Reviving Heritage Sites Through Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Augmented reality and virtual reality have the potential to revive heritage sites that have been destroyed. By utilizing different VR or AR presentation systems, heritage sites can be reconstructed so that visitors can compare the destroyed heritage with the newly-constructed heritage. This technology also offers the potential to protect heritage sites for future generations.

Restoring heritage sites through virtual reality

Digital technologies like virtual reality can help restore heritage sites and help visitors understand the complex restoration processes. It can be used as a tool to explore a site in its full historical and cultural context. The Open Heritage project, a partnership between Google and nonprofit CyArk, is one example. This project aims to preserve cultural heritage and make it easy for people to experience these sites.

Virtual heritage applications need to be adapted to meet the demands of multi-cultural and multi-modal tourists. The goal of this research is to understand how virtual technology can improve the communication between the heritage site and the visitor. This is a first step toward an effective communication strategy for heritage sites.

3D reconstruction of historic sites

The Open Heritage project, a collaboration between Google and CyArk, uses VR to post realistic 3D models of heritage sites. These models include the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings in southern Colorado, and the 1000-year-old Temple of Kukulcan in Chichen Itza, Mexico. By integrating historical data and other digital data, the hybrid model can provide a more realistic representation of the site.

Currently, the Citadel of Bam is under physical reconstruction. The Governor Section of the citadel has suffered major damage. In order to allow visitors to experience the Citadel, a VR theatre can be built next to the citadel. Visitors can view a 3D stereoscopic image on a wide screen. This allows for a superior presentation effect and a high-quality three-dimensional walkthrough.

Augmented reality

Augmented Reality (AR) is an emerging technology that can bring the past to life. It uses GPS, camera, and location triggers to bring objects and experiences to life. It can also be used to enhance heritage sites such as museums. This emerging technology is expected to play a critical role in restoring heritage sites and bringing the past back to life.

The first category of AR applications focuses on expanding the interpretation of historical heritage sites. This category is divided into two sets: those that enhance visitors’ experiences at cultural heritage sites and museums; and those that diversify heritage interpretations. The second set includes projects that animate historical time and history and reimagine heritage. These include Historical Annotation, Historical Modelling and reconstruction, and Counterfactual Histories.

ActNow VR

The #ActNow VR experience is a new way to experience UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Developed by a team of artists and technologists, the project will be hosted on AltspaceVR, a social VR platform from Microsoft. It will feature architectural projection mapping, combined music scores, and a trackable action app.

With the help of virtual reality, the #ActNowVR program is helping to address the social and geographic limitations imposed by COVID-19 pandemic. It is also providing transformative experiences in safe simulated environments to help people adopt sustainable habits and make real-world choices. Participants will learn about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and will be able to take personal action to fight climate change.


If you are interested in reviving heritage sites, Timelooper is the application for you. Its unique technology allows users to go back in time and experience famous historical events. In addition to reliving the Great Fire of London, users can also experience the iconic picture of workers eating lunch on the skyscraper during the construction of Rockefeller Center in 1932. The virtual reality app is available on iOS and Android devices, and users can purchase in-app content.

The Timelooper app is location-locked and uses video footage of historic locations to bring these sites to life. The videos are designed to replicate the actual events and cultures of these places. They also include visual restorations of buildings and people in historically accurate costumes. The app uses a variety of technology to create authentic experiences that visitors can enjoy from the comfort of their own home.

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