What do the Historic District of Quebec City, Ottawa’s Rideau Canada and Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, have in common with Italy’s Pompeii, the ancient temples in Kyoto and Australia’s Shark Bay?
For one, they’re all amazing sites now being featured in the World Wonders Project, of the Google Cultural Institute.
The search engine giant aims to preserve and promote culture online by brining to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world on the Web. Through the use of a combination of Google applications such as Google Earth, Google Maps, 3D models, user videos from YouTube and photos, people can explore various locations around the world online.
So far the project covers 132 historic sites from 18 countries. Points of interest include Stonehenge, the archaeological areas of Pompeii and the ancient Kyoto temples, the sandy dunes of Australia’s Shark Bay and the rock domes of Yosemite National Park in California.
Google also partnered with various organizations around the world including UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund, Getty Images and Ourplace, who provided official information and photographs for many of the sites.
Google plans to expand its coverage of sites further and to make content more useful to users. For instance, Google Cultural Institute is publishing high resolution images of the Dead Sea Scrolls, digitizing the archives of famous figures such as Nelson Mandela, and presenting thousands of artworks through the Art Project.