During the holiday season, it's easy to get wrapped up in the hype of Santa and reindeer, elves and gingerbread cookies. Amidst the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and present wrapping, how often do you stop to think about the true meaning of Christmas?
Have you ever wondered what the real nativity scene looked like? One of the holiest sites for Christians around the world can now be toured virtually in an amazing 360-degree video. (If you're not familiar with 360 degree videos, they let you click around and see different angles of the scene. It's pretty impressive!)
The video became available just in time for the Christmas holiday and is part of a larger video project called Bible VR, which intends to bring the most sacred and famous parts of Christian theology to life. Locations mentioned in the Old and New Testaments are being filmed by director Pearry Teo to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for Christians around the globe.
This particular video was filmed at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and allows viewers to navigate through the space where Jesus Christ was believed to have been born more than 2000 years ago.
Press play below to take a look around the place of Christ's birth:
Regarding the film, Teo explained: "Aside from the fact that the foundations of Christianity began with the birth of Jesus Christ and The Church of Nativity marks the spot where tradition believes he was born, The Church of Nativity in Bethlehem is one of the oldest and most major holy sites in the world."
And this wasn't just any regular filming location. When asked about the experience itself, Teo said, "There is definitely an air around the place when you go there. You do not have to be Christian to feel something deeper, something special all around you."
Although the video is no substitute for what you'll experience if you visit the Church of the Nativity in person, it does offer an opportunity for millions of people around the world to get an inside look at one of the most meaningful locations on the planet.
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