Making access to all places inaccessible to most people, this is the ambition of the service street viewproposed by Google, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this Sunday, May 29.
Après avoir numérisé la Cité Interdite vide de voyageurs, à Pékin, ou capté un point de vue inédit du Taj Mahal depuis l’un des minarets fermés au public, le géant américain s’est attaqué à our mole à unable monument inconçat , In Paris.
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Marking a not-for-profit partnership between the Army Museum and Google Arts & Culture, the Street View teams set out to launch their cameras at Invalides last April, offering an unprecedented online visit to this Parisian monument.
So it is now possible to get as close as possible to the crypt of the tomb of Napoleon I, to explore the details of the frescoes of the dome of the dome, painted in part by Charles de la Vos, or even to take advantage of a panoramic view of Paris from the lantern of the Invalides.
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Even more surprising, thanks to Google Street View, you can admire an inscription dating from 1789 on one of the Invalides walls, or step into the attic of Saint-Louis des Invalides – Paris’ second cathedral – just above the nave.
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Les Invalides, a “unique” place with many faces
Cécile Chassin, responsible for this partnership on the Army Museum side, emphasizes the “uniqueness” of this place in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, which Louis XIV ordered in 1670, to accommodate the disabled from his armies.
A hospital, a museum, and a cathedral too: It’s a whole heritage “to be appreciated” thanks to this partnership, offers Cécile Chassin, who trusts that clients of the Museum of the Armies often don’t have access to the recesses. Invalides is now visible on Google Street View. In all, it took Google teams two days in the morning to digitize all of the Les Invalides items on Google Arts & Culture.
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The result: In addition to the ability to stroll as we see fit in the Invalides on Google Street View, there are online virtual exhibits, consisting of explanatory texts about the details of the Invalides, written by museum teams.
The Paris Monument is now one of about 2,500 monuments that have been digitized via Street View around the world, the most popular being the Burj Khalifa, the Eiffel Tower, and the Taj Mahal. Recently, Google teams have also digitized the Djeni Mosque in Mali, as well as the Duomo in Milan, Italy.
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