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Virtual Worlds and Digital Inspiration

These apps allow for exploration within a virtual world and/or provide a before/after historical and current photography. Perfect for digital story-telling, teaching and exploring setting, and writing prompts.

Virtual Field Trips: iTunes U Collections and Apps

Connecting to the iTunes Store.

Flyover Locations in Apple Maps

The unofficial list of cities with supported flyover mode in Apple maps.

Epic Citadel By Epic Games, Inc.

Enter Epic Citadel, the dynamic fantasy setting of the award-winning Infinity Blade.From the circus bazaar to the sweeping cathedral in the center of town, Epic Citadel dazzles with a visual parade of special effects, as only imagined by Epic Games and powered by the critically acclaimed Unreal Engine 3.Are you ready to explore the realm of the Epic Citadel and all the beautiful secrets it holds?Epic Citadel was created using the same tools and technology used to develop high-end console games, now delivered for iOS devices!

Castlerama By CODENRAMA

Castlerama takes you on a photorealistic walk through a beautiful, detailed and accurately lit 3D setting. Merging real and imaginary elements, it draws inspiration from the charming town of Assisi, in Italy. You are left to find your own way around by touch and sight alone. Exploring a whole world becomes a matter of lifting your fingers.Our goal? To fool your eyes and brain considering it all real. When you go back with your memory to the day you first opened this Mentalbox, you will think it was you on the cobblestone, you in the alleys, you in the catacombs...While developing Castlerama, we had to face the fact that newer devices such as iPhone4s and iPad2s are very different from their predecessors, iPhone3GSs and iPads, in that the former have twice as much memory. In order to have the app run on all devices, we had to compromise quite a bit, pushing the old devices to their limits (risking crash if other applications are left running) while keeping the new devices well behind their capabilities.Powered by Unreal Engine.

Barcelona En Gòtic By Fundació Barcelona Media

iPad 2 version of the Barcelona in Gothic project, developed by Barcelona Media Innovation Center and the History Museum of Barcelona (MUHBA) housed in the archaeological site of Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona, near the cathedral.Meet the gothic quarter of Barcelona and discover its monuments like you never have been able to do before. Take a walk among its most emblematic buildings and go back in time to reacquaint yourself with part of its gothic disappeared heritage.Barcelona in Gothic is a heritage project that explains aspects of the gothic quarter of the city, which combines different elements of art and architecture of whom provides additional related information.

Recce - London By mapply

Recce is a fast, beautiful, and fun way to explore London and everything that is going on in your immediate environment. From great coffee shops and hip bars, to planning the fastest way to get around town, Recce’s unique approach makes every day activities fun and engaging. Features:A Super-fast, fully interactive and immersive 3D way to discover the most popular and vibrant parts of London. Built-in GPS and Compass functionality to quickly locate yourself, and discover the most interesting things in your immediate surroundings.Available both on-line and off-line with rich and relevant information.Take a quick tour and explore London’s finest landmarks, from the classics such as Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace & Big Ben to the modern additions such as The Shard, Gherkin, and Olympic Park.See up-to-date information on London’s Underground (Subway) or Bike hires.Plan your journey and get the fastest route recommendations using London’s public transport network.

Recce - New York By mapply

Take a quick tour and explore New York’s finest landmarks, such as Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower, Yankee Stadium, Empire State Building, and many more!* Discover & book tickets to events taking place around New York's Broadway, Art Galleries, Bars and Clubs* Discover & buy all the current local Offers around you.

Recce - San Francisco By mapply

Recce is a fast, beautiful, and fun way to explore San Francisco and everything that is going on in your immediate environment. From great coffee shops and hip bars, to cool art galleries and theatres, Recce’s unique approach makes discovering and exploring the city fun and engaging. Features: * A Super-fast, fully interactive and immersive 3D way to discover the most popular and vibrant parts of San Francisco. * Built-in GPS and Compass functionality to quickly locate yourself, and discover the most interesting things in your immediate surroundings. * Available both on-line and off-line with rich and relevant information. * Take a quick tour and explore San Francisco’s finest landmarks, such as Home of the SF Giants, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, The Ferry Building, Transamerica Pyramid, & Fisherman's Wharf. * Discover & book tickets to events taking place around San Francisco's Theatres, Art Galleries, Bars and Clubs* Discover & buy all the current local Offers around you

AirPano Travel Book $

Get ready for the amazing virtual travel experience!
Explore the world’s best 360º aerial panoramas.

