As the coronavirus-led pandemic continues to escalate, especially in India, international travel has become a myth by now. So, to help people discover new places from the comfort of their homes, Google has been adding relevant resources to its Google Arts & Culture platform since last year.
Now, to celebrate World Heritage Day, UNESCO, which was April 18, Google added virtual visits to 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including India’s Taj Mahal, Italy’s Colosseum, and more.
Presented in a dedicated “Explore UNESCO World Heritage”On the Google Arts & Culture platform, resources include informational slides, presentations, and 360-degree and Street View images of various World Heritage sites. So now if you want to take a trip to the great Taj Mahal, you don’t have to go to Agra. You can simply visit the monument with the click of a button.
So once you enter the Explore UNESCO World Heritage platform, you will find two virtual tours of the Taj Mahal listed in the “A sanctuary to love” section. The two virtual tours, titled “Taj Mahal: a tour from the top” Y “The wonder that is Taj”, it will virtually transport you to one of India’s greatest prides, offering you views from angles you have never seen before.
The The tour from the top of the Taj Mahal is really impressive. as you will be able to experience 360-degree, Street View-like views of the site from several unique positions. The latter, on the other hand, will take you back in time by providing important facts about the monument along with some early images of the Taj Mahal.
In addition to the Taj Mahal, there are virtual tours to various UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the mystical temples of Indonesia, the historical monasteries of Portugal, and many others in the Explore UNESCO World Heritage library.
Google says that cultural tourism around the world has been hit hard by the COVID-19 situation. With a 75% drop in the number of international tourists in 2020, the cultural tourism sector, according to Ottone, is “Hurting”.
Therefore, to help tourists explore these unique sites around the world without being physically there, UNESCO and Google partnered to bring these virtual experiences to the Arts & Culture platform. Although the virtual experiences do not coincide with the experience of actually being in the places, they will surely give cultural tourists a way to escape to the destinations of their dreams in the midst of the current crisis.
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