Google shows cultural sites as explorable 3D models

Google shows cultural sites as explorable 3D models

Google has with Open Heritage presented a new project designed to give users an insight into famous sights in the world. Together with the non-profit organization Cyark, Google has integrated the virtually walk-in 3D models into its own Google Arts & Culture application.

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A total of 25 buildings in 18 countries can be viewed using a browser, smartphones, tablets or a VR headset. The buildings were surveyed with the help of laser scanners and photographed with cameras. Users can not only view the structures from the outside, but also enter and look inside.

Numerous temples and ancient buildings can be explored virtually

The buildings that can be experienced include Chichén Itzá in Mexico, the cliff houses of Mesa Verde in the USA, the Al-Azem Palace in Syria and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The Ananda Ok Kyaung Temple in Myanmar is one of the buildings in the collection that is currently unfeasible in reality.

A 3D model of ancient Corinth (Image: Google)

Cyark captures many buildings against the background that they may not be accessible in the future. The scan allows posterity to at least view the buildings in digital form. The founder of Cyark, Ben Kacyra, founded the organization following the destruction of the Bamiyan statues in Afghanistan by the Taliban.

The buildings of the Open Heritage project can be viewed on a website or through the Google Arts & Culture app. This is available for free for Android and iOS.

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