More Google Street View tourism

Commenting on my entry about walking the streets of Pompeii using Google Maps Street View, Stuart of Free History Books asked if I knew of any other sites of archaeological note which could be browsed in Street View.

I said I’d look into and so I have. Not only are there other historical wonderlands available for virtual tourism, but Google and UNESCO have an ongoing collaboration to upload as many World Heritage Sites to Google Maps Street View as possible. So far they have 18 sites ready to roll, including Stonehenge, Santiago de Compostela, and the historic center of San Gimignano, a walled medieval wonderland of towers in Tuscany.

Just click the “Select location” dropdown menu and pick your destination. Then drag the little yellow guy from the zoom controls onto the map to talk a stroll.

Going forward, Google plans to add Street View data from many more countries.

In the coming months Google will work with UNESCO to select additional World Heritage landmarks, in countries where Street View imagery is being collected, which will be photographed for the project. The aim is to collect imagery from diverse regions throughout the world including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, US and many countries throughout Europe. With permission from the site manager/owner such places look set to one day be available to millions of people around the world who may never have the chance to visit them in person.

May that day come sooner rather than later. :boogie:

There are hundreds more World Heritage sites already on Google Maps (click the “Discover more World Heritage sites” button under the “Select location” dropdown to see them all), but they’re just in satellite view, which of course can be very cool in and of itself, but doesn’t give you that same being in the middle of things vibe.

Speaking of which, I feel like walking in the footsteps of the Druids right about now.

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Comment by Tilitoli
2009-12-21 03:22:54

Thank you. I going to see these virtual places.

I hope this information will be interesting to you (I have just read it):

Serbians have oppened a “Stone-Age Reality Park” (in Plocnik). There are many stone-age fashioned house. The visitors can meet prehistoric dressed people working among the houses (the villagers from the village near the park). Interesting, the visitors must not speak to the “characters”.

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Comment by livius drusus
2009-12-21 17:36:36

That sounds like fun. I’ve been to a couple of reenactment sites. My favorite was Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts. You can talk to the characters, but if you mention something that wasn’t invented yet in the 17th century, they act like they don’t understand.

Comment by Tilitoli
2009-12-22 00:46:38

Actually, I do not know. It is possible that this is a joke. But I do not think…

That Plymouth Plantation looks like a very interesting place.

Comment by LadyShea
2009-12-21 15:09:37

Homeschooling resource ITB

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Comment by livius drusus
2009-12-21 17:37:10

Hell to the yeah. Even the satellite views can be great instructionals.

Comment by Sarah
2009-12-21 20:44:19

Thought you might find this interesting, despite the heavy religious tone.

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Comment by livius drusus
2009-12-22 00:29:50

I read about that earlier today. “Jesus’ neighbor” rhetoric aside, the actual find is fairly thin, which is why I decided not to post about it.

Comment by Stuart
2009-12-22 19:42:52

Fantastic! I know what I’m going to spend time doing this weekend! Stonehenge is appropriate since it was the winter solstice yesterday. 😀

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Comment by livius drusus
2009-12-22 20:42:58

Oh ya, I had forgotten that. :boogie:

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