Notre-Dame de Paris : journey to the past in VR

Notre-Dame de Paris: Voyage dans le Passé
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On April 15, 2019, the world witnessed as Notre-Dame Cathedral was nearly destroyed in a devastating fire. As the tragedy unfolded, people began sharing memories of the cathedral with photos and videos reliving those moments. Others were able to relive their memories virtually through Assassin’s Creed Unity, the video game. This game, launched in 2014, takes the players to Paris at the time of the French Revolution. Ubisoft has been collaborating with historians for years, meticulously collecting data and testimonials to reconstitute Paris’ iconic monuments in-game. Today, based on this 3D model, Ubisoft proposes a virtual reality visit of Notre-Dame so people can get back to the cathedral and discover point-of-views that were inaccessible to the public, such as the roof, or elements of architecture that were destroyed by the fire, including the famous spire! In a 3X3 meters zone, the visitor is invited to look around and take a few steps to admire each perspective of the monument, from the nave to the bell towers, to the sound of its famous Cavaillé-Coll Organ performing J.S. Bach. He will even access places closed to the public, ending with an unexpected hot-air balloon flight over a living Paris. This experience has been shown for the first time at the UNESCO Headquarters on Heritage Days (sept. 2019) and was part of the South by Southwest Virtual Cinema 2020 selection.

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