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Google collaborates on heritage sites virtual tours with the US Department of State

If you would like to explore cultural heritage sites around the world, you can now do so without stepping out of your house. This is courtesy of a partnership between the US Department of State’s Cultural Heritage Center and Google Arts & Culture.

The announcement of the partnership came as part of World Heritage Day. The effort will allow people to virtually explore sites with historical significance from 1,100 projects supported by Ambassadors Fund. Over 130 countries are represented.

You can visit sites like the Wat Chaiwatthanaran located in Ayutthaya, Thailand, the Ancient Nabataean Flash Flood Protection System in Petra, and the al-Imam al-Shafi’i Mausoleum in Egypt. You can also tour the history of Great Zimbabwe from the 11th to the 15th century.

Explaining why the focus on preserving the sites, Lee Setterfield, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State wrote, “Cultural heritage sites, objects, and traditions are a point of pride for people the world over, but they also require care and vigilance. That’s why the State Department’s Cultural Heritage Center works with governments and organizations to preserve and protect cultural heritage from both natural and man-made threats through the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). Whether it’s deterioration from years of exposure to the elements, damage from looting, trafficking, and conflict, or the effects of natural disasters and climate change, the AFCP works tirelessly to protect and preserve heritage and they’ve been doing this work for over 20 years!”

The Cultural Heritage Center has now added more than 100 new images of sites of interest. The information includes cultural heritage preservation, with accompanying pictures and videos.

Meanwhile, the Cultural Heritage Center has committed to adding more stories in the future. It will also showcase the reality of climate change, which is a huge threat to the heritage sites. The Heritage on the Edge project by Google Arts & Culture is dedicated to showing how people are using technology to protect their cultural sites against climate change.

According to Setterfield, “Cultural heritage sites, objects, and traditions are a point of pride for people the world over, but they also require care and vigilance. That’s why the State Department’s Cultural Heritage Center works with governments and organizations to preserve and protect cultural heritage from both natural and man-made threats through the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).”

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