Google unveils the World Wonders Project

There are a lot of amazing sites around the world, and thanks to Google’s various technologies such as Street View and Google Earth they’re easier to explore than ever. Google has now taken 132 historic sites from around the world and put them together into a single showcase called the World Wonders Project.


The project covers major sites that we all know about, such as Stonehenge and Pompeii, and also covers lesser-known sites that are quite amazing, such as the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama. This video shows a bit more about how it works:

The sites all include Street View imagery (much of which was captured using a Street View Trike), photos, videos, and 3D models in Google Earth.
I wasn’t able to find a KML file to simply view the locations and 3D models in Google Earth, but I expect someone will create one at some point. In the meantime, check out the full World Wonders Project for yourself, or learn more at this blog post on the Official Google Blog.

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. I can’t find a way to move around the imagery, except from a static position, or go to full screen, as in Street View, so unless I’ve missed something, I’ll stick to doing my explorations via GE which I think would apply to most GEB readers.

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