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Virtual tour inside Lincoln Cathedral now on Google

By AlexColman  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

Lincoln Cathedral's virtual tour was photographed by Darren Juggins Photography.

Lincoln Cathedral's virtual tour was photographed by Darren Juggins Photography.

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Panoramic views inside Lincoln Cathedral can now be viewed online via Google Street View.

Users can embark on a tour inside the building, down the main naive and even into the room made famous for the filming of the Da Vinci Code film.

The view is shot from eye level for the average person, giving the perspective of actually being in Lincolnshire's Historic landmark.

It is hoped that the new technology will help attract new visitors and persuade previous ones to come back again.

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Chief Executive of Lincoln Cathedral, Phil Hamlyn Williams said: "We want our visitors to begin their visit before the get here and to continue after they have left.

"Google Street Map is a wonderful means by which those thinking of visiting can get a taste of what they will experience.

"It can only be a taste since every visit will be different: there may be an organist practicing, or a group of school children excitedly searching for the little carved creatures that our medieval masons introduced in odd places."

Local photographer, Darren Juggins, is behind the project and has been working in Lincolnshire with the Google Business Photos project since April this year, completing over 50 tours.

Google uses trusted independent photographers such as Mr Juggins, to produce 360 degree virtual tours of business premises as long as it has a Local Page on Google.

There is just a one-off cost for the photographer and then the tour is published onto Google Street View.

Mr Juggins said: "The Cathedral Tour shows the visual power that Google Business Photos can bring to a business, opening up the 'inside' of your business to customers allows both existing and new customers to understand what is on offer and tempt them to visit in person.

"The most challenging part of the Cathedral shoot was choosing what to include but we picked the elements that would place this tour as one of the most viewed in the world, once people get to know about it."

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