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Thanks to the partnership with the World Heritage Centre, internet users can visit many World Heritage properties via Google’s World Wonders Project. Other sites from the List can be viewed on Google Street View, Google Earth, and Google Maps.
Sites of outstanding universal value inscribed on the World Heritage List -- the Palace of Versailles in France, the historic centre of Prague in the Czech Republic and the old town of Cáceres in Spain -- can now be explored online by internet users around the world, thanks to an alliance signed by UNESCO and Google. The agreement makes it possible for Internet users to visit many of the 962 World Heritage properties via Google's Street View. The sites are located in Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. Street View provides nearly spherical panoramic (360° horizontal and 290° vertical) views taken by cameras mounted on vehicles, bicycles, or sometimes even carried by people. Once obtained, these images are overlaid on Google Maps' satellite views -- the process can take several months. Internet users can visit many World Heritage properties via Google’s World Wonders Project. Other sites from the List can be viewed on Google Street View, Google Earth, and Google Maps.
"The alliance with Google makes it possible to offer virtual visits of the sites to everyone, to increase awareness and to encourage participation in the preservation of these treasures."
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
"Cultural and natural heritage sites are an irreplaceable source of inspiration and fascination. This is an exciting project and we're thrilled to be working with UNESCO to make more World Heritage sites universally accessible and useful to all."
Amit Sood, Director, Google Cultural Institute
- Google and UNESCO announce alliance to provide virtual visits of several World Heritage sites Thursday, December 3, 2009