Published On: Thu, Dec 29th, 2016

New App Offers Users Virtual Tours of Ancient Jerusalem



A new VR app has been released in time for the Chanukah holiday. Lithodomos VR‘s tool allows users to see Jerusalem as it once looked back in antiquity when the Temple still stood.

The idea is simple. When tourists visit sites in Jerusalem such as the Western Wall Plaza and the areas around it they see things as they look now, 2, 000 years after it was all destroyed by the Romans. Imagine if when looking up at the Temple you could see how it once looked when the Second Temple — as it was fully renovated by Herod — stood in all of its glory. Well now you can with the help of virtual reality goggles.

And this is fitting at Chanukah time as the holiday is a celebration of how the Second Temple was rededicated by the Maccabees after they defeated the Greeks and established Jewish home Rule in Israel for the first time in the more than four centuries since the first temple was destroyed by the Babylonians.

VR tech is the new best thing. It is the future of all gaming. Google and Facebook’s Occulus Rift are currently competing with one another for the development of the best virtual reality hardware. And companies like Lithodomos VR are providing the apps and games.

Tourists around the world will soon be able to use VR googles to see how different cities once looked. And people will be able to use them to see the world without leaving their homes.

The makers promise that this VR reconstruction of ancient Jerusalem will leave users speechless. “Just imagine being able to explore this wonder of the ancient world as it would have looked in its heyday. It would mean the disruption of some of the biggest industries on the planet – education, tourism, and academia, to name a few. With Ancient Jerusalem in VR, it is possible – today, ” says Lithodomos VR.




Lithodomos VR is a virtual reality company that creates archaeologically accurate 3D reconstructions of the ancient world. Founded in 2016 in Melbourne, Australia, the company’s first app, Ancient Jerusalem in VR, is now available on Google Play for just $2.99.The app brings to life Jerusalem as it was 2, 000 years ago. It lets users see the Western Wall tower above them, newly constructed and a staggering 20 meters tall. People can also see thousands of Jewish homes, sprawling to the horizon at its base.

The company boasts that every detail has been thoroughly researched to ensure archaeological accuracy. For this reason, Lithodomos VR declares that its app can also be a useful educational tool.

The company is the brainchild of Simon Young. Simon can speak five languages, recently completed his PhD thesis in archaeology, and is a self-taught expert in 3D modelling. “Lithodomos VR was inspired by a burning desire to travel back in time and see the ancient world first hand. VR gave me the tools to do it, ” he said.

Simon also outlined what he feels makes his company unique. “What differentiates Lithodomos VR from the rest is our commitment to archaeological accuracy.”

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