Google Earth 3D Model Friday

Himeji Castle in Google EarthIt’s been a while since I highlighted 3D models for viewing in Google Earth on a Friday. The Google 3D Warehouse has continued to evolve over the last two years. They now have an excellent way of sharing cool 3D models called “Collections”. Anyone can set up a collection and point to various 3D models already in the warehouse. And, you can rate and comment on the ones you like.
Today I’d like to point out an excellent collection of 3D structures, put together by someone called ‘scarpimp’, which are UNESCO Cultural Heritage sites. Places like the Taj Majal or the Himeji Castle and 50 other UNESCO sites are already in the collection. Many of these buildings are already built in to the 3D Buildings layer of Google Earth. Some, like the Himeji Caslte seen in the screenshot are not well optimized, so they aren’t in the 3D Buildings layer. You can find the locations of these UNESCO sites more quickly by just viewing the 3D Warehouse collection. Hopefully this collection will inspire 3D modelers to create more of the other 500 or so UNESCO sites.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. I just use 3Dmaxs.
    But i have a try about using sketchup.
    The collection is so good.
    Once i saw a model is very wonderful.

  2. I have the Taj Majal set up on my system… very impressive!
    You can actually see some of the ornamental architecture if you zoom really close.
    I came to this blog looking for gps/google earth mashups – do you know any really good resources?

  3. 3D Modeling Outsourcing says:

    These days, anyone can set up a collection and point to various 3D models already in the warehouse.

  4. 3D models is one step forward for google and internet mapping.Thanks to Google.

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