Tuesday 12 November 2019

Google goes off the beaten track and ventures inside historic sites

The Google Trekker camera for Street View
The Google Trekker camera for Street View
National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin
National Concert Hall
St Patrick's Cathedral on Google Street View
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Good news for couch potatoes who want to see the world without venturing further than their front door.

Google Street View has unveiled a selection of shiny new images which allow users to take virtual tours of iconic Irish sites including Christ Church Cathedral, Leitrim's Parke's Castle and the Aviva Stadium.

Pictures of the various locations were taken during the summer of 2014 using the 'Google Trekker' - a four foot, 40lbs backpack fitted with a 15 angle lens camera.

The camera takes 360 degree pictures at 2.5 seconds intervals and aims to capture those cultural nooks and crannies the 'Street View Car' can't reach.

As a result, members of the public will be able to take a look around the aisles of Christ Church Cathedral and duck into the atmospheric crypt - on their iPhone or Android.

Historians can mosey around County Clare's Ennis Friary, or the impressive megalithic burial grounds of Loughcrew, all while sitting in front of a computer screen.

And rugby fans can wander underneath the stands at the Aviva Stadium before strolling onto the pitch via their tablet.

The picturesque National Botanic Gardens in Kilmacurragh are also captured on film, as are many of Dublin's leafy parks.

St Patrick's Park, Herbert Park and St Anne's Park in Raheny were all photographed in detail when rose buds were blooming, which should help to ease those dreary January Blues.

Irish Independent

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