Visit famous sites from your PC with Google's World Wonders Project

With the launch of its World Wonders project, Google is making it easy for users to get up close and personal with 132 world-famous sites, without needing a passport.

Travelling to the world's most famous attractions is, by far, the best way to see them, but Google doesn't want those who are short of time or money to be left out of seeing historic and famous icons like the Stonehenge or the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Starting today, Google's new World Wonders project brings the company's famous Street View technology to 132 famous sites in 18 countries, sometimes using pedal power, instead of its now familiar camera-topped cars.

Some of the sites included in the project are Versailles in France, Jerusalem in Israel, Historic Route 66 in the United States, the Cinque Terre region of Italy, Cologne Cathedral in Germany and many more.

According to Google's website, "World Wonders uses Street View technology to take you on a virtual trip to each iconic site".

"Most could not be filmed by car, so we used camera-carrying trikes to pedal our way close enough. The [web]site also includes 3D models and YouTube videos of the historical places, so you can dig in and get more information and a broader view of each site."

In addition, Google wrote, the project will feature official information and photography on many of the sites, from organisations like Getty Images, Ourplace, UNESCO and the World Monuments Fund.


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