Google Street View Now Includes Greece for First Time
Earlier this month, Google unveiled images of the 12 stadiums where the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament is being played through July 13. The images give soccer-crazy fans around the globe a chance to get close-up looks at the venues where the games are being decided in the Brazilian cities of Salvador, Brasilia, Manaus, Recife, Natal, Cuiaba, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba and Porto Alegre. In April 2014, Street View images were posted of one of the most beautiful, grand and opulent opera houses in Europe, the Palais Garnier in Paris, which has been hosting performances since it opened in 1875. The images portray the exquisite details of the 11-story, 1,979-seat opera house, which is the setting of the classic story, The Phantom of the Opera.Images from India's Taj Mahal were unveiled on Street View in February, along with images of some 29 other important architectural treasures in India. Earlier in February, Street View expanded its coverage of Russia just in time for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, adding new images for Vladivostok, Yakutsk, Irkutsk and Sochi. Google Street View cars traveled more than 186,000 miles in Russia during 2013 to capture the newly added images. In December 2013, Street View added images of Venice, Italy, to its collections, featuring lovely images of the city of canals, water, and beautiful and historic architecture. In October 2013, Street View cameras began capturing the emotional power of thousands of military graves at Virginia's Arlington National Cemetery, as well as the first-ever Street View images from the African nation of Swaziland. The huge and amazing physics laboratories and research areas at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland, were captured by Street View cameras and released in September 2013, providing spectacular photographic images of the massive facility. Included in the online photo tour are images of the 16.7-mile-long Large Hadron Collider, which is the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator used for scientific research, according to CERN. The collider began operating in 2008. In August 2013, Street View released images of some of the world's most spectacular zoos and wildlife parks so that online viewers can see a wide assortment of wild animals from around the world right on their own computers and mobile devices. Using Street View, online visitors can now see panda bears eating bamboo plants and tumbling around the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China, where more than 30 percent of this endangered species lives in a conservation and breeding facility. The new Street View images also include other animal parks around the world, including the San Diego Zoo, as well as zoos in Houston, Atlanta and Chicago in North America.
In March 2014, Street View released spectacular images of the Colorado River and its travails through the Grand Canyon and other natural land on its 1,450-mile course from Colorado to Mexico. Also in March, Street View images of the spectacular scenery in Hawaii were unveiled, showcasing the wide variety of vistas that visitors to and residents of Hawaii get to enjoy.