Egypt Comes To Google Street View

Tour the historic monuments of Egypt without leaving your seat

Ancient meets ultra-modern today on Google Street View, as several of Egypt's most popular monuments premiere on the service.

Viewers around the world can now feast their eyes on Street View's trademark sharp, panoramic views of some of Egypt's most famous ancient monuments, like the Great Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza, Cairo Citadel, the Hanging Church and more.

The sites were shot using a 75-megapixel camera, toted on the back of a technician in areas where motor vehicles were prohibited.

According to Google, there are over 10 million still images covering 7.2 million miles of terrain in more than 59 countries (plus Antarctica) contained in Street View.

Here's our gallery of highlights from Egypt on Street View.

Cairo Citadel Entrance

Building on this site dates back to 810. Salah ad-Din (1171-1193 AD) strengthened the area's protections to fortify it against Crusaders from Europe.Google

View from the citadel

This panorama is among Street View's captures of the Cairo Citadel.Google

Mosque of Muhammad Ali

Built in the first half ot he 19th century, the Muhammad Ali Mosque's Ottoman styling broke with traditional Egyptian architecture.Google

The Mosque of Muhammad Ali Square

The Muhammad Ali Mosque's Ottoman style is a major break from more traditional Egyptian architecture.Google

Citadel of Qaitbey

Sited in Alexandria, the Citadel of Qaitbey was built in the last quarter of the 15th century, on the site of an ancient lighthouse that was a "wonder of the ancient world" but toppled by an earthquake.Google

Monastery of Saint Mina

One of the most famous sites in Coptic Christianity, the monastery was built in the mid-20th century.Google

Cathedral of Saint Mina

The cathedral is contained within the monastery.Google

The Saqqara necropolis

Walking the Saqqara site with Goggle's Trekker camera.Google

Pyramid of Djoser

Pharaoh Djoser's reign ended in 2611 B.C. His tomb of six stepped layers stood 204 feet high--the largest building of its era.Google

The Enclosure Wall

This 34-foot high limestone wall stands just beyond the Stepped Pyramid of Djoser, enclosing a 37-acre area.Google

The Hanging Church

The Hanging Church or Al-Moallaqa is one of the oldest churches in Egypt. Its name refers to its location above a gatehouse of a Roman fortress, with the nave suspended over a passage through the gate. It was probably built in the late 7th century.Google

Capturing Images

A technician carries Google Street View's "Trekker" camera among the monuments at Giza.Google

Giza

On the road to the Great Pyramids and Sphinx.Google

The Great Sphinx

The Great Sphinx of Giza has sparked imaginations for centuries, possibly millennia. (Its age remains uncertain.) The massive monument - 241 feet long, 63 feet wide, and 66.34 feet high - is a great test of Goggle Street View's capabilities.Google