Foto Friday – 3D Israel
Writing about the 3D Israel doesn’t do this site justice. Neither does showing a few still images of what is essentially a dynamic online experience; with just a few clicks, users can experience panoramic 360 degree tours of Israel. How fun is that?!
The most popular visits to the site are, of course, to well-known tourist attractions. Old Jaffa’s newly renovated main square, for example. (Click on the link or the picture for the full effect).
Or the Eilat underwater observatory.
But there are lesser-known sites as well, such as the machtesh, a unique crater formation at Mizpe Ramon.
There are holy sites as well, such as the Church of All Nations on the Mount of Olives. The 360 degree rotation allows viewers to see the church from one side…
…to the other.
3Disrael’s virtual tours require Adobe Flash player 9 or higher (free download at www.adobe.com). Navigation is very simple. To zoom in or rotate, just point the arrow icon in the direction you want to go and left-click on the mouse button.
The tours are produced by ByTech which, since 1999, has been offering digital imaging services to tourist sites and, more recently, to hotels and restaurants (in case you want to “try before you buy” — at least virtually!).
The most recent tour on the site is the Tel Aviv Musix festival, which took place last month.
The festival was also documented by photographer Mehman Asadov who’s posted two collections about the event on YouTube. The background music sets the festival mood. Enjoy!