The project is part of the Ministry of Culture’s Authentic Ukraine campaign, which aims to promote the cultural heritage of Ukraine around the world.
Previously, Google Ukraine produced similar online tours for Ukrainian wooden churches and outdoor museums from the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Although the website attracted a lot of public attention, its technical side still needs improvement.
The website’s main page features a map of Ukraine with five opera houses marked on it: the National Opera of Ukraine in Kyiv, Lviv National Opera, Olha Kobylyanska Academic Music and Drama Theater in Chernivtsi, Kyiv National Academic Operetta Theater and Odesa National Academic Theater of Opera.
All of the theaters were built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Visitors to the website can pick an opera house, read the description, and move around inside the buildings.
A voice guide is available in three languages: English, Ukrainian, and Russian. It includes the history of each building, its construction, architectural style and value.
“It’s a virtual journey that gives an opportunity to get acquainted with the unique architecture of opera theaters of Ukraine,” the statement reads.
To create the tours, Google Ukraine has taken over 300 panoramic photos and shot 360-degree videos in the opera houses.
The tours can be viewed on a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
The company recommends visitors to use virtual reality goggles «to dive into the theatrical atmosphere».