Romashka Tower, Chișinău (Corn cob building)

360° VR panorama by the Romashka Tower in the Centru sector of Chișinău, Moldova. The tower is known for it’s unusual architecture, designed by Oleg Vronsky. Construction of the project started in 1978, but stopped soon after. Originally designed as hotel / leisure facilities, the project was completed in 1984 with a change in use to housing.

The building’s name, ‘Romashka’ («Ромашка»), means a camomile flower. It is also known as ‘Stone Flower’ (‘Floare de Piatra’) and ‘Corn Cob’ («кукурузный початок») as it resembles a camomile flower or a corn cob in some aspects.

The nearby soviet era playground is abandoned, but a new one has been built on the land just to the south of the building. The area in front of the building is used for parking. The adjoining road to the south-west is blocked off. The building has 22 floors, plus an additional section on top, which offers excellent views over the local area.

Garden of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Kamyanets-Podilsky

360° VR panorama in the garden of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Kamyanets-Podilsky. The Roman Catholic Cathedral is a popular tourist attraction, and is one of the seven wonders of Kamyanets-Podilsky.

A church was originally established here in 1375, though the current building dates from the 17th Century. From 1672 – 1699 the building was converted to a Mosque, during the Ottoman rule of Kamyanets Podilsky.

The Ottomans added a minaret to the building, which was kept after the Ottomans left. A statue of the Virgin Mary was added to the top of the minaret in 1756.

In this panorama you can see the statue of Pope John Paul II in the garden. The statue was unveiled in June 2007.

Boat house at west shore of Obersee

360° VR panorama by a wooden boathouse on the western shore of Obersee, in Berchtesgaden National Park, Bavaria. The lake is enclosed by tall mountains to the south and north, and is only really accessible by taking a ferry across Königssee, to the north-west.

Thankfully ferrys run regularly, making the spot a popular location for tourists to visit and enjoy the alpine surroundings.

St. Nicholas Church, Marston Trussell

360° VR panorama in the grounds of St Nicholas Church, Marston Trussell. The current building dates from the 13th century, though it is believed there has been a church on this site from Roman times. The church is constructed from sandstone with a lead roof. The tower was built around 1525 and reaches 71 feet in height.

Rock Garden – Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Posted Under: 360° Panorama, Edinburgh, Europe, Midlothian, Scotland, UK

360° VR panorama on the edge of the Rock Garden in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The Gardens were established in 1670 to grow medicinal plants. Originally located near Holyrood Palace near the centre of Edinburgh, the gardens were later moved to the outskirts of the city, and were moved to their current location at Inverleith in 1820.

The Gardens are currently used for the scientific study of plants and preservation of a large variety of different species. The large number of different plants and the carefully kept gardens and greenhouses also makes the gardens a popular attraction for both locals and tourists.

Medvezhonok Abandoned Resort Construction, Sudak

Posted Under: 360° Panorama, Crimea, Europe, Sudak, Sudak municipality, Ukraine

360° VR panorama in a circular room at the northern end of the administrative building of the abandoned Medvezhonok (Медвежонок) resort in Sudak, Crimea. The resort complex, located on the coast to the east of Sudak, consists of several buildings, all of which have been left unfinished. Today they are occasionally used for paintball games. One of the unfinished apartments is lived in.

In this unfinished room sections of brick wall have been broken and the floor is littered with pieces of broken brick and concrete. Strips of metal hang from the walls at various points.

Schloss Hohenschwangau – Yard and Fountain

Posted Under: 360° Panorama, Bavaria, Europe, Germany, Ostallgäu, Schwangau

360° VR panorama by the water fountain in the yard of Schloss Hohenschwangau, Bavaria.

The fountain features a painting of Mary holding the baby Jesus. Below this are the coats of arms of Bayern and Schwangau. In the centre at the bottom of the painting is the fountain, which is modelled as a lion’s head, with the water coming from its mouth.

Schloss Hohenschwangau was built by King Maximilian II of Bavaria. Construction started in 1832, with the majority of construction complete by 1837. The castle was used by the King as his Summer residence.

Today the castle acts as a museum / tourist attraction. Around 300,000 people visit the castle each year.

Zen Garden – Ryousokuin, Kenninji

360° VR panorama of a Zen Garden in Ryousokuin (両足院), part of Kenninji (建仁寺) temple in Kyoto, Japan. Kenninji is part of the Zen sect of Japanese Buddhism, and is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto.

It was founded in 1202 by the monk Eisai (Yousai), who introduced Zen Buddhism and the tea ceremony to Japan.

Ebisu shrine, Kyoto

360° VR panorama just inside the entrance of the Ebisu shrine in Kyoto, Japan. Ebisu is one of the seven gods of fortune. During his festival, from 8th to 12th of January, Business people visit the shrines dedicated to him to pray for prosperity for their businesses.

The shrine in Kyoto is the third most popular Ebisu shrine in Japan. Ebisu was originally enshrined in Kyoto at the Kenninji Temple, built in 1202. The current shrine was established after the temple burnt down in 1467.

Scottish Parliament building at night, Edinburgh

Posted Under: 360° Panorama, Edinburgh, Europe, Midlothian, Scotland, UK

360° VR panorama outside the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh, Scotland. The building was completed in 2004, and was designed by Catalan architect Enric Miralles. The unorthodox design of the building was developed to represent the Scottish landscape, the Scottish people and culture, and the city of Edinburgh.

The Scottish Parliament Building (Scottish Gaelic: Pàrlamaid na h-Alba, Scots: Scots Pairlament Biggin) is located in the Holyrood district of city, to the north-west of Holyrood Park. Across the road from the Parliament is The Queen’s Gallery, an art gallery located in a building that was previously used for the Holyrood Free Church.