AirPano Travel Book is a collection of unique spherical photo panoramas of the most amazing places in the world with a bird’s eye view. AirPano takes you on an exciting journey with a real-life presence at a photographic location. The aerial panorama technology allows viewers to soar in the sky above Niagara Falls, the famous Taj Mahal, nightlife in Las Vegas, and the fantastic beaches of Dominican Republic.

Boulevard iPad HD By Vista Panoramica

Tour Virtual do Boulevard Geneve em Campos do Jordão, conheça todos os ambientes do shopping e as suas lojas como O Baden Baden e Matterhorn.

Sites in 3D
3D Virtual tours of landmarks from Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Morocco, Kuwait, Yemen, Macedonia, Holland, Belgium and France. Examine the marvels of Islamic architecture, visit mosques, tombs, palaces of sultans, museums, inns, baths, castles, towers, old houses, squares, parks, nature, religious sites, ancient cities, and other places with more than a thousand 360° panoramic images in high quality. Go up the Eiffel tower, go inside the Egyptian Pyramids and even visit Mars! You will feel as if you are there...


- Move your mobile device around and see the environment as if you were holding a camera.
- You can use your fingers to pan around or zoom in- and out.
- Tap the screen to see the hotspots (if any). Tapping the hotspots will move you to that location.
- To lock screen orientation, keep your finger on the screen while turning the device.
Ancient Egypt Virtual 3D Interactive Archaeology Reconstruction: The Raneferef's Hypostyle Hall
This scientific virtual archaeology application is showing in interactive 3D format reconstruction of Raneferef's hypostyle hall at funerary temple in Abusir, Egypt. The project was directed by Doc. Mgr. Jaromir Krejci, Ph.D., egyptologist with archaeological practice in Egypt, secretary of the Czech Institute of Egyptology at The Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague (CUFA), a member of The International Association of Egyptologists and Foundation Board Aigyptos. King Raneferef's hypostyle hall was virtually reconstructed according to available evidence and under the expert guidance into 3D photorealistic visualization including the expected interior colors and lighting conditions. Revolutionary new DREAMVIEW introduces interactive 360° spatial viewing. Photo Gallery offers pictures of excavations and other graphic materials.
Virtual History ROMA $

Mondadori presents a fantastic voyage to Ancient Rome, the capital of the largest empire in the ancient world, which has been reconstructed in virtual form and which you can explore in a “full-immersion” panoramic experience.

Texas 1836 By eduweb

Explore the historic site of Washington-on-the-Brazos with this magic window into history. See the town of Washington as it looked in 1836, when delegates from all parts of Texas came to write the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the Republic of Texas. Through the magic of augmented-reality, the app presents a virtual town of Washington, full scale and overlaid on the historic site for you to explore.IMPORTANT: • This app is primarily designed for use at the Washington-on-the-Brazos Historic Site, southeast of College Station, Texas. To track your location and align the virtual world of 1836 with the real world, you must have an iPhone 4+ or iPad 2+ (cellular model with GPS, but no cell service is required).• To explore the 1836 town elsewhere, choose the Offsite Tour on the About The App page. T

Be There: San Francisco By Red Hill Studios

Turn your iPhone/iPad into an amazing virtual travel machine with Be There: San Francisco. Gaze upon the San Francisco skyline and then rotate the iPad to rotate your view. This amazing new form of virtual reality lets you explore this famous city as never before.- A wonderful and immersive experience that allows you to enjoy the sights and sounds of San Francisco, without actually being there - AppAddict review.-

3D Virtual Art Gallery By Esimple

First of all we would like to thank everyone for the great feedback on the app, positive reviews and 5-stars ratings. More than 7000 downloads the first 24 hours and among the top-20 apps in several national AppStores. We are working hard to improve this app and make it a truly extraordinary experience for gallery owners, artists and visitors!The 3D Virtual Art Gallery is the perfect way for artists or gallery owners to showcase their art works to the widest audience possible.With over 150 million iOS devices, people from every corner of the world will be able to walk through a virtual representation of an art gallery, showcasing paintings or photographs you will personally choose, uploading them from the dedicated web back-end.This application is a demo of what YOUR personal application will look like, showing a random selection of paintings just to get you the feel of the final product.

