In its never-ending quest to add more locations around the world that you can explore using Google Street View, on Tuesday Google added a new collection of imagery from the very top of the Eiffel Tower. Now, anyone that places the Street View icon over the Eiffel Tower in Google Maps will find themselves standing on the top of the tower, with a stunning 360-degree view of the city. Virtual visitors can also look up at the tower, taking in the historic architecture of the monument itself.
The addition of the Paris monument imagery to Google Street View is only the latest in a series of updates Google has made to the service, providing visitors with opportunities to explore not only streets, but buildings and monuments as well. Other recent additions to Street View included the Diagon Alley movie set at UK Warner Bros. studio, the Parliament of Canada, and the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Past scenic Street View experiences included the Great Barrier Reef, the Amazon Forest, and many other locations around the world.
Google employees captured the imagery by moving the Street View camera on a push-cart along the top two floors of the tower, taking 360-degree photographs along all four sides of the monument. You can walk along the same path along the top of the tower by visiting the Eiffel Tower on Google Maps, and switching to Street View.
The Eiffel tower is known as one of the most popular landmarks in the world, with 7 million visitors a year making their way to the top of the tower. Thanks to Street View, many more visitors can now visit the iconic monument virtually whenever they like.
At the same time as the addition of the new photographs, Google also cooperated with the Eiffel Tower Operating Company to create web-based historic exhibitions telling the story of the Eiffel Tower, including its opening in 1889, its construction, and of course various photographs of Gustave Eiffel himself – the creator of the Eiffel Tower.