Visit Stunning Ancient Zadar Under Roman Rule Made by Stipan Ujdur

Lauren Simmonds

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As Morski writes, it took Stipan Ujdur from Opuzen in southern Dalmatia six months of intensive work on 3D modelling to complete the video animation and modeling of ancient Zadar/Jader ie today’s City of Zadar as it looked back in Roman times.

”Frane Bili from Zadar will programme applications for smartphones and VR glasses in his MediaUp studio, so ancient Zadar will be completely processed for all. The work on the 3D modelling lasted a full six months and it involved daily hard work. The model was made to the maximum authenticity of the original Zadar/Jader back during ancient times. This was really difficult because I had to search the foreign archives for everything about ancient Zadar, Jader. It’s so exhausting that I really wouldn’t do a project like this again. It’s important to acquaint your readers with the fact that this is, unfortunately, the work of a pensioner and is not a Hollywood production, and I hope that no one will blame me for any potential inaccuracies or copyright issues,” explained Stipan Ujdur.

”Ancient Zadar is really a big 3D model with many significant neighbourhoods to process, but the big problem are the documents for that time, drawings, floor plans or illustrations, domestic and foreign sources were used, with locals, a big problem is unavailability, vagueness, incompleteness, all of that, unfortunately is our great pain. Honestly, I couldn’t do anything without foreign sources of documentation, Croatian works can be seen, but if I want to do something concrete then I have to look for other sources. The geolocation of the scenes is located via the Google Earth 3D map, so it is faithful to the original ancient location,” said Ujdur as he recounted the shots we can see in the video.

The first scene is in front of the entrance to the city, as ancient Zadar was surrounded by ramparts on all sides, there were three gates on the southeast rampart, one door was used for traffic, people used the other for goods and the middle one was for various different purposes. In front of the ramparts was a colony of those who were not Romans by birth, but performed various hard physical jobs, and raised cattle, vegetables and sold them in the city. This scene shows olive, cypress and laurel plantations of typical Mediterranean plants that were in this area in that period.

Watch the video of ancient Zadar as it once was under Roman rule in the video above.

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