100-year-old grandmother breaks down in tears as she uses a VR headset to explore her childhood cathedral in her hometown in Armenia
A 100-year-old grandmother broke down in tears while using a virtual reality headset to view a cathedral in her hometown in Armenia.
The woman, who now lives in the US, became choked up while using VR to tour a church from her hometown of Vagharshapat – something she never thought she’d be able to do again.
She was immediately hit with a wave of emotion and cried happy tears upon seeing the Etchmiadzin Cathedral, which she used to visit as a child.
A 100-year-old grandmother has stolen internet users’ hearts after she broke down in tears while viewing a cathedral from her Armenian hometown on a virtual reality headset
The woman became choked up while using VR to tour a church from her hometown of Vagharshapat – something she never thought she’d be able to do again
She was immediately hit with a wave of emotion and cried happy tears upon seeing the Etchmiadzin Cathedral
Pictured: The Etchmiadzin Cathedral, which is often considered the oldest cathedral in the world
Her granddaughter, Michelle, captured the sweet moment and shared it to TikTok, where it quickly went viral and gained more than three million views in a matter of days.
‘Showing my 100-year-old Armenian grandma the Etchmiadzin Cathedral in virtual reality,’ Michelle wrote in the heartwarming clip that shows her grandmother, whom they call Nene.
Nene can be seen wearing the VR headset as her family members instruct her to look around.
It appeared that they can see what she is looking at on a phone screen, so they help her navigate the virtual reality world.
Suddenly, Nene starts to break down as she is overcome with emotion.
‘Why are you crying?’ someone can be heard asking her from behind the camera.
Her granddaughter, Michelle, captured the sweet moment and shared it to TikTok where it quickly went viral, gaining more than three million views in a matter of days
‘It’s so beautiful,’ she told her family members after one of them asked why she was crying
The Etchmiadzin Cathedral was originally built in the early fourth century. It has been broken down and restored numerous times since
‘It’s so beautiful,’ she responds, attempting to wipe away her tears with a tissue.
The Etchmiadzin Cathedral, which is often considered the oldest cathedral in the world, was originally built in the early fourth century by Armenia’s patron saint, Gregory the Illuminator.
It has been broken down and restored numerous times over the centuries, and is still considered the main shrine for Armenian Christians.
In 2000, it was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
‘She is the most precious sweetheart,’ Michelle captioned the touching video.
In another clip, Nene is blown away again when she take a virtual hot air balloon ride using the headset. She seems completely in awe as she looks around and sees mountains all around her.
Many commenters have shared their love for Nene, with one writing, ‘She is a national treasure and must be protected at all costs’
In another clip, Nene was blown away again when she took a virtual hot air balloon ride. She seemed completely in awe as she looked around and saw mountains all around her
Viewers are charmed by the elderly woman, with many flooding the comment section of both videos to share their love for Nene, with one writing, ‘She is a national treasure and must be protected at all costs.’
Another added: ‘Your Nene makes me want to stay alive. Life is hard but there’s so many beautiful things to experience.’
‘She went from a time when television didn’t exist to VR in the living room,’ someone else pointed out. ‘Protect and love this sweet woman.’
‘I’ve legit only known about you Nene’s existence for about a minute but I would already take a bullet for her,’ another user commented.
Other comments read: ‘This is what VR should be used for,’ ‘Best thing I’ve seen on the internet lately,’ and, ‘Not a day this app doesn’t make me cry. God bless her.’
‘When she was born this type of tech was unimaginable… Imagine what we will have when Gen Z is this old,’ someone else said.