Google Maps announced today that their collection of images now include Street Views from 50 countries with photos recently added from Hungary and Lesotho, an enclave surrounded by South Africa. According to the Google Maps blog, their latest update is the largest single update of Street Views imagery since Google Maps launched in 2007, with new images from nearly 350,000 miles of roads across 14 countries.
The new Street Views of Hungary allow users to see the historic center of Budapest, with up close views of the Hungarian Parliament building along the Danube and Hungary’s Chain Bridge. Other Hungarian sites added include Szechenyi, the largest medicinal bath in Europe, and the Buda Castle.
Budapest’s famous Chain Bridge
The country of Lesotho is the only independent state that sits entirely 1,000 meters or more above sea level. Google Street Views now has imagery of the countries mountainous landscapes and lakes, as well as historical landmarks, including the Lesotho Evangelical Church, one of Africa’s oldest Protestant churches.
The Leribe District in Lesotho
Today’s updates include coverage across a number of countries, with new Street Views from Portugal’s Pena National Palace, Hong Kong’s Sha Tin Che Kung Temple, and the Kilkenny Castle in Ireland.
Ireland’s Kilkenny Castle
Many of the updates are a result of Google’s Street View Trike technology, a bike-based camera system that allows Google Street Views to capture sites not accessible by car.
The Google Trike, a bike-based camera system
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