García Rodríguez. “NVIDIA’s RTX technologies and PBR materials, which simulate characteristics such as reflectance, transparency and roughness, now allow for much more immersive reproductions of real buildings.”

Faced with mobility restrictions, the Burgos artist has taken the initiative to share three virtual monuments so that people can visit them from home.

An artist from Burgos brings virtual tourism to Spanish monuments

Aljafería Palace, Zaragoza

On the map of the Aljafería Palace, visitors will be able to explore areas such as the Patio de Santa Isabel, an open and landscaped environment surrounded by impressive arches. Users will be transported to the second half of the 11th century and will enjoy the atmosphere that great historical figures traveled through, such as the Banu Hud dynasty and the Catholic Monarchs.

An artist from Burgos brings virtual tourism to Spanish monuments

Municipal Palace of La Coruña

In the City Hall of A Coruña, visitors will be able to tour the exteriors of the municipal palace, a project by the architect Pedro Mariño built between 1904 and 1912. In this map, which stands out for its three imposing domes, users will experience the benefits of ray tracing, which will emulate the sun’s rays through the arches, generating detailed and realistic reflections.

An artist from Burgos brings virtual tourism to Spanish monuments

Lope de Vega Theater, Seville

On the Lope de Vega Theater map, visitors will be able to enjoy this colorful neo-baroque building from 1929. Both the doors and windows, as well as the impressive 18-meter-high dome and the cheerful ornamentation that surrounds the theater, have been recreated with great detail, so that users can enjoy this monumental jewel of Seville from anywhere.

An artist from Burgos brings virtual tourism to Spanish monuments

Gabriel García Rodríguez has developed this initiative as part of a set of actions that he will carry out with a group of artists in the Minecrafteate project. “Among our objectives, we want to make the idea of ​​knowing the history, the architecture, the monuments, more attractive to the youngest, showing them that, like us, they can also make their own replicas, documenting themselves previously, either on their own. or in class ”said the Burgos creator. “What’s more, a few months ago a professor from Granada contacted me to ask for information about the game since he wanted to give history classes through games, to explain architectural styles through practice.”

Among other activities focused on education and tourism promotion, the complete reconstruction of monuments that are in ruins – as long as there is sufficient documentation – also stands out, in order that they do not fall into oblivion.