Queen Rania was happy to announce the news that now Google Street View takes you to the city of Petra in Jordan. It is the biggest capture of Street View in the Arab world until now, part of Street View Special Collects, a great feature of Google Maps that lets everyone explore the most amazing natural and man-made places around the globe.
Located between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea, the city of Petra has been craved in rose-red, pink and white sandstone and it’s considered to be one of the new world’s 7 wonders. It keeps the best conserved pieces of Roman architecture in the world outside Italy. In 1985 Petra was declared part of UNESCO Word Heritage sites. The responsibility for its protections falls under the responsibility of the Jordanian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
Queen Rania of Jordan has been one of the greatest supporters of Google’s Street View project, advocating for the role of technology in tourism. She is now proud that so many people from around the world can witness the greatness of her country. She was also the first receiver of YouTube’s visionary award.
For those who could only dream of visiting such an extraordinary place the news of Google Street View finally giving them a chance is literally a dream come true. Therefore, queen Rania is not the only person excited about the good news. Also, as Rania herself stated, it’s good to receive positive information from a place standing in the middle of war and terror.
It should also be mentioned that the city of Petra, even if it might be the most remarkable, is not the only historical site available for exploring on Google Street View. Google has photographed a total of 30 historical sites all over Jordan, including some other great landscapes, like the city of Jaresh, which is the second most visited in the country. Among other great places full of history, the users can also take a virtual trip to the Dead Sea or Mount Nebo and many other natural wonders from around Jordan.
To end with a fun fact, if you weren’t already convinced that it’s worth to pay a virtual visit, you should also know that Petra is the place where there were filmed several scenes from the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
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