Have you dreamt of trekking through Ouadi Qadisha, taking a guided boat tour through the caves of Jeita Grotto, or perhaps walking around the medieval town of Byblos? Well, now you can do just that from the comfort of your desk or tablet, as Google has just unveiled stunning imagery of 41 of Lebanon’s most iconic landmarks.
The global tech giant has announced the launch of Street View Special Collection in Lebanon, a feature on Google Maps that lets users explore places landmarks, natural wonders, and culturally and historically significant sites around the world. “We capture unique places around the world and make them available and accessible for users worldwide,” said Joyce Baz, head of communications for Google in MENA. “We look forward to putting more of Lebanon on Street View for the world to explore the country’s rich heritage and culture.”
To gather the 360-degree imagery, Google Maps used a wearable Street View backpack. The set-up features a camera system on top called a Trekker, designed to go down footpaths, tracks, and narrow pathways to capture photos that uncover natural beauty and unique landscapes around the country. Working closely with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, this is Google Maps’ biggest collection in the Arab world, after the Burj Khalifa in the UAE, the Pyramids in Egypt and Petra in Jordan. The imagery is now available on Google Maps for more than 1 billion users around the world, and can be viewed on g.co/LebanonHighlights.