Tours from your living room

Have you ever been to the Taj Mahal? How about the Colosseum in Rome, or the Great Pyramid of Giza? You can go right now, virtually, and take a fabulous tour of a whole collection of museum, monuments and ancient heritage sites. We won’t be embarking on any group trips, great or otherwise for the next few months so here’s something you can do from your own isolation room.

Google Arts and Culture have put together this amazing series of adventures where you can tour some of the most important and intriguing historic sites in the world. Visit the Taj Mahal, built in the 1630s as a mausoleum for Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of Mughal Emperor Sha Jahan. It’s one of the most recognisable monuments anywhere in the world and set among its own ornamental grounds. Pick a level a have a look around – it’s a bit misty on the day of your visit, unfortunately, but it’s still beautiful!

How about the Palace of Versailles? A full tour through the mirrors, marble and lanterns that make up the court of Louis IVX, the Sun King himself. He didn’t spare the cash on decoration od the Palace and employed incredible French artists to work on making the rooms and gardens extravagantly royal.  The Hall of Mirrors is one of the biggest ‘look-at-me’ statements in the history of architecture. Have a look!

Maybe you’d prefer a quiet museum instead? How about a trip to the home of the mono-browed self-portraitist Frida Kahlo in Ciudad de México. Click on the little figure in the bottom right of the header picture and choose where you want to go. There are pictures all round the walls of the house where she was born and where she died. The Museo Frida Kahlo is also known as the Blue House and it’s in one of the oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods in Mexico City. It was first made into a museum in 1958, four years after she died and now it’s one of the most popular museums in the Mexican capital.

There are plenty of other virtual tours and experiences right here and you can go there in the chair you’re sitting in right now!

Al Barker 19/3/20