Mount Rushmore Virtual Tour By CyArk

Explore the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in an interactive, self-guided tour through this offical National Park Service app. Visit the U.S. Monument known as the Shrine of Democracy and explore the mountain sculpture up-close, including the hidden Hall of Records behind the presidents--complete with narration, immersive 360° images, maps, 3D laser scans and illustrations. Planning a visit to Mount Rushmore?

Fort Laramie By CyArk

Welcome to the digital Fort Laramie National Historic Site. This official National Park Service app gives you full virtual access to the famous fur trading post and later military fort located at the junction of the Laramie and North Platte Rivers in Wyoming.

VUitNOW Residential By Wagstaffs Design

Supported devices: iPad2, iPad(3rd Gen), iPhone 4, iPhone 4SVUitNOW is a real-time visual experience putting the viewer in total control, giving you the ability to experience and explore every aspect of a property, online, in marketing suites or face to face presentations. You can navigate and interact with every aspect of the 3D environment on your terms. Use it to get a real feel for your potential new home. And it can even be used to help with interior design – changing layouts or colour schemes, furniture or materials.

Home Design 3D By LiveCad - Freemium - For iPad By Anuman

[Discover the free version of the reference application Home Design 3D.In this version, you can test the functionalities of the application and explore its possibilities.This version can be used without limit. But be careful, projects cannot be saved in this version.

ArounderTouch By Vrway Communication

As seen on demo iPad and iPhones of Worldwide Apple Retail StoresJoin a community of discerning global travelers holding the world at their fingertips--NEW VERSION 2.0 --Created by VRWay Communication, universal ArounderTouch 2.0 features both iPhone 4 and iPad versions.Aroundertouch is a journey of discovery of the world's top travel destinations by mesmerizing 360 panoramas that puts you at the center of the picture. So either take an imaginary getaway or pre-plan your travels by experiencing up-close the historical cathedrals, renowned art museums, majestic landmarks, glorious mountain-top vistas as well as those local cafes, shops and quiet places that make each city unique. Through vivid virtual exploring, you can time travel to a location without taking a step.

Virtual Travel By Panoramas s.r.o.

Dive into the world of spherical panoramas. This is the biggest collection of 360 degree panoramas on your iPhone. Free with no ads ! More than 6000 panoramas at your fingertips. Enjoy more than 30 countries of the World including Austria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Croatia, Czech republic, Egypt, England, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Laos, Nepal, Netherlands, Poland, San Marino, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, USA, Vietnam. Visit us online at

Discover Hong Kong‧720° 香港‧720° By Hong Kong Tourism Board

DISCOVER HONG KONG‧720°The app’s features include an impressive virtual tour that invites viewers to get a complete experience of several of Hong Kong’s best sights. It also allows users to view video, read about attractions, and locate their own position and those of places they want to visit.

360 CityScape, Immersive Travel Guide By 360 CityScape

With 360 CityScape Immersive Travel Guide, take a virtual tour in and around Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille, Biscarrosse, Sarlat, Villeréal, Saint-Émilion and find out all you need to know before and during your trip! This immersive tourist guide now lets you: - discover over hundreds of PANORAMAS of emblematic sites - learn about the history and architecture of the streets and squares all conveniently located on an interactive street map - take a 360° look inside restaurants, hotels, bars and cafés and much more. -

Western Wall 3D By

NEW!!! See the Holy Temple come to life on the modern day Temple Mount! 3D interactive learning tour of one of the holiest Jewish site in the world – the Western Wall in Jerusalem.Visit the symbol of Jewish exile and return to the Promised Land at the only remnant of the 2nd Jewish Temple of destructed in 70 AD.