This page contains digital tours of The Cities that Built the Bible, as well as links to online resources that allow readers to see the ancient world in digital reconstruction.
How to download and view the Cities that Built the Bible virtual tours:
- Click the icon above to download Google Earth to your computer (free), or click here to download.
- Install and open Google Earth. Look at the “Layers” sidebar on the bottom right, and MAKE SURE 3D BUILDINGS IS CHECKED.
- Click the icon above to download the tours (also free), or click here to download.
- Double click on the “cities-that-built-the-bible-tours.zip” to unzip the file, if double clicking gives you an error, right click and choose “unzip”.
- If the file is not unzipping for you, or you receive an error that the file is an incorrect format, you may have to manually add .zip to the end of “cities-that-built-the-bible-tours”, and then try opening.
- In the unzipped file, you will find multiple tour files (.kmz), you are free to chose which tour you would like to take.
- Double click to open any or all the files in Google Earth – the files may attempt to open in Photoshop, if that is the case, right click on the file you are attempting to open and chose “Open with..” and select Google Earth.
- For each tour in Google Earth (for example “01_Tour of Tyre – Sison – Byblos.kmz”, double click the title of the tour under “Temporary Places” and you should find a line that says “CLICK HERE for tour”.
- Double click “CLICK HERE for your” to begin the virtual tour of the various cities that built the Bible.
Also feel free to navigate the models and sites manually after you have viewed the tours!
3D model credits:
Many of the 3-D models featured in the tour were produced by Dr. Cargill’s graduate students in his Design,Visualization & Mapping 3D Environments class.
Byblos’ palace buildings and city wall created by Yvonne Seale, PHD student in the History department.
Ugarit’s Temple of Dagon created by Dana Spyridakos, MA student in the Classics department.
Megiddo’s palace and stables created by Emily K. Jones, MA student in the Library and Information Science department. Megiddo’s six-chambered gate, wall, and well created by Ella von Holtum, MA student in the Library and Information Science department.
Nineveh’s Sennacherib’s Palace created by Patrick Curtis, MA student in the Library and Information Science department. Nineveh’s Library of Ashrbanipal created by Stefan Schoeberlein, PHD student in the English department.
Babylon’s Ishtar Gate created by Kelly Grogg, MA student in the Library and Information Science department. Babylon’s Etemenaki Ziggurat created by Laurel Rhame, MA student in the Library and Information Science department.
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