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Largest virtual tour with 360 degree view of Jerusalem launched on the Web

By Mason White 2:47 PM May 28, 2014
Jerusalem Old City Jewish Quarter 

By: Anav Silverman
Web surfers are now just one click away from exploring many sites in Jerusalem, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Would you like to visit the Western Wall, or delve into Jerusalem’s subterranean history?

Would you like to shop at the Machane Yehuda or Arab Shuqs, pray at Jerusalem’s many synagogues, climb the String Bridge or jump to the Mount of Olives?

Well, now you can, virtually.

Jerusalem 360, is the largest panoramic project ever launched in Israel, enabling anyone to tour over 100 locations in Jerusalem. Only Jerusalem’s unique scent and cool air are lacking. You can enjoy an entire evening in Jerusalem without leaving your home.

Tamir Orbaum, creator of the virtual tour, refurbished and enlarged the tour in honor of Jerusalem’s 47th unification anniversary. Orbaum told the Tazpit News Agency that this was only the first phase in this ambitious project. He intends to add more locations, more aerial views and historic backgrounds on the various sites.

Over the span of three years, Orbaum used unique technology to produce this tour. He shared with the Tazpit News Agency some of the obstacles he encountered.

“To take the aerial photos I needed permits from the police. The closer you get to the Old City the more permits you are required to produce from different sources. I then scheduled a recording day, but the weather was bad, so I had to postpone everything for a week,” said Orbaum.

Orbaum explained that the idea for the project came as a result of Google Earth’s imbalanced representation of Jerusalem’s holy sites, setting the primary focus on the Christian sites and churches. “I took a camera and began to photograph the Jewish Quarter in the Old City and Jewish heritage sites. The project developed, and today anyone in Israel or abroad can walk through the streets of Jerusalem, experiencing the city through their computer screen,” Orbaum said.