By Kaelanne Jordan
This latest update was shared via ‘Mount St Benedict, Trinidad’ and [Abbot] John Pereira’s Facebook page on Holy Saturday.
Abbot Pereira told Catholic News that the virtual platform was done in 2017 to allow persons across the world to visit the Abbey. “It has been a wonderful asset during this period when Churches are required to remain closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said via WhatsApp.
The virtual tour, created by Dingole Ltd, an award-winning local tech company that specialises in Immersive Tech such as virtual reality, allows users to walk through and explore the Church in 360. The Dingole team approached Abbot Pereira with this project to be able to share and preserve “our local heritage through technology”. The project has become relevant now that many across the world are confined to their homes, Abbot Pereira observed.
The virtual tour of the Abbey Church allows users to navigate easily on several devices. They can explore at their own pace and even catch a glimpse of the outside view. Abbot Pereira shared that several other countries are now using virtual reality to showcase museums, historical sites and much more to support social distancing.