Google has added 3D monuments to its search results, including the Parthenon in Athens. The search engine has started incorporating augmented reality (AR) objects into its Google Search feature, which shows results in 3D for space, science and athletes, and animals — and now, popular monuments across the globe.
Google’s view of the 3D monuments allows users to rotate the landmarks and zoom into their details. Users also have the option to overlay a monument into their space with their camera lens using the “View in 3D” option.
The feature allows you to take pictures and videos with the 3D-rendered monuments. The Parthenon — one of Greece’s most culturally significant landmarks — is available as a 3D object. The Parthenon is an ancient temple located in the Athenian Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
The site was originally dedicated to the worship of the goddess Athena and was once filled and decorated with sculptures that were famously removed from the site by Lord Elgin in the 19th century.
Here is a complete list of world monuments you can explore in 3D with Google’s new feature:
|Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel
|Conservatory of Flowers
|St. Patrick’s Cathedral
|Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum
|St. Paul’s Cathedral
|Empire State Building
|One World Trade Center
|St. Peter’s Basilica
|Palace of Versailles
|Statue of Liberty National Monument
|Arasaka Imperia Residence
|Palace of Westminster
|Arc de Triomphe
|Giotto’s Bell Tower
|The Angel of Independence
|Golden Gate Bridge
|The British Museum
|Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
|Japan National Stadium
|The Centre Pompidou
|Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence
|The Metropolitan Museum of Art
|Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
|The Painted Ladies
|La Sagrada Familia
|Piazza della Signoria
|The Palace of Fine Arts
|Leaning Tower of Pisa
|Tokyo National Museum
|Capela Curial de São Francisco de Assis
|Placa de Catalunya
|Tower of London
|Magic Fountain of Montjuic
|Castle of Good Hope
|Cathedral of Barcelona
|Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral
|Cathedral of Brasilia
|Monument of the Ninos Heroes
|Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
|Monument to the Revolution
|Cathedrale Norte-Dame de Paris
|Moses Mabhida Stadium
|San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge
|Mount Rushmore National Memorial
|São Paulo Cathedral
|Yoyogi National Stadium
|Christ the Redeemer
|National Museum of Nature and Science =
|Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
|Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple
The Parthenon’s design eccentricities are strengths
The Parthenon is one of the most iconic structures in the history of Western civilization. It stands in splendor on Acropolis Hill in Athens, and has stood like that for an astounding 2,500 years. Experts believe that the ingenuity of the Parthenon’s construction has allowed it to miraculously survive the ravages of time, nature — and mankind.
For decades, engineers, architects and scientists have wondered exactly how this ingenious structure has successfully stood the test of time to continue to tower majestically over the Greek capital.
This architectural and engineering wonder, with its height, width and depth defining the very concept of perfect proportion, has kept its secrets for many centuries since its completion in the year 438 BC. That is, until engineers and architects recently revealed the Parthenon’s design and construction secrets.
Several studies have found that despite the fact that the temple of the Parthenon does not even have a foundation it has triple anti-seismic protection which is responsible for keeping it upright after the many earthquakes and upheavals of the past 25 centuries.
According to civil engineer Niki Timotheou, studies of its architectural and structural form have shown that the Ancients had already discovered what we today call “seismic insulation.”
The temple, according to Timotheou, successfully contradicts all theories of modern civil engineering because even though it has no foundation whatsoever, and stands right on bedrock, it has three different means of insulating itself against earthquakes.