How Google "draws" panoramas
Google Maps is a set of applications built on the basis of a free map service, which is a map and satellite images of the planet Earth, also Google Street View, allowing Google Maps users to “wander” around a three-dimensional projection of a city or some of its streets via the Internet.
Google "draws" the panorama with the help of unusual devices, which in hard-to-reach places have to be worn. One of these places is the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
1. In general, the work is not bad: go yourself, wander around interesting places and get paid for it. The only minus is the equipment that you have to carry on yourself. (Photo by Pilar Olivares | Reuters):
2. On the back of a Google employee backpack-camera. These are 2 batteries, Android on board, 15 five-megapixel cameras, GPS tracker and 18 kg of weight. And all this allows you to take high-quality images and combine them into a common space for Google Street View. (Photo by Pilar Olivares | Reuters):
3. Walk, wander. (Photo by Pilar Olivares | Reuters):
4. Yet 18 kg is a bit much. (Photo by Pilar Olivares | Reuters):
5. In the meantime, Google "draws" the panorama of Machu Picchu, let's talk about the city of ancient America. It is located on the territory of modern Peru, on top of a mountain range at an altitude of 2,450 meters above sea level, dominating the valley of the Urubamba River.In 2007 he was awarded the title of New Wonder of the World. (Photo by Pilar Olivares | Reuters):
6. Device with 15 cameras in all its glory. (Photo by Pilar Olivares | Reuters):
7. Also, Machu Picchu is often called the “city in the heavens” or “the city among the clouds”, sometimes called the “lost city of the Incas”. (Photo by Pilar Olivares | Reuters):
8. Built by Pachacutec as an imperial residence, as well as to perpetuate his name in history, Machu Picchu was the third among such residences-sanctuaries. By its modest size, Machu Picchu cannot claim to be a major city - there are no more than 200 structures in it. (Photo by Pilar Olivares | Reuters):
9. These are mainly temples, residences, warehouses and other premises for public use. For the most part, they are made of well-processed stone, tightly fitted slabs to each other. (Photo by Pilar Olivares | Reuters):
10. It is believed that up to 1,200 people lived in it and around it, who worshiped the god of the sun Inti and cultivated new lands and built cities on the terraces. (Photo by Pilar Olivares | Reuters):
11. For more than 400 years, this city was forgotten and was in desolation. He was discovered by an American researcher from Yale University, Professor Hyrum Bingham on July 24, 1911. (Photo by Pilar Olivares | Reuters):
12. To build a city in such an inconvenient place for construction, incredible skill was required.According to the construction engineer Kenneth Wright and the archaeologist Alfredo Valencia Segarra, more than half of the effort spent on the construction was spent on site preparation, drainage and foundation work. Massive retaining walls and stepped terraces hold the city for more than 500 years, preventing the rains and landslides from carrying it down from the rocky eaves. (Photo by Pilar Olivares | Reuters):
13. Machu Picchu, especially after receiving the status of UNESCO World Heritage, became the center of mass tourism. In 2011, it was decided to limit the number of visitors. Under the new rules, only 2,500 tourists per day can visit Machu Picchu, of which no more than 400 people can climb the mountain of Uayna-Picchu, which is part of the archaeological complex.