To help the visually-impaired to admire the huge tourist attractions, miniatures of these attractions are created. They are placed near the attractions themselves, including information in Braille to help more people read about the monuments or entire city centers. This wonderful addition helps the blind and the visually-challenged to appreciate tourist attractions better, as My Modern Met details:
“When blind people finger their town for the first time it is a completely new experience for them,” Broerken writes. “Before they could feel the walls of the town but only the model gives them a chance to understand the dimension of the town they live in.”
By bringing architecture to life on a small scale, visitors can take a walk through the city using their fingertips and marvel at the incredible detail they might have otherwise missed. Of course, new technology like 3D printing has made scale models more affordable and so tactile models have become increasingly commonplace. So the next time you walk past one of these beautiful miniatures, take a moment to consider its important role in unlocking the details of the world’s greatest architecture.
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