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Travel’s off the cards, but you can still visit these 10 places virtually

Posted by admin on May 15, 2020 · Uncategorized

With foreign travel off the cards for the foreseeable future, you might be thinking to yourself:

“What am I going to do with all this extra time now that I can’t go exploring the world?!”

Well if you’re a cultural nut like I am, then not being able to visit famous landmarks or museums/art galleries is a bit of a major blow when it comes to getting out and about. Luckily, a lot of major tourist sites have provided virtual tours of these famous places, meaning you can see the Pyramids of Egypt in your pj’s with a cup of tea, from the comfort of your living room.

Now, I know that this experience is nowhere near as exciting as seeing the real deal, but everyone should be taking advantage of this opportunity while in lockdown! You can check them out below, enjoy and happy (virtual) travels!

1. The J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

J Paul Getty Museum

Photograph: Alex Vertikoff (2003) J. Paul Getty Trust

Packed with over 6,000 years worth of art and artefacts, the J. Paul Getty Museum, is offering a virtual tour, that allows you to explore some of the artwork that the museum has to offer. Google Culture & Arts are also offering what they call a museum view, where you can move between rooms and explore clickable pieces of art and sculpture to find out more.

2. The Vatican Museums, Rome

Vatican Virtual Tour

Enjoy the soaring vaulted ceilings, and the intricate murals of the Vatican Museums many wonderful sites. Providing 360 degree tours of the spectacular Sistine Chapel and other beautiful sites, this is a virtual tour you definitely don’t want to miss out on! There is also a virtual walking tour of Vatican city with different interactive areas and a tour guide narrating the history of each space.

3. The Guggenheim in Bilbao

The Guggenheim Virtual Tour

One of the most distinctive art spaces in the world, the Guggenheim is offering virtual tours of the postwar American and European art and sculpture that it houses. You can have a look here on Google Culture & Art.

4. The National Gallery, London

National Gallery Virtual Tour

Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Explore the seven Renaissance exhibition spaces on offer, as well as the Central Hall, in this 360 degree virtual tour With art from the 13th to mid-20th century, lose yourself in the watercolours and drawings.

5. The Museu de Arte, Sãu Paulo

Museu de Arte Virtual Tour

The paintings at the gallery appear as if they are floating, suspended by “crystal easels”. The Brazilian gallery has the broadest range of pieces, ranging from the 14th to 20th century. Google Culture & Art is hosting their virtual gallery tour, which you can explore here.

6. Machu Piccu, Peru

Machu Piccu Virtual Tour

Ever wanted to visit the ancient Inca settlement? Well now you can! This virtual tour comes with a narrator, explaining the history of the site as you explore the different areas. You can also explore with Air Pano, the site from a bird’s eye view.

7. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Pyramids Of Giza Virtual Tour

Built around 4,500 years ago, the pyramids were built as tombs for the pharaohs. This virtual tour uses the walking routes around the pyramids to give you a great view from both close by and far away. You can see the wonders of the desert from home!

8. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Virtual Tour

The city of temples is thought to be the centre of worship for Buddhism, even though it was originally built for the Hindu God Vishnu. The virtual tour explores several of the magical templesthe site has to offer, and the virtual Ankor Wat Project shows a simulation of what the site would have looked like in the 13th century.

9. Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal Virtual Tour

Considered as one of the most beautiful and romantic buildings ever made, the Taj Mahal was built as a tomb for Emperor Shah Jahan’s wife. The interactive digital pathways travel around the mausoleum itself, the reflecting pool, as well as the paradise gardens and it’s ornate red sandstone mosque. Aerial 360-degree images soar above the lotus-topped dome for a view over the Yamuna River.

10. Petra, Jordan

Petra Virtual Tour

Petra is one of the oldest cities in the world, with 85% of it underground and yet to be excavated. The site has featured in a plethora of films, such as The Mummy and Indiana Jones. This tour includes a guide narrating whilst you walk around some of Petra’s most iconic monuments. It heads through a narrow gorge called the Siq, passing tombs, temple ruins, an enormous monastery and Al Khaznah, the famous building (pictured above) whose elaborate facade is carved into the gorge wall.