UNESCO offers virtual tours of world heritage sites
UNESCO, Google Arts & Culture and international partners are joining forces to enhance access to cultural and natural heritage and education around it through a new online resource. exploration UNESCO World Heritage.
Adding several UNESCO World Heritage sites to its library for virtual tours, Google Arts & Culture allows you to explore some of the world’s cultural attractions and the most prominent sites of natural beauty from your home.
This represents a unique opportunity to enjoy a virtual tour of the world of cultural attractions and places of natural beauty, as well as access to accurate and reliable information on sites of outstanding universal value.
Through the UNESCO World Heritage Exploration Center, you can explore ancient ways to visit holy sites in northern Spain or explore volcanoes in South Korea.
You can also swim with whales in Mexico, hike along the canals in France, climb Mount Kilimanjaro, see the landscape in Rio de Janeiro, or catch a glimpse of the Taj Mahal.
Tours are a useful way to stay connected to our collective history when visiting these sites in person can be incredibly difficult.
They can prove to be valuable resources for educators as well, and help them educate students about natural and cultural heritage.
The World Heritage Sites join a range of important cultural hubs at Google Arts & Culture, including exhibits from several major museums, electronic music history and augmented reality galleries.
It is reported that cultural tourism, which accounts for 40 percent of the entire tourism market, has been affected in the wake of the Coronavirus, and the number of international tourists has decreased by 75 percent in 2020 compared to 2019.
Museums have also been particularly affected by the epidemic, with 90 percent of museums closed during the crisis, and according to ICOM, more than 10 percent may never reopen.