Virtual Tourism

Virtual tourism, google maps mashup, google video

Csontvary Museum, Pecs

The Csontvary Museum was established in 1973 on the basis of artist Gedeon Gerloczy's collection. The building itself was built at the turn of the last century.

Most of the oeuvre of this great painter can be admired here. The museum features over 100 pictures from 15 years of artwork from Gerloczy.

View a video of the Csontvary Museum on Google Maps

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National Theatre, Pecs, Hungary

In the 1880's the Pecs' city council set up a committee to coordinate the planning of a new theatre. The design competition was won by Adolf Lang and Adolf Steinhardt. The first performance in the new theatre was held on 5 October 1895 with the play Bánk bán.

The theatre was nationalized between 1949 and 1989. The chamber theatre was opened, which was transformed to a children's theatre in 1965. After the theatre building's deterioration worsened in the middle of the 1980s, a 5 year long reconstruction started in 1986, equipping the theatre with a modern orchestra pit and new machinery.

View a video of the National Theatre, Pecs on Google Maps

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Star Viewer map

I've added a new video to the Star Viewer map. The video is the latest from the always excellent Hubblecast series and shows a spectacular view of M66.

M66 is the largest player of the Leo Triplet, and a galaxy with an unusual anatomy: it displays asymmetric spiral arms and an apparently displaced core. The peculiar anatomy is most likely caused by the gravitational pull of the other two members of the trio.


World Cup Stadia

I was checking out the 2010 South Africa World Cup venues in Google Maps today and noticed that most of the new stadium now appear in Google Maps Aerial View.

I have quickly thrown together a Google Map that lets you view the new aerial (bird's eye) view imagery of each stadium alongside a video of the same stadium from YouTube.

Forgive the look of the page, I literally threw it together in 30 minutes, but I think it works OK. When Google releases the Street View imagery for South Africa (which I'm guessing will be in the next few weeks) I'll add the Street Views for each stadium as well.

View the World Cup Stadia with Google Maps


The Three Pagodas

The Three Pagodas are an ensemble of three independent pagodas arranged on the corners of a equilateral triangle, near the town of Dali, Yunnan province, China, dating from the time of the Nanzhao kingdom and Kingdom of Dali.

The Three Pagodas are located about 1.5 km (0.9 miles) north of scenic Dali, Yunnan province. They are at the east foot of the tenth peak of the massive Cangshan Mountains and face the west shore of the Erhai Lake of the ancient Dali town.

View a video of The Three Pagodas on Google Maps