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Tour Jerusalem’s holy sites using virtual reality

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With Easter and other religious observances just around the corner, many people who planned to visit Jerusalem’s holy sites won’t be able to make the pilgrimage. But don’t let coronavirus fears stop your spiritual journey — now you can tour the sites right from the comfort of home.

How to visit the Tower of David Museum, virtually

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, sites in Jerusalem, like the Tower of David Museum, have been closed until further notice. All museum events have also been postponed.

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This is terrible news for thousands of people planning to visit these holy sites during the upcoming religious holidays. Don’t be discouraged — now you can tour the city’s holy sites with help from virtual reality.

The Tower of David Museum initiative is perfect timing for Passover, Easter and Ramadan. This year, all three take place during the same month for the first time since 1992.

Part of the initiative is a VR movie titled “Holy City.” It puts viewers directly in the middle of tourists spots, like the Western Wall, al-Aqsa Mosque and the solemn procession to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which, according to Christian tradition, is where Jesus was buried.

This documentary can be watched either on a flat screen TV or with a VR headset. Of course, it’s not the same as experiencing the city in person but it’s a great alternative during these troubling times.

The video is available on the Tower of David’s website. Normally, you would have to pay a fee to watch it but it’s being made available for free starting the first day of Passover, April 9, through Easter weekend and until the first day of Ramadan, which is April 14.

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This is just the beginning when it comes to the museum incorporating technology. The museum’s director told The Jerusalem Post it plans to use more tech in the future after realizing how much content it has available. She said, “Technology is just a tool, the message is the content, we are storytellers and together we can do great things.”

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