Roses is the first city in Spain to get their entire city in 3D for Google Earth. The models are currently the basic gray buildings without textures. But, they are part of the Google Earth 3D Buildings layer. Just search for “Roses, Spain” to see for yourself. Google has a program called Cities in 3D (read more) to help city planners provide Google with data so their cities can be included in the layer. The program was just expanded to several European countries (including Spain) in early June. According to GEB reader Albert Garcia, they are also working to add SketchUp models with photo-textures for Roses.
Google has dozens of cities now where a large percentage of the urban area is modeled in 3D (more in the US than any other country at the moment). Here is a list of some cities in Europe where most of the city is in 3D: Zurich, Munich, Amsterdam, Hamburg, and Westport in Ireland. Berlin also has a huge 3D collection they created themselves, but it’s not part of the built-in GE layer. Similarly, Dresden in Germany also did their own layer which is not yet part of the built-in layer. And, let’s not forget, probably the most 3D data available for any country is in Japan. Nearly every structure for several major cities is rendered if you turn on the 3D Buildings layer and visit cities in Japan.
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.
Marc B. says
Roses, Catalonia, (at the moment) Spain
Jim Davis says
Can’t wait for delivery of roses and flowers
Catalonia is not (or shouldn’t be) Spain!!
Por desgracia para el resto de los españoles, Cataluña sigue siendo parte de España
Roses IS in Spain, and Catalonia is part of Spain, of course. Some of you need a geography lesson. Nacionalistas incluidos. JA!
John Miles says
Catalonia was Aragon kingdom’s part. Aragon jointed with Castilian, for the Catolics Kings’s marriage. This is the history. The rest is inventions.
Catalonia is Spain since 1492, scatterbrains.
Spaniard in Dublin says
Catalonia is not in the UN. Catalonia doesn’t issue passports. Catalonias don’t have an ID different from the rest of the citizens of Spain. Catalonia is not a country but a very rich group of provinces in Spain.
Anything else is some fascist’s dreams, and normal people nightmares.
Spanish coastline northeast of Barcelona got new images
Catalonia is not spain, Spain is a state oppressor.
Dejad las discusiones político/geográficas a un lado y pensad qlo triste que es que sólo tengamos una ciudad en 3D cuando muchas capitales de la Unión Europea tienen ya muchas…
A ver cuando sale Madrid o Valencia, que eso sí sería interesante.
Real Estate Roses says
Nice, I see forward for the next cities to appear in 3D,