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Delightful Virtual Excursions Across the Globe

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While it is certainly rewarding to explore spellbinding locales and landmarks in person, it may not always be possible to do so. Even through it may be through a screen, here are some tourist attractions all over the world such as Buckingham Palace, Van Gogh Museum and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves which have chosen to cater to their visitors through a virtual portal to facilitate wider access. Moreover, you can also treat yourself to the splendid sights of cities like Venice and Jerusalem from the comfort of your home.


Museu Britânico

O Museu Britânico é uma das principais atracções turísticas de Londres, bem como um importante fonte de conhecimento. Sua colecção foi legada à nação em 1753 e a sua estrutura de bases gregas foi construída no século 19. A colecção expandiu dramaticamente durante o apogeu do Império Britânico, dando origem a notoriedade do Museu por ter assumido colecções de todo o mundo, deixando-o com mais de 6,5 milhões de objetos para cuidar. A mostra abrange cerca de 14 hectares e é muito cansativo para ver todas as peças num só visita. A melhor maneira de fazê-lo é pegar uma colecção ou exposição que lhe-interesse, e explorar isso, depois faça outra visita. E se você não tem tempo para uma boa visita, tome um café no lindo Tribunal Restaurante. A entrada é gratuita, mas algumas exposições podem ser cobrados .

Londres, Reino Unido
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Palácio de Buckingham

The grand and stately Buckingham Palace has been the official London residence of the British monarch since 1837. Although the origins of the palace go back to the 18th Century when the Duke of Buckingham built his townhouse at the site, the palace as it stands today is principally the work of architects John Nash and Edward Blore. The palace holds 775 rooms, lavishly decorated with Sevres Porcelain and fine art by the likes of Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Dyck. From the cream and gold palette of the Belle Epoque to the intricacies of the Chinese Regency, each room is a showcase of extravagant yet tasteful interior design. The Grand Staircase is perhaps one of the world's finest examples of bronze casting, illuminated by an etched glass dome and the focal point of the palace, while the forecourt is the setting for one of London's most popular tourist events - the Changing of the Guard. The Royal Mews and the Queen's Gallery are other popular features of this royal residence that are also open to visitors. All of this is surrounded by manicured lawns and lush gardens alive with myriad blooms in summer, painting a picture of grandeur befitting Britain's royal family.

Londres, Reino Unido
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Torre Eiffel

Underneath the glaze of the Parisian sky, the Eiffel Tower captures the dazzling spirit of its French capital. A magnificent wrought iron lattice tower that was originally built as an entrance to the 1889 World's Fair, the tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel after his inspiration was fueled by the pyramidal form of Egypt's historic landmarks. This comparison was met with ardent disapproval from several eminent Frenchmen before the tower came to be the celebrated global icon that it is known as today. At a stunning height of 324 meters (1,063 feet), the Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline as the city's tallest, and the country's second-tallest freestanding structure. Its majestic form sports three shades – darkest at the lowest level and colored in a light contrast as the tower ambles up to the top – an illusory mechanism adopted so as to complement its surroundings. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most winning sights in all of France, and even after more than a century, people continue to extol this monumental symbol of architectural beauty.

Paris, França
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Palácio de Versalhes

Cansado de Paris, o rei do Sol (Luís XIV, que gostava de comparar-se a Apolo, deus de arte, a paz e do Sol) contratou o arquitecto Louis le Vau e Jules Hardouin para construir o chatêau de Versalhes em 1668, no pequeno campo de caça do seu pai. O palácio transformou-se no maior da Europa, acomodando mais de 20.000 nobres de uma só vez. Charles Le Brun, o pintor, projetou seus interiores cujo os pontos principais são os quartos reais (Royal Apartments) e a sala de espelhos (Hall of the Mirrors). O grande Trianon datado de 1687 e o pequeno Trianon (1762) também constituem o parque. Esse primeiro, construído em pedra e mármore, alojou a amante de Luís XIV, enquanto este último, uma pequena casa senhorial, foi a casa da amante de Luís XV.

Versailles, França
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Estátua da Liberdade

Estátua da liberdade, representante da liberdade em todo o mundo, brilha no porto de Nova Iorque. Criado pelo francês Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a estátua foi um presente da França para os Estados Unidos. Agora, os visitantes podem visualizar o interior da estátua através de um teto de vidro, e capturar uma imagem de mais qualidade da estátua graças ao reforço da iluminação e do sistema de vídeo colocado em torno dela. Os visitantes podem andar sobre o terraço de observação para ver Nova Iorque e seu porto. Com uma lanterna e uma tabela na mão, a Estátua da Liberdade tem generosamente dado as boas-vindas aos imigrantes e visitantes por mais de um século.

