THE VATICAN VIRTUAL TOUR
Touring the Vatican Without Taking a Step
Virtual Images Bring Rome to Your Home
ROME, JULY 27, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Nothing can compare to a visit to Rome to admire the Sistine Chapel in person, or feel the "embrace" of the colonnade surrounding St. Peter's Square.
But a two-year project accomplished by students of the Villanova University of Pennsylvania can bring part of the "Rome experience" into your home.
The Sistine Chapel, St. Paul's Outside the Walls, St. John Lateran and St. Peter's are all available for viewing virtually at the Vatican web site.
St. Peter's is the last to have been posted; the Sistine Chapel went up in March. St. Paul's was the first to be made available, in 2008, and St. John Lateran was completed last November.
The 360-degree images can be zoomed and rotated so that viewers have the sense of being within the rooms, even if, as Chad Fahs, a digital media expert in Villanova’s Communication Department, affirmed, "Being in the Sistine Chapel is an experience that's difficult to describe, much less re-create on a two-dimensional screen."
The most awesome thing I have ever seen on the net. The Vatican virtual
Once you get the hang of it, you can easily spend hours on this site.
Use your Cursor for panoramic views. Not too fast or you'll get dizzy. Use
Back button to get to each location. Also the screen has a + and -- for
Telephoto or Wide Screen. That's in lower left of picture.
Much God given talent was given to build such
edifices and create the wonderful art.
This is simply beautiful...awesome. For those who have been fortunate enough
to have visited the Vatican it is a chance to relive memories...for those
whose journey is yet to be, enjoy.
INSTRUCTIONS: After you link on the site below and select an image and it
appears, then HOLD DOWN THE LEFT MOUSE BUTTON AND SLOWLY MOVE THE CURSOR
AROUND THE ROOM
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