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Explore Historic Sites from the Comfort of Your Desktop with Google’s ‘World Wonders Project’

Have you always wanted to explore historic sites across the world but lack the extra time and/or funds to do so? Then take heart! Now you can visit historic sites to your heart’s content from home with Google’s ‘World Wonders Project’.

Note: The screenshot shown above is from the ‘Archaeological Areas of Pompei’ site.

You can explore exotic locations such as Pompei, the Palace and Park of Versailles, Shark Bay, the Tenryu-ji-Temple in Ancient Kyoto, and more.

The World Wonders Project Homepage

The World Wonders Project YouTube Channel

Explore historic sites with the World Wonders Project [Official Google Blog]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 06/1/12

Comments (2)

  1. infmom

    You can also take a virtual tour of the ground floor of the White House.

  2. TheFu

    These photos mean much more **after** we visit these places. Missing are the sounds, language, smells, breeze, vendors, foods, pick pockets, and other tourists. We also miss the little back streets with interesting people, stores, just a block or two away and the effort to walk up 26 stories of steps to the top of El Duomo on a clear, sunny, morning. The crazy taxi rides and the overall adventure of travel in different countries is lacking as well.

    I look forward to more coverage for the most amazing 1,000 places on Earth.

    Spent a few days in Florence a few months ago – AMAZING place. The virtual tour of “Piazza del Duomo” brought memories back. Virtual trips to other world locations will do the same, but without the memory, they aren’t nearly as amazing. Perhaps just 5-10% as cool as actually going there.

    The Prague coverage seemed to miss the places everyone sees … Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, and Church of our Lady before Tyn. These are walking areas in Prague, no cars allowed.

    Perhaps only places where driving is allowed can be included?

    No Chinese sites – not even in/around Hong Kong? The Big Buddha would be cool. Walking up the 240 steps to the top is a necessary part of the experience.
    The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is also amazing. I don’t know the number of steps, but the winding pathway was filled with unique Buddhas on both sides. It was much longer than the steps at the Big Buddha.

    I look forward to many non-drivable sites being shown. Iguazu Falls, Argentina for example. I can’t imagine any photo doing it justice.

    **Nothing replaces travel.**

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