Paris in 3D

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most popular sights in Google Earth, and it’s had a high-quality 3D model for a few years now. However, the rest of the city has been rather flat — until now.
Google has rolled out extensive 3D building coverage for the city and it looks great! (NOTE from Frank: There are some areas – especially around the Eiffel Tower, where the building models look half-finished. Many of the sides are missing photo-realistic textures. But, hopefully this will inspire people to use Building Maker to finish the models.]


Check out some of the cool sites like the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral or the the Arc de Triomphe.
To simply explore the city for yourself, fly there using this KML file.
To get a quick overview of all of the new places to see in the city, Google has made this video for you to enjoy:

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. such cool technology. Brings back memories from 40 years ago.

  2. Nice detail: there’s a Christmas tree in front of the Notre Dame!
    Merry Christmas to you all!

  3. I can’t afford to go to Paris just yet but with Google earth, its as if I went there already. I love how people can explore different places with Google earth in 3D. This is so great!!! 🙂

  4. Paris is not an available location for Building Maker at the moment. The grey building models have been in Paris for a while, but it looks like they’ve auto-facaded some with StreetView imagery. Neat.

  5. GE 5, which I have to use because GE 6 does not run in Mac OSX 10.4, now shows only the 3D outlines of photo realistic (and grey) buildings, which is a shame in the case of Paris.
    But it is still possible to see the complete absence of high rise buildings in the centre and the lack of waste space like parking lots which helps make Paris such a great urban landscape.

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