Virtual Tourism

Virtual tourism, google maps mashup, google video

The World, Dubai

the worldThe World is a man-made archipelago of 300 islands constructed in the shape of a world map and located 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The World is one of several artificial island projects being constructed in Dubai, others being the Palm Islands.

Like the other artificial island projects, The World is built primarily using sand dredged from the sea. It was developed by Nakheel Properties and was originally conceived by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.

View a video of The World on Google Maps

View a video of Palm Island on Google Maps

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Qutub Minar, Delhi

Qutub MinarQutub Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world, and an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. The tower is in the Qutb complex at Mehrauli in South Delhi, India. The Qutub Minar and its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Qutub Minar is 72 meters high (237.8 ft) with 379 steps leading to the top. The diameter of the base is 14.3 meters wide while the top floor measures 2.75 meters in diameter. Surrounding the building are many fine examples of Indian artwork from the time it was built in 1193. A second tower was in construction and planned to be taller than the Qutub Minar itself. Its construction ended abruptly when it was about 12 meters tall.The name of this tower is given as Alau Minar and construction of the same ended due to the death of the Sultan, Alauddin Khilji.

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View a video of Qutub Minar on Google Maps

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Olympic Map and Crime Map Updates

I've updated the London Teen Murder Map to include the 23rd teenager to have been killed in the capital this year.

On a nicer subject I've also added the Olympics Marathon route to the Beijing Olympics Map. This means that you can follow the route in glorious 3D and not even break a sweat.

The White House, Washington DC

The White HouseIn the past I've never been able to find a decent video of The White House but now I have finally found one.

The White House is of course the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. Built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia sandstone in the late Georgian style, it has been the executive residence of every U.S. President since John Adams.

When Thomas Jefferson moved into the home in 1801, he, with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, expanded the building outward, creating two colonnades which were meant to conceal stables and storage.

View a video of The White House on Google Maps

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Ramsay Street

The release of street view in Australia included an image of Ramsay Street. This fictional street (actually called Pin Oak Ct) is the home of Neighbours, an Australian soap. I've used Ramsay Street as the basis of a 360 degree tour.

Click here to view the tour.

I also put together a collection of street views from Australia: Street View of Australia

The Roman Baths, Bath

The Roman Baths complex is a site of historical interest in the English city of Bath. The complex is a very well-preserved Roman site of public bathing. The Roman Baths themselves are below the modern street level and has four main features, the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the Museum holding finds from Roman Bath. The buildings above street level date from the 19th century.

The Baths are a major tourist attraction and, together with the Pump Room, receive more than one million visitors a year. It was featured on the 2005 TV programme Seven Natural Wonders as one of the wonders of the West Country. Visitors can see the Baths and Museum but cannot enter the water.

View a video of the Roman Baths on Google Maps

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