Nova Iorque, NY, Estados Unidos
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Museu Metropolitano de Arte

Qualquer visitante em Nova Iorque deve gastar pelo menos um par de horas neste grande museu. Desenhado por Richard Morris Hunt em 1895, tem mais de 150.000 metros quadrados de espaço em exposição. Entre as pinturas européias no espólio, se-incluem obras de Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Titian e Vermeer. A galeria egípcia é incomparável. Arte asiática, escultura, armas e fotografias também competem por sua atenção. Durante o verão, o jardim ao céu aberto exibe esculturas contemporâneas. Veja a página de internet do museu para o calendário, detalhes de filiação, detalhes completos das visitas e especialmente o encontro das ferias de Met na segunda-feira.

Nova Iorque, NY, Estados Unidos
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Casa Branca

The monumental cornerstone of the United States presidency, the White House is the formal abode and headquarters of the President of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, this gleaming neoclassical structure was originally referred to as the Presidential Mansion, before Theodore Roosevelt lovingly bestowed upon it the moniker of 'White House' - a name that would go on to signify not only the physical structure, but the entire collective unit that comprised of the President and his advisers. While John Adams was the first incumbent of this official home, several leaders that followed added their own elements to its interiors, the most noteworthy being the comprehensive redecoration carried out by former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, wife of erstwhile President John F. Kennedy. Today, the central building of the White House comprises of the Executive Residence, while the rest of this colossal structure consists of a total of 132 rooms, a tennis court, a putting green, 35 bathrooms, a cinema and a bowling alley named after Harry S. Truman.

Washington, DC, Estados Unidos
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National Museum of Natural History

Established in 1910, the National Museum of Natural History aims to inform people about the natural history of earth through its exhibits. Nestled somewhere within this museum is the famous Hope Diamond, which has gained notoriety for supposedly carrying a curse. Apart from that, some of the museum's popular galleries include The Discovery Room, Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals, Dinosaurs/Hall of Paleobiology, Insect Zoo, Teleology: Hall of Bones, Ocean Hall, Hall of Human Origins and many more.

Washington, DC, Estados Unidos
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Colosseum (Coliseu)

The magnanimous proportions of the Colosseum have long been a source of wonder. Originally envisioned in 70 CE, the construction of this grand structure was completed in 80 CE. At that time, it is believed that this vast amphitheater could seat upwards of 50,000 spectators at once. The Colosseum also features on the Italian version of the five-cent Euro. Deemed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Colosseum was designed to be a horse racing circuit and arena for animal fighting and gladiatorial battles, although it has also hosted significant religious ceremonies in its early days. It is a symmetrical wonder set in the historic landscape of Rome's heart. The enormous ruin is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered by many to be an iconic symbol of Italy.

Roma, Itália
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Catacumbas de Paris

Hidden beneath "The City of Light" is a dark underworld, the final resting place of more than six million Parisians. The Catacombs of Paris are underground ossuaries formed of a network of tunnels, caves, and quarries filled with mortal remains, where the former citizens of Paris now form a part of its foundation. As Paris went on its way to becoming an important hub, thousands flocked to the city. This spurred justified concerns about the limited cemetery space, leading to the creation of the catacombs in 1810 at the site of the old Montrouge stone quarries. Although in use as an ossuary as early as the 1780s, it was not until this time that the catacombs were organized. The bones were arranged as per the cemeteries they were taken from, creating a subterranean skeletal world, where the last of the lot were brought down in 1860. During World War II, this network of galleries was used as a hideaway for the Résistance movement; its vastness and the discretion of its entrances were great assets indeed. These ossuaries, illustrated by texts, create a chilling atmosphere and describe some of the defining events in the history of Paris, giving visitors substance for meditation. It is also occasionally used as a macabre venue for concerts, parties and other events.

Paris, França
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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best-designed aquariums in the country. A rather stand-out feature of this aquarium is the two-story tank, home to a kelp forest in which one can find sunfish, sharks, and the occasional diver tasked with squeegeeing the algae off the tank walls. Sand dabs are displayed in shelf-like tanks ideally suited to the flat fish, and a school of sardines swim in an endless circle in their cylindrical tank home. If you want to interact with some aquatic dwellers, you're invited to pet the bat rays. The jellyfish display is one of Monterey Bay Aquarium's star attractions.

Pacific Grove, CA, Estados Unidos
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San Diego Zoo

The centerpiece of the blissful Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is a prolific destination for adults and children alike. Spread over 98.84 acres (40 hectares) of diverse landscapes, the zoo is home to an excess of 3,500 fauna that belongs to 650 species or subspecies. Established in the year 1916, it is one of the few non-profit wildlife conservation zones to nurture the highly-endangered Giant Panda. Laden with man-made habitats that emulate various topographies from around the globe, the park's most-visited exhibits includes the Monkey Trails, the Polar Bear Plunge, Elephant Odyssey, Tiger River, Koalafornia and the Panda Trek. Virtually every nook and corner of the zoo is made conveniently accessible by the beloved Skyfari, a gondola system that spans across nearly 75 percent of the property.

San Diego, CA, Estados Unidos
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