Palace of versailles

Google offers a free visit to the Palace of Versailles in virtual reality

Google has produced the largest photogrammetry project for the French tourist attraction Château de Versailles, offering a virtual reality tour of the royal estate of Louis XIV. Using an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, users will be able to browse the castle’s 21 rooms, such as the King and Queen’s State Apartments, the Royal Opera House, the Royal Chapel and the Hall of Mirrors, along with the rest of its 387,500 square foot interior. . It will showcase all of the artwork housed in the venue, including sculptures, paintings and tapestries.

According to his description on To smoke:

“Tapestries, paintings, ceilings, sculptures and furniture, everything is within reach of your controller to grant you unlimited and privileged access to the treasures of Versailles”, reads the description on Steam. “For a more intimate experience, switch to night mode and explore the Palace by the light of the log fires.”

The tour collects over 4TB of data and 15 billion textured pixels in order to visualize the experience. But if you don’t have a VR headset, Google has also released an online exhibit showcasing over 390 assets, including objects, artifacts, and paintings.

Discover the visuals above and buy the exhibition on Google Arts & Culture site.

In other travel news, you can now Airbnb the castle of Downton Abbey.