MUST SEE: Google World Wonders Project


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The World Wonders Project enables you to discover 132 historic sites from 18 countries, including Stonehenge, the archaeological areas of Pompeii and the ancient Kyoto temples. In addition to man-made sites, you can explore natural places: wander the sandy dunes of Australia’s Shark Bay or gaze up at the rock domes of Yosemite National Park in California.

World Wonders uses Street View technology to take you on a virtual trip to each iconic site. Most could not be filmed by car, so Google claimed to used camera-carrying trikes to pedal their way close enough. The site also includes 3D models and YouTube videos of the historical places, so you can dig in and get more information and a broader view of each site. Google also partnered with several prestigious organizations, including UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund, Getty Images and Ourplace, who provided official information and photographs for many of the sites.


Palace and Park of Versailles | Location: Versailles, France, Europe

Ancient Kyoto: Tenryū-ji Temple | Location: Kyoto, Japan, Asia

Three Castles, Bellinzona | Location: Bellinzona, Switzerland, Europe

Historic Center of Prague | Location: Prague, Czech Republic, Europe

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew | Location: Kew, United Kingdom, Europe

Church Village of Gammelstad, Luleå | Location: Luleå, Sweden, Europe

Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama | Location: Shirakawa-go, Japan, Asia

Ancient Nara: Toshodai-ji Temple | Location: Nara, Japan, Asia

Historic Fortified Town of Campeche | Location: Campeche, Mexico, North America

Dorset and East Devon Coast | Location: Devon, United Kingdom, Europe

Rideau Canal, Ontario | Location: Canada, North America

Old City of Salamanca | Location: Salamanca, Spain, Europe

Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct | Location: Segovia, Spain, Europe

Shark Bay | Location: Australia, Australia

Archaeological Areas of Pompei | Location: Pompei, Italy, Europe

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