Collaborative institutional efforts makes for beautiful panoramas


Snapshot of the Sistine Chapel Panorama

Snapshot of the Sistine Chapel Panorama


Villanova University faculty and students from the school’s communication and computer science departments collaborated with the Vatican to make important architectural heritage sites more accessible to the online community.

This virtual reality tour project, which features stunning 360-degree panoramas of the Sistine Chapel, Basilica of St. Peter, Pauline Chapel, Basilica of Saint Paul, Basilica of Saint John Lateran, and Saint Mary Major is part of an internship program that Villanova University established with the Vatican in 2003.

“The artwork present in places of worship aims to immerse the visitor in a sacred reality and the Sistine Chapel is preeminent in this tradition,” said Frank Klassner, an Associate Professor in Villanova’s Computing Sciences Department and a leader on the project. “Our team is grateful to have played a small part in maintaining this tradition using the power of the Internet and modern immersive technology.”

The project, which was completed in 2010, is an excellent example of how a university and cultural institution can work together to create innovative solutions that address the needs and abilities of its partnering organizations.

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Originally posted on September 3, 2011

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