Say Hello to Google Street View maps of Pakistan’s Cultural Treasures
Today, Google launched a special project for Pakistan to highlight and promote the country’s cultural heritage with its trademark Street View maps.
Named as “Google Cultural Institute Pakistan,” the project currently features over a dozen historical landmarks to view in 360 degree street level imagery, with 10 or more place having picture collection.
The geographic area where Pakistan is situated today has a rich history that can be traced back to more than 5000 years. There is plenty of evidence from the pre-historic and historic period that supports this claim showing how much diversified their cultural heritage is.
Just to give you an idea, 14 millions years old fossil jaws of apes found from Pothohar belong to a species named “Sivapithecus Pakininsis,” said to be the ancestor of Man.
Trading cities including Mohenjo Daro and Harappa were two of the largest cities of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, which are considered among the world’s earliest major urban settlements, contemporaneous with the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Crete, and Norte Chico.
Further, the region has witnessed variety of migrants including Aryans, Persians, Greeks, Arabs and Mughals who built tremendous historical monuments throughout the locations that are today in Pakistan.
The latest initiative is all about preserving this heritage and showcasing Pakistan’s finest cultural treasures to the people beyond its boundaries.
The project was started back in 2012, after the Internet giant signed an agreement with the Punjab government to capture historical locations and cultural sites in the province. Now, they have decided to encompass their stance including locations all over the country.
The collection is called “Wonders of Pakistan,” which currently lists 467 different items, with ancient relics, paintings, and old coins all part of the package.