Seven years ago in 2006 I did a project as part of a course at BYU. The object of the project was to produce something substantially creative. I decided to recreate the Sistine Chapel as a computer generated virtual simulation. Since most people may not have a chance to visit the real Sistine Chapel, this would give them a chance to see this remarkable place, examine it, walk around, and view the masterpieces that adorn its walls. So I recreated the Sistine Chapel in a format called Virtual Reality Markup Language (VRML), reconstructing all of the high resolution photos I could find of the artwork on the walls and ceiling. Of course, the simulation falls short of the actual experience, as most simulations do, but it gives a good approximation. [Read more…]
Dr. William Hamblin has put together some very cool high resolution 360° panoramas of different locations on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. And they really are 360°. You can look in all different directions, including up and down. It gives the impression of standing on the spot. Well done!
The locations he has included are:
- West of the Salt Lake Temple (next to Tabernacle)
- In between Assembly Hall and Tabernacle
- East of the Salt Lake Temple
- South of the Salt Lake Temple
- Near the South Visitor’s Center
- Christus statue in the North Visitor’s Center
- Conference Center auditorium
- Tabernacle interior
You get the best effect if you zoom in just a little. You can zoom in and out by using the shift and Ctrl keys on your keyboard. You can move around by clicking and dragging with your mouse.
I’ve always been impressed by how new technologies can take us places for fun or practical purposes. I’ve written about visiting Utah temples with Google Street View, modeling temples in 3D with Google’s Sketchup, using Microsoft’s Photosynth technology to virtually zoom around Temple Square, or how the Church uses computer rendering to envision future temples. Dr. Hamblin’s panoramas are a welcome addition!
The Philadelphia temple will be built in downtown Philadelphia, at North Broad Street between Hamilton Street and Noble Street. Several other temples occupy urban sites, including those in Manhattan and Hong Kong. No designs have been completed for this temple or the others announced on Saturday.
For the temple serving the greater Kansas City area, the site will be in Clay County, Missouri, on residential land within the Kansas City limits that is already being developed by the Church. The development is known as Shoal Creek. [As the crow flies, this is about 11.5 miles from the Temple Lot in Independence, Missouri, and only 2-4 miles from Liberty Jail.]
The temple in Córdoba, Argentina, will be situated on the Belgrano meetinghouse site, next to the present mission home of the Church, and the Calgary temple will be built on Church-owned land next to an existing chapel in the northwest part of the city, at the intersection of Rocky Ridge Road and Royal Oak Road.
In Rome, the temple will occupy part of a 15-acre Church-owned site near the ring road skirting the northeast section of Rome. [As the crow flies, this is about 6.5 miles from the Vatican.]
The announcement of the building of the San Salvador, El Salvador, temple was particularly moving for me since that is where I served my mission (’00-’02). The closest temple for members in the country when I served there was the Guatemala City Guatemala Temple. Making the trip to Guatemala typically took members years of saving, a week long trip in a bus, and usually only happened once in a lifetime. This temple will be a great blessing for them.
LDSChurchTemples.com reports that the temple groundbreaking ceremony took place just a few days ago on September 20, 2008. Elder Don R. Clarke from the Quorum of the Seventy, and president of the Central America area, presided at the meeting. Photos of the ceremony can be seen here. The temple will be dedicated in 2010 or 2011.
See the approximate location of this temple. If you know more precisely where it will be going, please let me know.
The blog Pronaos is becoming ever more intriguing as Grandpa Enoch continues his series on the possible location of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem. It’s not just the question of the location of the temple that interests me, but the great introduction to the geography of the entire region too. I’ve always wondered what the layout of the area was. This is fascinating material to learn more about the ancient city of Jerusalem. Here are the posts in the series thus far:
- Location of Solomon’s Temple, 1: Methodological Issues
- Location of Solomon’s Temple, 2: Which Jerusalem?
- Location of Solomon’s Temple 3: Size of Temple Complex
- Location of Solomon’s Temple 4: Ezekiel’s Courtyards
- Location of Solomon’s Temple 5: Orientation
- Location of Solomon’s Temple 6: The Royal Palace
- Location of Solomon’s Temple 7: The Threshing Floor
- Location of Solomon’s Temple 8: “Let Us Ascend”
- Location of Solomon’s Temple 9: The Waters of Life
- Location of Solomon’s Temple 10a: The Golden Thread
- Location of Solomon’s Temple 10b: The Golden Thread