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Panoramic view of Old City of Jerusalem Photo courtesy of Tamir Orbaum/ Tamir 360
Panoramic view of Old City of Jerusalem Photo courtesy of Tamir Orbaum/ Tamir 360

Project offers virtual tour of Jerusalem

New Google Street style project puts Jewish capital back on the map

Aryeh Savir, Tazpit
Published: 10.23.12, 13:03 / Israel Culture

A new Google Street style project documenting the streets of Jerusalem has been launched online, enabling anyone in the world to take a virtual tour of Jerusalem.


The project, which took two years to conclude, was launched a few days ago.


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The starting point of the tour is on the Mount of Olives, enabling the viewer a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem.


One can take a tour of the various Jewish sites in the Old City and its vicinity which are visible for the Mount of Olives, beginning with Hebrew University on Mount Scopus in the east, through the Yemin Moshe neighborhood in the west.

Yemin Moshe neighborhood (Photo courtesy of Tamir Orbaum/ Tamir 360)


The tour offers a 360 degree view of the various sites, giving you the feeling that you are actually on site. Some 40,000 people from around the world have already taken the tour.


  • Click here to take the full tour


Tamir Orbaum, founder and owner of Tamir 360 Photography, who created and executed the project, explains that the idea for the project came as a result of Google Earth's imbalanced representation of Jerusalem's holy site, setting the primary focus on the Christian sites and churches.


"I took a camera and began to photograph the Jewish Quarter in the Old City and Jewish heritage sites. The project developed, and today anyone in Israel or abroad can walk through the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem, experiencing the city through their computer screen."


Tamir used unique technology which only he possesses in Israel, creating an exceptional experience.


Tamir says he has additional projects in mind. His dream is to document the Nazi concentration and death camps in Poland, enabling anyone to take a tour there. He has further plans to upgrade the existing tour of Jerusalem, as well as creating tours of other important Jewish sites in Israel.


"I have invested myself entirely in this project. It has become somewhat of an obsession of mine. I purchased the equipment and developed the project without any assistance from official or governmental bodies. It's my true passion," he explains.


Reprinted with permission from the Tazpit News Agency



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