Monday, 16 July 2018

It Is A Fact,

that some destinations are being ruined,

by the shear number of tourists visiting them, especially if the attraction is in a small restricted area, such as the ancient Egyptian tomb built for Queen Nefertari whose paintings are so beautiful that it has been compared to Italy's Sistine Chapel, built around 3,250 years ago for the favorite wife of pharaoh Ramesses II (who reigned from 1279 B.C. to 1213 B.C.), the Tomb of Nefertari is located in the Valley of the Queens, near Luxor. The tomb is open to just small groups of visitors, because the increase in humidity that comes when people enter can damage its paintings, at present small groups of tourists are allowed into the tomb, each tourist paying an entrance fee of 1000 Egyptian pounds (about $56) said Zahi Hawass, an archaeologist and former Minister of State for Antiquities, but even then damage is done, what to do? 

the answer is to create the virtual reality experience, Experius VR teamed up with Curiosity Stream, a streaming service for documentaries, the finished tour can now be downloaded for free on Steam and on Viveport and Curiosity Stream VR although currently you need the Vive headset to view it, said Emma Tiernon, a spokesperson for Curiosity Stream, adding that the team hopes to configure the tour so that it can be viewed on other headsets, in this VR tour, the viewer moves around the tomb by wearing the 3D headset and using controls, if the viewer wants more information on a work of art, for instance, they can virtually touch the painting and a narrator will provide information, what a neat idea, but it is not the first time that curators have turned to VR, a virtual tour of ancient Jerusalem was released in 2017 by a company called Lithodomos VR, so instead of booking flights and tickets, it will be grab a coffee, into the living room and saying, 'just popping into the tomb for a few hours dear!'

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