Augmented Reality (AR) was added to the popular search engine Google a few years ago. It first launched the popular 3D animals, then dinosaurs, cars, or athletes from the last Olympics, among other objects that we can add in our living room and see from any angle with the smartphone.

Google is now bringing landmarks and monuments to you in augmented reality. Google’s Arts & Culture team has added 3D virtual tours of iconic landmarks to its Search product, including important monuments like Tokyo Tower, Santa Croce, and Santa Maria Novella basilicas in Florence, and the Union Buildings in South Africa. In total Google has added augmented reality for around 98 monuments globally.

Like all AR objects in Google Search, these 3D monuments start with a rotating model that can be zoomed into. The AR viewing in Google search differs from Google Earth as it allows users to place all the 3D monuments in your environment.

The 3D models are built using 3D data from Google Earth and displayed via ModelViewer, Google’s protocol for handling 3D and AR content on the web.

“Not only will you be able to navigate smoothly to each stop of the tour but objects along the way can also be viewed in AR,” wrote Florent Robineau and Joe Shepherd, tech lead and associate product manager, respectively, at Google Arts & Culture on the company’s website.

You can find all 98 3D monuments by searching on Android or iOS and then scrolling through the Knowledge Panel until you find the “View in 3D” card. There are quite a few different panels with the AR model ultimately becoming just another tool. Google Arts & Culture has previously brought 3D models of historic sites like Chauvet Cave, but those were recreated using 3D scanning. The latest treasure trove lacks high fidelity, but we’re also dealing with much more massive structures where 3D scanning would be a Herculean feat.

Google’s augmented reality is only supported on ARCore-enabled devices. Currently, most devices launched in the past year are compatible with this technology.

The full list of compatible monuments is as follows:

  • Westminster Abbey
  • Conservatory of Flowers
  • British Museum London
  • Catalonia Square
  • Alhambra
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Niteroi Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Place du Capitole
  • Arc de Triomphe in Paris
  • Painted Ladies
  • Louvre Museum
  • Place de la Seigneurie
  • Basilica of Guadalupe
  • Flatiron Building
  • Metropolitan Art Museum
  • Trafalgar square
  • Basilica of the Holy Family
  • The Angel of Independence
  • National Science Museum of Japan
  • Piazza Navona
  • Basilica of the Holy Cross
  • Empire State Building
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • Old bridge
  • Basilica of San Pedro
  • Aztec stage
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Brooklyn bridge
  • Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
  • Moses Mabhida Status
  • Neuschwanstein
  • Bay bridge
  • Basilica of the Sacred Heart
  • Columbus statue
  • London Eye
  • Rhodes Memorial
  • Big ben
  • Statue of Liberty
  • One World Trade Center
  • Rockefeller center
  • Giotto’s bell tower
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Garnier opera
  • Meiji Shrine
  • Castle of Good Hope
  • roman forum
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Sense-Ji
  • Chapultepec Castle
  • Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Stonehenge
  • Sant’Angelo Castle
  • Yoyogi National Gymnasium
  • Kensington Palace
  • Amazon Theater
  • Barcelona cathedral
  • the golden gate bridge
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Zojoji temple
  • Brasilia Cathedral
  • Church of San Francisco de Asís
  • Palace of Westminster
  • Tokyo Sky Tree
  • Notre-Dame cathedral
  • Alcatraz Island
  • National palace
  • Torre coit
  • New York Cathedral
  • invalid
  • Pitti Palace
  • Tower of London
  • St Paul’s Cathedral in London
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Vecchio Palace
  • Pisa tower
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Monument to the hero children
  • A Parisian pantheon
  • Tokyo Tower
  • Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Monument to the pioneer
  • Pantheon in Rome
  • Eiffel Tower
  • São Paulo Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Monument to the Revolution
  • Parthenon
  • Ushiku Daibutsu
  • National Center of Art and Culture Georges Pompidou
  • Orsay Museum
  • Pier 39


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