Google expands its Special Collections, locations that can be visited through a web browser – featuring a full panoramic view, to show the world the beauty of Egypt.
Archaeological treasures, such as the Pyramids of Giza or the Sphinx, are now available for viewing through Google Street View.
“After collection, the imagery is stitched together to create the 360° panoramic images that allows you to move around and explore locations as if you were there. Apart of publishing this imagery on Google Maps we also use it to improve our maps and make them more accurate, comprehensive and up to date,” explained the Street View team during a Google House event earlier this year in Dubai.
Instead of their famous cars, the Google Street View team used the trekker, a wearable Street View backpack with a camera system on top that is designed to go down footpaths. This technology allows users to experience the tour as if they were present.
“We capture unique places around the world and make them available and accessible for users worldwide. We’re very happy to bring the Pyramids to Google Maps Street View along with five other major historical and archaeological sites in Egypt,” explained Tarek Abdalla, head of marketing for Google Middle East and North Africa in a statement.
Egypt is the third location where Google is stopping to share landscapes and monuments to the world, after Burj Khalifa, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.