It’s awesome to see Google getting involved with the World Wonders Project, especially as 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.
At the start of the year, I made it a personal goal to add to the 220 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List that I’ve already visited and share more of my travel photos from them with the online community.
In the weeks and months ahead, I also hope to be adding more of these cultural sites to the New Travel Notes Travel Blog.
Just last week we visited a few of the Swiss ‘Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps’ collection and France’s ‘Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains to Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans’.
Blessed with great weather, I’m hoping for some stunning photographs when I finally get around to editing them.
The World Wonders Project by Google
Not all of us are fortunate enough to travel to these wonderful places around the world, and even those of us who do make it our life’s work to travel can’t get to see everything in a lifetime; but it’s still worth adding them all to the list.
Well, some are more worth visiting than others.
Google’s newly announced World Wonders Project stems from the Google Cultural Institute, which aims to help preserve and promote culture online – think Art Project (the world’s art at your fingertips); Dead Sea Scrolls (digitizing the biblical manuscripts); La France en relief (detailed relief maps into 3D models); Le Pavillon de l’Arsenal (Paris and how its architecture will look in 2020); Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (presenting Nelson Mandela’s legacy online); and Yad Vashem (commemoration of the Holocaust).
With the help of Street View technology, the World Wonders Project takes you on a on a virtual tour of (currently) 132 historic sites in 18 countries. The famous Google camera-mounted cars couldn’t access all of these sites, so special trikes were made to get in close.
To complement the project, there’s also a World Wonders video channel on YouTube.
Google’s goal is to go to every park, every museum, every world wonder out there and make it available to Internet users.