• The video shows the shrine where Jesus is thought to have been born more than 2,000 years ago
• It is part of a larger project by which uses 360 video and virtual reality to bring the bible to life
• Viewers can see the exact spot where the nativity took place, including the manger where the baby lay
• The film's tour guide describes the shrine as 'one of the holiest sites in the Holy Land'
A new 360 video is giving people around the world the chance to see the original nativity scene, by taking a virtual tour of the birthplace of Jesus.
Just in time for Christmas, viewers can transport themselves to the Holy Land to see the spot where the biblical baby is thought to have been born.
Virtual tour guide Danny Herman, known as 'Danny the Digger', takes viewers on a tour of the shrine - which draws millions of visitors each year.
A new immersive video is offering viewers a virtual tour of 'one of the holiest sites of the Holy Land', the site in Bethlehem thought to be the birthplace of Jesus (pictured)
Shot at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the immersive film by director and producer Pearry Teo forms part of a larger series called Bible VR, which aims to use 360 video and virtual reality to bring the bible to life.
In the video, Herman descends the steps into the shrine before describing the exact spot thought to be the birthplace of Christ.
'This is one of the holiest sites in the Holy Land,' says Herman.
'This block is marking the very spot of his delivery,' the guide explains, before pointing out another part of the shrine believed to be the manger and even the spot where the three wise men stood on their visit to the infant.
Shot at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the immersive film by director and producer Pearry Teo forms part of a larger series called Bible VR, which aims to use 360 video and virtual reality to bring the bible to life. In the video, viewers are guided about the shrine and shown the exact spot where the biblical baby was thought to have been born
Film director Mr Pearry said: 'Aside from the fact that the foundations of Christianity began with the birth of Jesus Christ and The Church of Nativity marks the spot where tradition believes he was born, The Church of Nativity in Bethlehem is one of the oldest and most major holy site in the world.
'I believe in keeping Tradition alive by sharing with people the wonders of the world, its rich history and to open the eyes of those who may never have a chance to visit Israel and The Holy Land.
'This is more than just Christianity. For those interested in History, Architecture or Geography, it is a peak at one of the most fascinating holy sites in the world.
'There was certainly a sense of overwhelming indescribable holiness - profound silence and peacefulness pervades the entire location.
'The authorities who gave me permission to film in there were very helpful and amazingly pleasant.
'There is definitely an air around the place when you go there. You do not have to be Christian to feel something deeper, something special all around you. Even Muslims come from all over to pay their respects there, so that was definitely an eye opener.
'To see people of different religions and denominations come together, that was truly a wonderful thing.'
In the video, tour guide Danny Herman descends the steps into the shrine (pictured) before pointing out the exact spot thought to be the birthplace of Christ as well as the manger
Shot at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the immersive film by director and producer Pearry Teo, enables viewers to visit the biblical site and look around, without leaving their home
The footage was shot on a Nokia OZO VR camera and has been left unaltered for the most realistic effect.
Pearry added: 'Traditional Filming allows you to see what the documentarian or filmmaker chooses you should see.
'360 lets the viewer explore at their own pace, take the time to really absorb what it would really be like being there.
'It is the closest thing to experiencing The Holy Land, short of being there yourself. This makes the experience very personal, because how a person explores these locations is really up to them.'
THE BIRTHPLACE OF JESUS
The Church of the Nativity, located 6 miles (10 km) outside of Jerusalem, is one of the most important religious sites in the world.
It has been recognised as the birthplace of Jesus since at least the 2nd century and has been listed as a Unesco world heritage site since 2012.
The original church was built in 339 CE, but was rebuilt after fire in the 6th century and it is one of the oldest churches in the world still in daily use.
An estimated two million people make pilgrimages to the site each year to visit the church and the shrine below, the Grotto, where Jesus of Nazareth is believed to have been born.
But the region is of key importance to other religions as well. Almost 1000 years before Jesus, Bethlehem was the city of King David.
Today, the site in Bethlehem is part of a large religious complex.
Set in the marble floor of the Grotto is a silver star which represents the spot where Jesus was born, installed in 1717 and surrounded by lamps to represent the different Christian communities.
The immersive film by director and producer Pearry Teo, enables viewers to visit the biblical site and look around.
The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is one of the holiest sites in the world for the Christian faith, with millions of visitors making their pilgrimage to the site to see the birthplace of Jesus