The Holy City VR
Created and produced by Blimey and Occupied VR
The Holy City allows you to experience the Old City of Jerusalem during Passover, Easter and Ramadan in one of the most complex volumetric VR Projects produced to date!
From your laptop or phone, or using a VR headset, the magic of the city comes alive in spectacular stereo 360 film.
For thousands of years, Jerusalem has captured our hearts and souls with its indescribable magnetism. Known to many as The Holy City, Jerusalem carries an undeniable spirituality.
For the first time, the holiest sites of Jerusalem have been captured using both volumetric scanning, and Stereo 360 VR filming. In one of the most complex volumetric VR projects produced to date, an inter-faith team of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim innovators has brought their unique perspectives to the magic and wonder of Jerusalem.
The innovative documentary experience captures this energy and invites you to immerse yourself in Jerusalemʼs Old City through a transcendent stereoscopic 360 degrees Virtual Reality Documentary. Beyond what a traditional documentary could offer, VR has the power to affect the user in ways that mirror actual experience, making you feel as if you are actually here!
Using cutting edge 3D video and audio capture technologies that enable real environments to be captured in unparalleled detail. Through exclusive relationships with key local religious figures, the film crew was granted unforeseen access to key Holy sites throughout Jerusalem; including The Western Wall, The Holy Sepulchre, Al-Aqsa mosque and The Dome Of The Rock.
For the first time, these sacred sites are presented in an all-access way; bookmarked by their holiest events, The Orthodox Easter celebrations at the Holy Sepulchre known as the Holy Fire ceremony, the Ramadan prayers at the Al Aqsa Mosque, and the Priestly blessings at the Western Wall.
Since 1992, there has not been a month when all three Abrahamic religions have celebrated Passover, Easter and Ramadan all within the same month. Traditionally, for thousands of years, believers have been coming to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage during these festivals. However, this year, is different, and the COVID 19 pandemic has limited travel and public gatherings.
The Holy City will be offering this exclusive experience for free for a limited time only, from the first day of Passover (April 9), through Easter weekend and continuing on until the first day of Ramadan (April 24) – allowing people to connect to Jerusalem and unite in these difficult times and offer an immersive experience of these special moments inaccessible this year.
The Holy City has the potential to be an extremely powerful empathy tool that supports multiculturalism and diversity initiatives worldwide.
The Holy City offers a number of additional activation formats to provide participants with an unforgettable experience in groups or as individuals:
1. An XR (Extended Reality) installation format is available and is on permanent display at the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem. Customized for the space, this activation is built for groups, where all participants are part of the experience. This will be available to the public when the Museum re-opens.
2. A full-length interactive version, built for collaboration with religious & cultural centers or educational institutions, this type of activation exists to break down barriers between religions, educating participants about the three different faiths, inspiring discussion and understanding. This version is available for local installation.
"The Holy City” was produced by Blimey and OccupiedVR with the support of the Canada Media Fund, Ontario Creates, the Jerusalem film fund, Mifaal Hapeis, and is a product of the Tower of David innovation lab that is supported by the Jerusalem development authority.