Google Earth is creating a beautiful 3D world

When Google Earth was first released in 2005, people were amazed at the ability to view the entire planet in 3D. Of course, there really wasn’t much 3D on the surface of the globe other than terrain and some gray buildings.
In early 2007, they released Google Earth 4, which included support for photo textured buildings and recently we saw the release of Google Earth 6, which saw the addition of 3D trees.
As a result of those improvements, along with the work of many talented modelers, there are often new stunning features we discover in Google Earth such as the interior model by ‘PeterG’ and the model of The Church of the Nativity of Our Lady by Semenov Nikolay.
Today we have a few new ones for you.
First we have the Leshan Giant Buddha, located in Sichuan, China. The model is stunningly detailed, and can be found in the 3D Warehouse here or you can fly there using this KML file. Frank discovered this one while cruising around in Google Earth, and it’s a beautiful structure.


Also, we wanted to highlight the work of Zeljko Zdravkovic, who has published over 500 models in the city of Belgrade! The Google SketchUp Blog did a nice story about Zeljko, and I encourage you to check it out.
For more, you can see all of Zeljko’s 3D Warehouse models, fly to Belgrade using this KML file, or watch the short video below:

What is your favorite 3D building on the globe right now?

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Unfortunately, the youtube video is not available for german GE users due to copyright protected content of Sony Music Entertainment. Too Bad!

  2. Why can’t Google/Youtube mute the audio instead of blocking the video ???

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