Google Puts Mexican Historical Sites Online
Google is opening the doorway to history.
At googleartproject.com, the web giant has created panoramic views of famous masterpieces from across the world.
Now, Google and Mexico are building a collection of 30 archaeological sites online.
This initiative will allow users to explore the sites using the Google Maps Street View feature.
Online users can click and drag to explore the virtual spaces. They can see the intricacies of the sites to get close to a structure or a pyramid or see a hallway.
Users can currently visit the Teotihuacan pyramids near Mexico City, the ceremonial centers of Monte Alban, and the palaces and arches of Ek Balam in Yucatan.
Google visited 16 of the 31 states of Mexico.
Most of the virtual tours are in the states of Quintana Roo and Yucatan, the birthplace of Mayan culture.
Under supervision from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History, photos were taken using a tricycle with a panoramic camera.
Google plans to include 90 of 188 archaeological sites in the coming year.
Mexican tourism officials hope the project will bring in more visitors to the archaeological sites.
- Rome Protest Turns Up Heat On New PM Letta
- North Korea Fires Three Short-Range Missiles
- GOP hopes IRS scandal will snag health care law
- Japan Economy on the Road to Recovery
- Assad: Syria transition talks are internal matter
- Suspected US drone in Yemen kills 4 militants
- WHO: Death Toll From New Bird Flu In China Rises To 36
- Former Argentine Dictator Videla Dies In Prison At Age 87
- IMF says Cyprus at risk of even deeper recession
- UN says Syrian refugees top 1.5M