Jerusalem Virtual Tours application (Jerusalem V-Tours) is an electronic platform developed for tourists, and narrates the history of Jerusalem form an Arab Palestinian perspective. Due to the important status of Jerusalem in the hearts and minds of people around the world, especially the followers of the three divine religions, in addition to its importance for Palestinians and Arabs, we at Burj Alluqluq Social Center Society decided to develop an electronic application that provides the Palestinian historical narrative for the historical and archeological sites located inside the Old City of Jerusalem. Our goal is to provide brief and direct information about the landmarks of the City in 5 languages. The landmarks that will be included in the application are the historical fountains, gates, and domes of Jerusalem, in addition to the wall of the Old City and other buildings with historical significance.
Each group of landmarks is preceded with an introductory paragraph with a brief about these sites. Then particular information about each site is provided. This information includes the site’s name, architectural characteristics, location, and other important information. The information is provided in form of text, pictures, videos, and sound recordings. Our utmost goal in providing this information is providing brief information that will encourage visitors to read more about each site.
The application presents the information using 4 methods. First, information is provided in a list containing 4 Jerusalemite paths and tracks, which include historical, religious, and other important landmarks. Second, information provided through taking pictures for each landmark (AR). As soon as the visitor takes a picture of a landmark, the information related to this landmark will be provided. The third method enables visitors to tour the City using a map, and 360 degrees pictures of Jerusalem. The fourth and last method is “nearby sites”, through which visitors will be informed of all important site surrounding them.
Project implemented by:
Burj Alluqluq Social Center Society
In cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism
Photography by: Burj Alluqluq Social Center Society
Translation by: Furat Translation House