VR News: Talking a trip to Syria doesn’t sound like something you should do at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped Paris’s Arab World Institute from making a VR tour of the ancient Semitic city of Palmyra which is located right in the middle of the country! If you haven’t heard of Palmyra before you are not alone, but it was considered to be one of the most important cultural centres in the ancient world and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1980. While they have since been destroyed you can see it in VR.
My Thoughts on this Story: Without proper care and maintenance a lot of our ancient world sites will disappear, never to be seen again so using VR to capture and remember them is a great way to make sure the past is not forgotten. Sadly Palmyra is not a place many people have been too, so for it to get its own VR experience is a real surprise. I, of course, do applaud the Arab World Institute for investing in this and in VR as a whole, but it would have been far better to have invested in protecting it in the first place. But that political debate is not for me to talk about of this blog a starting conversion.
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