Google World Wonders project takes web tourists to Stonehenge, Pompeii
SILICONE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, June 2 — Google launched the World Wonders project on May 31 to promote the world’s most scenic sites on the web). At the moment, the project provides a good look into a little more than a hundred locations, encompassing natural wonders, man-made monuments and archaeological sites.
hanks to Google’s Street View technology, internet users around the world can now explore some of the world’s most famous heritage sites — such as the Château de Versailles, Stonehenge, Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial or the ruins of Pompeii — from the comfort of their home.
The World Wonders website uses a large number of photographs, 3D animations and videos to depict the sites and their surroundings and also provides teaching material such as lesson plans, presentations and exercises that educators can download for free.
The project was implemented by Google in partnership with UNESCO, the World Monument Fund, Getty Images and Our Place.
The initiative seems like a logical next step after Google’s Art Project, which launched in April to offer a peek at more than 30,000 works of art from the world’s museums. — Afp-Relaxnews