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AAAAAA
13th March 12, 01:09 PM
Some guys from Villanova University in Pennsylvania captured high-res, highly accurate interactive views of Rome's most famous sacred monuments. It's frankly amazing, crystal clear, vibrant colours. It's as good as it gets on a computer screen.

Enjoy!

(sacred polyphonic soundtrack warning)

the Sistine Chapel
http://www.vatican.va/various/cappelle/sistina_vr/index.html

St. Paul Outside-the-Wall
http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/san_paolo/vr_tour/index-en.html

Saint Peter
http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/san_pietro/vr_tour/index-en.html

St. John in Lateran
http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/san_giovanni/vr_tour/Media/VR/Lateran_Nave1/index.html

Cullion
13th March 12, 03:28 PM
Nob, I get that you hate what religion did your teens and twenties. Totally get it.

Shhh.

Cullion
13th March 12, 03:39 PM
You were probably only 2 or 3 converts away from being initiated into the higher circle of mormonism where they throw secret parties. The ones where they get to screw drugged up 18 year old runaways and drink vodka in the small hours of the night. Quitter.

Cullion
13th March 12, 03:46 PM
No they weren't.

AAAAAA
13th March 12, 03:46 PM
I was waiting for some more appreciation messages before I threw in the "church==money" troll.

Cullion
13th March 12, 03:49 PM
You cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs. What's the life of a few worthless peasants when we're talking about the eternal beauty of God's seat in Rome ?

AAAAAA
13th March 12, 03:52 PM
You cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs. What's the life of a few worthless peasants when we're talking about the eternal beauty of God's seat in Rome ?

Don't forget it only takes a well-placed nuke to wipe out all that "eternal" beauty!

Now, if they built a spiritual building, that is a beacon of salvation for all humankind, that would be eternal.

Of course they did, all right. But there's no high-res pics of that on the internet.

resolve
14th March 12, 11:24 PM
Seeing these made me feel like a kid again. It's surprising how they haven't changed at all. Well, maybe a bit cleaner (there were some restoration efforts).

Thanks for the share!

Feryk
16th March 12, 03:12 PM
Gotta get there sometime to see them myself. The Pieta is my favorite piece of sculpture.

nihilist
17th March 12, 02:44 PM
It's hard to believe that that Sistine Chapel VW was created in Minecraft.

Lebell
20th March 12, 05:19 PM
it's beautiful!
thanks for the links.

(I like to see those goddamn muslim heathens create anything of the same magnitude! haha!)

Craigypooh
20th March 12, 06:08 PM
Fun Sistine chapel facts:

Michelangelo didn't want to take the job as he didn't consider himself to be a painter

The figure in the bottom right hand corner of the last judgement fresco, being dragged into hell by a serpent, is a bishop who complained to the pope about the amount of nudity Michelangelo's paintings. The snake has it's jaws firmly clamped onto the bishop's bishop.

Michelangelo's rival Raphael was so impressed by the frescoes, when he snuck in to see how it was going, that he immediately went and added a portrait of Michelangelo into his own fresco - The School of Athens

Feryk
21st March 12, 10:07 AM
In his image only goes so far: