Earlier this month, Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced the release of five new virtual tours of historic sites, adding to the range of online adventures that you can now embark on from home.
The tours explore the tomb of Meresankh III, the tomb of Menna, the Ben Ezra Synagogue, the Red Monastery and the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Barquq. Each virtual experience features detailed 3-D imagery through which users can “walk” by clicking hotspots along the structures’ floors.
As James Stewart reports for the Guardian, the tours boast “beefed up” 3-D modeling made by experts with Harvard University’s Giza Project. Unlike their real counterparts, most of which charge a small entry fee, the virtual renderings are free to all.
“The virtual tours target both [international] tourists and Egyptians, a ministry spokesperson tells Al-Monitor’s Amira Sayed Ahmed. “They serve the double purpose of promoting Egyptian tourism nationwide and increasing Egyptians’ awareness of their own civilization.”