Google launched its Street View map service in Greece, with Santorini, Mykonos and Paros being the first islands to be mapped. From today on, visitors can travel in Greece, turn into neighborhoods and get lost on roads that they perhaps wouldn’t not have had the opportunity to visit.
Apart from the 3D virtual tours to Greek islands, cities and villages, the user of the Street View map service can now navigate in internal spaces such as museums. The Acropolis Museum, innovative as always, offers a hassle-free tour to interested users, also relieving them from the entrance fee.
The event was launched at 11am June 5, at Aegli Zappiou. The Culture Minister, Panos Panagiotopoulos, also attended the launching and described Greece as an “endless archaeological park.”
According to his statement: “In Greece we have more than 65 million archaeological findings that we can exhibit through Google’s map service and help our tourism industry.”
He then continued: “We have so much to show off. This service is a godsend. Everyone knows how difficult things are with all the obstacles present and when dealing with the Greek state. We are trying to overcome these difficulties.”
Greece is the 56th country where Google Street View map service is now available. Company officials expect that this service will strengthen the Greek economy and tourism industry, as it did in another 55 countries.
It’s worth mentioning that Greece’s Privacy Authority proceeded to the approval of the map service on the condition that the images of people’s faces and vehicle license plates displayed on its service will get blurred out to protect people’s privacy.