Google View from the street 15 years old now
In 2007, Google revolutionized with the creation of Google View from the street, the first images posted on the virtual imaging platform from San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, Miami and Denver. Since, View from the street cars, equipped with special panoramic cameras, have captured and shared more than 220 billion images in View from the street and traveled more than 10 million miles, the equivalent of more than 400 orbits around the globe! However, the streets do not exhaust the possibilities of the platform – photos are taken of cultural monuments, of the interior of buildings of cultural and historical significance, spatial shots and even those of the depths of the ocean.
On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the View from the street service, Google sharing data on the most visited and attractive sites Pitches around the world that users have searched for in the past year, including Bulgarian landmarks and tourist destinations.
Bulgaria is ranked 46th among the most visited countries in Google View from the street in 2021, just between Sri Lanka and South Korea. The ranking is dominated by Indonesia, the United States and Japan, followed by Mexico and Brazil in 4th and 5th place respectively. The last positions of the Top 100 are occupied by Uzbekistan (98), the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (99), one of the most popular holiday destinations for Bulgarians – the Maldives – ranks 100th.
And here are the top 10 of the most visited and explored View from the street cities around the world over the past year:
1. Jakarta, Indonesia
2. Tokyo, Japan
3. Mexico City, Mexico
4. Sao Paulo, Brazil
5. Buenos Aires, Argentina
6. New York, USA
7. Istanbul, Turkey
8. Taipei, Taiwan
9. Paris, France
10. Osaka, Japan
As for the most visited world monuments in View from the street for the period April 2021 – April 2022, Bulgaria is present in the Top 500, since the cathedral “Saint-Alexandre Nevski” of the capital ranks 439th. Last year’s ranking was dominated by the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates (1st), the emblematic Eiffel Tower in Paris (2nd) and a special collection of photos of the Taj Mahal in India (3rd). Places traditionally visited in the world are ranked lower than the cathedral of Saint Alexander Nevskyfor example Lenin’s Mausoleum in Red Square (445th place), Westminster Abbey (460th place), Dolmabahçe Palace (461st place) or the Palace Museum of the Forbidden City in Beijing (496th place).
Here are the ten most visited attractions in the world:
1. Burj Khalifa – United Arab Emirates
2. The Eiffel Tower – France
3. Taj Mahal – India
4. The Statue of Liberty – United States
5. The statue of Christ the Redeemer – Brazil
6. The Rhyolite Labyrinth – USA
7. Giza Necropolis – Egypt
8. The White House – United States
9. The Colosseum – Italy
10. Jakarta National Monument – Indonesia
What are the most visited sites in Bulgaria? Here are the top 10 of the past year:
1. St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia
2. Hagia Sophia
3. Troy Monastery
4. Rila Monastery
5. Action Aquapark in Sozopol
6. St Nedelya Church in Sofia
7. Cape Kaliakra
8. Central Bus Station – Sofia
9. The Church of the Holy Trinity in Bansko
10. The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin in Samokov
Interest in museums has also increased over the past year. And while some of the world’s most popular, such as the Louvre in France, Osaka Castle in Japan, and the Anne Frank House in the Netherlands, occupy the leading positions expected in the respective countries, in Portugal, most popular among those seen in View from the street is CR7 – the museum of Cristiano Ronaldo in the football legend’s birthplace Funchal, Madeira.
In Bulgaria, the first place is occupied by the Church-Museum of Boyana. And here is the ranking of the 10 most visited museums in Bulgaria:
1. Boyana Church in Sofia
2. The Museum of Illusions in Sofia
3. The National Museum of Natural History in Sofia
4.Mini Bulgaria Veliko Tarnovo Park
5. The Salt Museum in Pomorie
6. Museum “Kakrinsko Hip” in Kakrina, municipality of Lovech
7. Museum in Sofia
8. “Christ Pantocrator” Church-Museum in Nessebar
9. The Rose Museum in Kazanlak
10. Open-air ethnographic museum “Etar” in Gabrovo
The Google Maps View from the street feature was launched in Bulgaria in 2013, and many new Pitches and benchmarks have since been added to ensure the best possible user experience. Options have been added, such as visiting places inaccessible to cars, such as pedestrian zones or mountain peaks, comfortably seated at home. The first update of View from the street it’s in 2018 and since Google View from the street car tours Bulgaria almost every year to reflect the development of urban infrastructure and rural roads and sites.
To celebrate its 15th anniversary, Google View from the street added four new collections for you to see on your next View from the street travel:
- The pyramids of Meroe in Sudan: Thanks to new panoramic images, you can see the ancient pyramids, which house the tombs of the kings and queens of the kingdom of Cush.
- Milan Cathedral: The Duomo is the largest in Italy and the third largest cathedral in Europe, offering the opportunity to enjoy one of the best views of Milan! From now on, everyone can go behind the scenes of this architectural and cultural treasure, thanks to the images provided with the support of Google Arts & Culture and Milan Cathedral.
- The disabled: Before the construction of the Eiffel Tower, the golden dome of Les Invalides was the highest point in Paris. The new images of the historic buildings of the so-called Maison des Handicapés make it possible to discover museums and monuments and to learn more about the military history of France through a virtual visit.
- Sydney Ferries in Australia: Sydney’s iconic ferries will be digitally immortalized, thanks to a collaboration between Google and the New South Wales Transport Agency. This collection of panoramas will be available for viewing in View from the street later this year, so people around the world can take a virtual Sydney Ferry Tour and embark on a journey along the city’s beautiful coastline.
Here are some of the most impressive shots from View from the streetselected by Google
Are you afraid to visit an active volcano? A Google a user from New Zealand made this so you don’t have to – at the crater of the Marum volcano on the island of Ambrym in the New Hebrides of the Pacific.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland is a UNESCO site with galleries in which all decorative elements are made of salt.
Petra, does Jordan sound familiar to you? This real “setting” is present in a number of famous films, including “Aladdin”, “The Mummy Returns”, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and “Transformers: Revenge”.
Thanks to Googlecollaboration with NASA, View from the street users can experience what it’s like to be an astronaut by “visiting” the international space station.
Dive into the Pacific Ocean and swim with sea lions off the Galapagos Islands.
Google prides itself on being able to capture so many wonders, stories and extraordinary objects and phenomena of the View from the street world. However, this would not have been possible without the contribution of users around the world who take and share their View from the street pictures. To facilitate this collaborative exploration and world capture, Google threw View from the street Studio, a new platform with all the tools you need to quickly publish single or full 360 images. To learn more, visit the Google Blog.
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