World Heritage Tour Panoramas
June 10, 2003 6:06 AM   Subscribe

The World Heritage Tour is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a documentary image bank with panoramic pictures for all of the UNESCO World Heritage sites [warning: frames]. Examples include the tomb of Sety I, discovered in 1817 and permanently closed to the public in 1991 and the baroque churches of the Phillipines. [more inside]
posted by Irontom (11 comments total)
The World Monument Fund, a private non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic art and architecture worldwide, sponsored the Sety I images taken by Tito Dupret. Currently they have 52 sites covered, with over 300 panoramas. Can anyone tell me how these panoramic pictures are made?

Another site that is also very good is, the brainchild of Hans Nyberg, a commercial photographer in Denmark. His most recent offering is the lost city of Petra [warning: fullscreen popup window, and you need Quicktime 5], featured in Indianna Jones and the Last Crusade as the resting place of the holy grail.
posted by Irontom at 6:08 AM on June 10, 2003

Nice to see that the whole of the UK city of Bath is on there, so at least there's one place in the UK to go to that isn't a hellhole.
posted by biffa at 6:22 AM on June 10, 2003

This is a good Case Study of the technology and methods used to create the 3D Panorama of The Parma Baptistery and Duomo in Italy.
posted by stbalbach at 6:26 AM on June 10, 2003

The whole VRMAG is a fascinating look into how to create virtual reality sites and the VR industry.
posted by stbalbach at 6:32 AM on June 10, 2003

Fab, thanks.

Actually, there are plenty of nice places in the UK ;). I can sincerely recommend Candida Lycett-Green's regular 'Unwrecked England' column in the Oldie.

For my money, Much Wenlock is one of the nicest.
posted by plep at 7:00 AM on June 10, 2003

So much to view and enjoy!

Thanks for the great post, Irontom.
posted by onhazier at 7:11 AM on June 10, 2003

Virtual Parks is another good site as is VRLog a WebLog on VR.
posted by stbalbach at 7:44 AM on June 10, 2003

We've got 17 of them in Kyoto. From my archives:
Kiyomizu Temple main pavilion
Ryoan-ji tsukubai
Ryoan-ji rock garden border
posted by planetkyoto at 9:31 AM on June 10, 2003

Thanks Irontom! I appreciate the link!
posted by Slimemonster at 11:14 AM on June 10, 2003

Here's a VR tour of Bath - and one of Bristol for good measure.
posted by grahamwell at 11:33 AM on June 10, 2003

I'm very proud that Gammelstad is part of the world heritage, here's a pic of Bagargatan I took a few weeks ago. The place is adorable.
posted by dabitch at 12:16 PM on June 10, 2003

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