World-Heritage-Tour.org – Heritage Sites in 360

  • February 15, 2008

World-Heritage-Tour.orgIt’s not exactly a substitute for the real thing, but it’s a much cheaper alternative to an all out world tour of Unesco Heritage sites. WorldHeritageTour brings you a fully panoramic, 360 view of Heritage sites around the globe.

A world map pinpoints regions which can be further explored upon clicking. Each marker in turn stands for a heritage site. Hovering over a marker brings up a pop-up preview of the panorama. Each site is color coded to signify its status on both Unesco’s list and the WMF(World Monuments Fund) watch list. The list still isn’t complete however with only 216 of 851 sites mapped. Despite that, there are a few noteworthy features to keep you busy. The photos can be viewed in Quicktime or Flash; pressing the control and shift keys allows you to zoom in and out; dragging the mouse allows to see the whole 360 panoramic vista. There’s also a print mode version available—however you do need to sign up to see it. Interestingly, there’s a cube mode which displays the photo as a cross, which upon printing out and folding, becomes a cube. To find out more about each site, there’s a description button at the button of each photo.

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Unesco.org – United Nations’ UNESCO

  • February 10, 2008

Unesco.orgUNESCO is the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, a multi-lateral agency that encourages international peace and universal respect by promoting collaboration among nations by conducting studies and sharing knowledge. In this site, users will be able to find institutional information, like committee integration and agendas, access to publications, regional offices and research projects.

Since 2008 has been declared the International Year of Languages, lots of information on linguistic issues is available at the site right now. A particularly useful feature about Unesco.org is the photobank, which is divided by regions and topics, so users can get hold of great pics from around the world for free (users have to indicate what they will be using the photos for, though). The site can be viewed in several western and Asian languages as well. Unesco.org

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