St Andrew’s Church, Kiev

Posted Under: 360° Panorama, Europe, Kiev, Podil Raion, Ukraine

360° VR panorama by St Andrew’s Church (Андріївська церква; Andriyivs’ka tserkva) in Kiev, Ukraine. The Church is built on a hill, overlooking the Podil neighbourhood below. It is held that St. Andrew visited this area in the 1st Century AD and prophesied that it would become a great city. The Church is built on the spot where St. Andrew is said to have erected a cross.

There have been numerous churches built in this location over time. The current building dates from 1754 and was designed by Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. The roof was badly damaged in a storm in 1815, and was repaired, with the cupolas being replaced in 1825. In 1978 the cupolas on the roof were restored to their original condition based on the original drawings of the architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli.

The street that leads up to St Andrew’s Church is known as Andriyivs’ki descent, and is a popular shopping street for tourists. Traders line the sides of the steep street selling all types of souvenirs.

Sculptures near St. Mary’s Chapel, Kalvarienberg, Füssen

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

360° VR panorama by a crucifixion scene monument near St. Mary’s Chapel on Kalvarienberg, near Füssen, Bavaria. Kalvarienberg means ‘Calvary Hill’ in English, it features the stations of the cross going up the hill, culminating in a reconstruction of the crucifixion of Christ at the hill’s peak.

The Marienkapelle is located in a clearing part way up the mountain, and was built between 1840 and 1842. Across from the chapel is this sculpture of a crucifixion scene showing Christ carrying the cross on the centre pedestal. On the right is a sculpture of Mary with a shroud bearing an imprint of the face of Christ.

Outside The Hub, Edinburgh

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

360° VR panorama outside The Hub, in Edinburgh, Scotland. The building is located at the end of the Royal Mile, its Gothic spire towering over the surrounding buildings.

The Hub was originally constructed for use as a General Assembly hall for the Church of Scotland, when it was known as the Victoria Hall. It was built between 1842-5 and was designed by architects J Gillespie Graham and Augustus Pugin.

Today it is used as the home of the Edinburgh International Festival. It hosts a cafe-restaurant, two smaller rooms used for events, and the large hall, which has a capacity of 420.

Other notable buildings nearby include St Columba’s Free Church of Scotland, to the south-east. It was constructed between 1846 and 1846, and was originally named St. John’s. In 1907 the Church became the Free Church of Scotland’s Assembly Hall, and was renamed as St. Columba’s.

To the east is the Lawn Market, a continuation of the High Street. It was originally part of the High Street, until 1477 when this section of street was designated for sales of inland merchandise, such as cloth. The street was filled with stalls from a variety of sellers. Today the stalls are gone, and the Lawn Market features mostly shops aimed at tourists.

Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto

360° VR panorama in the grounds of Toyokuni Shrine (豊国神社), in Kyoto, Japan. A large concrete Torii (鳥居) gate is placed over the entrance to the shrine grounds. A series of orange lanterns line the sides of the path up to the karamon (唐門) gate at the shrine entrance. It is thought that the gate may have been moved here from Fushimi Castle.

Toyokuni Jinja is dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉), who unified Japan under his rule. It was originally built in 1599, but then closed in June 1615 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, Toyotomi’s rival who rose to power after his death. In April 1868 Emperor Meiji ordered that the shrine be restored.

Alpenrosenweg along Schwarzenberg, Füssen

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

360° VR panorama taken on the Alpenrosenweg, near Füssen, Bavaria. The Alpenrosenweg is a footpath that runs between Ziegelwies and Hohenschwangau, running along the north side of the heavily forested Schwarzenberg.

It is a popular walking route as part of a round trip from Füssen to Hohenschwangau.

Termen Fountain in Mariinsky Park, Kiev

Posted Under: 360° Panorama, Europe, Kiev, Pechersk Raion, Ukraine

360° VR panorama by the Termen Fountain (Фонтан Термена) in Mariinsky Park, Kiev. The fountain is one of six produced by the Termena factory around 1900. The fountains were placed at different locations in Kiev and offered a practical use as a source of clean water, as well as being for ornamental purposes.

Mariinsky park (Маріїнський парк) was founded in 1847, and is located near the central entrance to Mariinsky Palace. Today it is a popular green area for people to walk and relax.

Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kyoto

360° VR panorama in the Rengeō-in temple complex in Kyoto, Japan. The long hall to the west is Sanjūsangen-dō (三十三間堂), measuring a length of 120 metres long. The hall’s name literally means ‘Hall with thirty-three spaces between columns’.

Sanjūsangen-dō is registered as a National Treasure of Japan, and contains 1001 wooden statues of the Buddhist deity Sahasrabhuja-arya-avalokiteśvara (Thousand Armed Kannon).

The temple was originally constructed in 1164 by Taira no Kiyomori. The current building of Sanjūsangen-dō dates from 1266 after the original was destroyed in a fire. It has undergone four great renovations since the reconstruction.

Calton Hill, Edinburgh

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

360° VR panorama looking out over the city of Edinburgh from Calton Hill. The hill is a famous location, both for its views, and also the variety of monuments located there.

The nearby building in this image is part of the City Observatory. The circular pillared structure to the south-west is the Dugald Stewart Monument. To the south-east is the Nelson Monument, a tower built between 1807 and 1815 in honour of Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.

To the east is the National Monument of Scotland. This pillared structure was built as a memorial to the Scottish soldiers and sailors who died in the Napoleonic Wars. It was intended to be modelled on the Parthenon, but was left unfinished in 1829.

People’s Friendship Arch, Kiev

Posted Under: 360° Panorama, Europe, Kiev, Pechersk Raion, Ukraine

360° VR panorama under the Friendship Arch in Khreschatyk Park, Kiev. The Friendship Arch (Арка Дружби Народів) is dedicated to the friendship of Ukraine and Russia. Construction work started in 1978, and the arch opened on November 7th 1982, commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the USSR and the 1500th Anniversary of Kiev.

The arch was devised by sculptor A. Skoblikov and architects I. Ivanov, S.M. Mirgorodskii and K. Sidorov. Constructed from titanium alloy, the arch spans a diameter of 50 metres.

Underneath the arch are two smaller monuments. Centred under the arch is a 6.2 metre high bronze statue depicting Russian and Ukrainian workers holding up the Soviet Order of Friendship of Peoples.

To the right (south-east) of this is a granite stele depicting the Pereyaslav Council of 1654 where the Ukrainian Cossacks pledged allegiance to the Russian Tsar. At the centre of the stele are depicted Cossack Hetman Bogdan Khmelnitsky and the Russian ambassador Vasiliy Buturlin.

Behind the Friendship Arch are a number of fairground-style attractions, such as a bumper cars arena. Further behind these are a viewpoint area that provides good views across the Dnipro river. In the distance to the south-west can be seen the Ukrainian House, which was opened as the Lenin Museum at the same time as the Friendship Arch.

Top of Kalvarienberg, Füssen

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

360° VR panorama from the viewing platform at the top of Kalvarienberg, in Füssen, Bavaria. The name ‘Kalvarienberg’ means Calvary Hill, the peak recreates the three crosses from Calvary, with the central crucifix featuring a stylised metal sculpture of the crucified Christ.

The viewing platform provides a good view of the surrounding area. To the north-west can be seen the Altstadt (Old town) area of Füssen. To the south-west is Mount Säuling.