Virtual museums could offer a way of travelling back in time to experience the past, say researchers.

A team at the University of Geneva have been using sophisticated 3D computer modelling technology to bring historical monuments to life.

They have developed virtual reality models of two Turkish mosques dating from the Ottoman era of the 16th century which let you move around and explore the buildings in real-time.

The researchers say the technology could give visitors to a virtual museum a sense of “being there”.

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