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Google Search Adds 3D Monuments, Including the Parthenon

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A 3D model of the Parthenon is featured in Google’s new augmented reality search results. Credit: Mstyslav Chernov, CC BY-SA 3.0

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 Neuschwanstein Castle St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Alcatraz Island Eiffel Tower Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum St. Paul’s Cathedral
Alhambra Empire State Building One World Trade Center St. Peter’s Basilica
Amazon Theatre Ferry Building Palace of Versailles Statue of Liberty National Monument
Arasaka Imperia Residence Flatiron Building Palace of Westminster Stonehenge
Arc de Triomphe Giotto’s Bell Tower Palais Garnier The Angel of Independence
Aztec Stadium Golden Gate Bridge Palazzo Vecchio The British Museum
Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Japan National Stadium Pantheon The Centre Pompidou
Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence Kaminarimon Gate Panthéon The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella Kensington Palace Parthenon The Painted Ladies
Big Ben La Sagrada Familia Piazza della Signoria The Palace of Fine Arts
Brooklyn Bridge Leaning Tower of Pisa Piazza Navona Tokyo National Museum
Buckingham Palace Les Invalides PIER 39 Tokyo Skytree
Campidogilo square London Eye Pitti Palace Tokyo Tower
Capela Curial de São Francisco de Assis Louvre Museum Placa de Catalunya Tower of London
Castel Sant’Angelo Magic Fountain of Montjuic Ponte Vecchio Trafalgar Square
Castle of Good Hope Meiji Jingu Rhodes Memorial Trevi Fountain
Cathedral of Barcelona Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral Rockefeller Center Union Buildings
Cathedral of Brasilia Monument of the Ninos Heroes Roman Forum Ushiku Building
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore Monument to the Revolution Sacré-Cœur Voortrekker Monument
Cathedrale Norte-Dame de Paris Moses Mabhida Stadium San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge Westminster Abbey
Chapultepec Castle Mount Rushmore National Memorial São Paulo Cathedral Yoyogi National Stadium
Christ the Redeemer Musée d’Orsay Sensō-ji Zojoji
Coit Tower National Museum of Nature and Science = Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Columbus Monument National Palace 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.

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