Close enough to touch with Google’s World Wonders

Google's World Wonders Project

Google's World Wonders Project

You may not be able to afford to travel to even one of the seven wonders of the world, but you can explore more than one hundred and thirty without taking a step outside your living room.

Of course, nothing is the same as actually being there, but while you can’t be everywhere, it appears that Google CAN be. Google’s brand new World Wonders Project uses the same Google Street View technology that allowed us to spy on our own houses with a new perspective, but this time the cameras are mounted on trikes instead of cars, so they can get even closer. The result is a riveting and slightly addictive opportunity to get up close and personal with all kinds of historical sites you never even knew you were interested in. In fact, although you aren’t actually on the spot with these sites, in most places you get a better and closer view than you would ever be able to in person.

The World Wonders Project is part of the efforts of the Google Cultural Institute, which seeks to preserve and promote culturally significant sites and artefacts all over the world. Included with each site is useful educational material, 3D models, videos and other official information for the scholarly or just plain curious. All of this combines to make us even more aware of how obsolete our poor old encyclopaedias have become!

(via Laughing Squid)

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