Google Street View launches Lebanon collection

The special collection includes 41 of the country's most iconic landmarks and culturally significant sites
Google Street View launches Lebanon collection
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Wed 12 Sep 2018 11:32 AM

Google has announced a “special collection” in Lebanon that will allow users to explore 41 of the country’s most iconic landmarks and culturally significant sites, it was announced on Wednesday.

The imagery – which is now available on Google Maps – was collected using Google’s ‘Trekker’, a wearable Street View backpack with a camera system, allowing Google to access footpaths, tracks and narrow pathways.

The 41 sites include heritage sites such as the Jeita Grotto, Baalbek & Temple of Jupiter and National Museum of Beirut, as well as natural sites such as the Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve, Rock of Raouche and Baatara Waterfall.

The Google team also explored a number of Lebanon’s universities, including the American University of Beirut (AUB), Beirut Arab University and Saint Joseph.

“We’re happy to announce that we’ve collected panoramic imagery of the most unique landmarks in Lebanon with a Street View Trekker,” said Joyce Baz, head of communications for Google in MENA. “We capture unique places around the world and make them available and accessible to users worldwide. We look forward to putting more of Lebanon on Street View for the world to explore the country’s rich heritage and culture.”

Google Maps’ Street View function was first launched in 2007 and today covers thousands of cities around the world, and also includes 360-degree imagery of theme parks, university campuses, pedestrian malls, landmarks and zoos.

The Lebanon collected can be viewed on g.co/LebanonHighlights.

Lebanon is the latest addition to a series of Street View Special Collection in MENA, such as  Petra in Jordan, Amphitheatre of El Jem in Tunisia, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque & Liwa Desert in Abu Dhabi,and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Street View is currently available in 10 Arab cities including Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al-Quwain, Fujairah, Tunis, Ramallah, Bethlehem & Jericho.

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Last Updated: Wed 12 Sep 2018 12:45 PM GST

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