From the archaeological areas of Pompeii to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Google’s World Wonders Project aims to bring to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world.
By using our Street View technology, Google has a unique opportunity to make world heritage sites available to users across the globe. Street View is a hugely popular feature of Google Maps which is already available in dozens of countries. It allows users to virtually explore and navigate a neighborhood through panoramic street-level images. With advancements in our camera technologies we can now go off the beaten track to photograph some of the most significant places in the world so that anyone, anywhere can explore them.
Street View has already proved a real hit for tourists and avid virtual explorers. The World Wonders Project also presents a valuable resource for students and scholars who can now virtually discover some of the most famous sites on earth. The project offers an innovative way to teach history and geography to students all over the world.
Our World Wonders Project is also supported by a broad, connected suite of other Google technologies, bringing wonders of the world within reach of an unprecedented global audience. The project website also provides a window to 3D models, YouTube videos and photography of the famous heritage sites.
Together with partners including UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund and Cyark, the World Wonders Project is preserving the world heritage sites for future generations.
- What is the World Wonders Project?
- The Google World Wonders Project is a platform which brings world heritage sites of the modern and ancient world online. Using Street View, 3D modeling and other Google technologies, we have made these amazing sites accessible to everyone across the globe. With videos, photos and in-depth information, you can now explore the world wonders from your armchair just as if you were there.
- Why is Google doing this?
- Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. With this project we want to make the world heritage sites available to everyone and to digitally preserve them for future generations. We believe that the World Wonders Project can be especially useful for students, scholars and teachers to engage in an innovative and interactive way of learning.
- Who is involved?
- We are working with partners including UNESCO and World Monuments Fund to support us in providing valuable information to our users.
- How do I get started?
- Start exploring world heritage sites by either flicking through the picture carousel on the homepage or play with the globe to discover random sites from all over the world. You can also find places by themes or locations chosen over the drop-down panel on the top of the homepage. For more guidance, please watch the website demo that can be found when you click on the “i”-icon on the homepage.
- Will you be adding more world heritage sites?
- We would love to bring to life all of the wonders of the modern and ancient world with this project. We will work with UNESCO and partners all over the world to continuously add more sites.
- What is Street View?
- Street View is a feature of Google Maps that lets you navigate on street-level in 360° just as if you were there. Learn more about Street View.
- What is the technology behind it? How are the images being collected?
- We collect most of the imagery with our Street View cars that have a special camera mounted on their roofs. Where we can’t drive the cars we use other vehicles such as the Street View trike which is a three-wheel pedi-cab with a camera system on top. The Trike is ridden through pedestrian walkways or trails and automatically gathers images as it goes.
- What is Panoramio, YouTube, Google Earth?
- Please visit the Panoramio, YouTube, Google Earth and SketchUp websites for more information about these Google products.
- Can I share stuff I find with my friends?
- Yes – we encourage you to do so. You can share the World Wonders Project website with your friends on Google+. Simply click on the +1 icon on the homepage to share with your friends. If you don’t have a Google+ account yet, don’t worry! The icon will route you to the Google+ sign-up page where you can set up your account. Try it, it is easy and free.
- Can I contribute to the project?
- Yes – you can supply pictures that may be used on the site. You can upload pictures to Panoramio, if you have a Panoramio account. If your pictures are tagged accordingly and show up on Google Maps, they may eventually appear on the World Wonders Project photo gallery for that specific location. We cannot guarantee that your photo will show in the gallery.
- I am a teacher. How can I use the educational material provided?
- We have created classroom material for primary and secondary school history and geography teachers to download free of charge. These include suggestions of lesson plans, student work sheets and presentations. The material is designed to be flexible, allowing teachers all over the world to use it in various forms and levels of curriculums.