New Internet Service to Explore Egypt’s Heritage

Google has launched a project that allows internet users to tour Egypt virtually. The virtual tourism project began as an experiment in 2007.

The tour can begin from Cairo’s Great Sphinx of Giza, the mystical creature of a lion’s body and human’s head, and take you to Alexandria’s six-century-old Citadel of Qaitbay. You can also view St Catherine Monastery From the hill.

The virtual tour also covers Egypt’s oldest churches and other famous landmarks.

Google’s Street View images are images taken through sending live camera operators to capture the 360-degree images on foot. Google captures most of its images by cameras on set atop of Street View cars.

“The Street View team faced exceptional challenges over the 10 days they spent using the Trekker in Egypt, carrying the heavy rigs through the desert during the height of summer where the heat tested the limits of both the cameras and the team members carrying them,” according to a Time Magazine article.

Egyptian Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou commented that this project will promote tourism in Egypt, “as it will provide an attraction to the increasing number of internet users,” in a statement on the state-owned Akhbar Misr website.

Zaazou added that 30 percent of two billion people who use the internet for traveling purposes.

The service provided by Google maps covers until now more than 7.2 million miles across more than 59 countries that include India, Brazil, London and Vienna.

Source : Aswat Masriya