The Vatican website wants everyone to be able to visit Rome and experience its vast collection of art and fine architecture. Knowing that not everyone has the means or physical ability to make such a pilgrimage, they have set up a wide range of virtual tours.
The new line of virtual tours comes thanks to the efforts of Justin Myers, a Villanova University student who spent a whole semester setting up cameras to get 360-degree shots of some of the most iconic spots in the Vatican.
Justin spoke with Crux News about the work he did, and it sounds tedious to say the least. He said:
“Just of one gallery room, there were about 1,500 photos,” he said. “There were segments of 14 pictures in multiple spots through the gallery. The camera is set up in the center of the room and it takes 360-degree photos: 14 of them all around in a circle, and then one of the ceiling and one of the floor. And then it moves to a different spot, takes 14 photos, over and over again.”
Myers made it through the grueling hours of hard work, and his efforts were not in vain. Now, anyone with a device and internet access can visit one of the many sites chosen for digitization. These sites include: