Google announced this week that it has begun collecting digital images for a Jerusalem version of its popular Street View feature in Google Maps and Google Earth. Over the course of the next several weeks, Google will travel street by street through Jerusalem, including the Old City, taking panaromic, street-level images of both its modern neighborhoods and its many historic and cultural sites. Once they are included in Street View, the images will enable users to navigate through the Holy City as if they were there in person.
“Jerusalem is a major site of pilgrimage for all three major world religions, and Israel’s cultural and historical heritage touches the lives of billions of people around the world,” said Google Israel managing director Meir Brand. “In a few months time, when the Street View imagery becomes available online, Israel will be on the digital map—and the whole world will be able to see and experience its unique character.”