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Google High-tech Look at Israel’s Ancient Sites

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Israel Hayom — Users will be able to go on virtual tours of Jerusalem’s Old City and Tel Aviv’s White City, among 132 historical sites from 18 countries • Other sites include England’s Stonehenge, Italy’s Pompeii archaeological digs and Japan’s Kyoto temples.

Google selected the Old City of Jerusalem and the White City of Tel Aviv to be featured on its new platform, the World Wonders Project, launched Thursday morning. The project is presented in six languages, including Hebrew, and is powered by the company’s Street View technology.

Users will be able to go on virtual tours of some 132 historic and heritage sites from 18 countries. Among them are Stonehenge in England, archaeological digs in the Italian city of Pompeii, and the temples of Kyoto in Japan.

Google collaborated with UNESCO, Getty Images, the Ourplace heritage organization and the World Heritage Fund to complete the project. Its goal is to preserve world heritage sites using an array of information technology.

The World Wonders Project is essentially an addition to Google’s Street View service, which launched in Israel last month and is available in 39 countries. It allows “travelers” to take virtual tours of historic neighborhoods and sites with a panoramic street-level view.

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