This immersive new feature lets you view more than 15,000 popular sites from different perspectives.

A new Photo tours feature has been added to Google Maps this week, which guides you through an immersive 3D photo scene, allowing you to view landmarks from around the world from different perspectives.

Using advanced computer vision techniques, the 3D tours are created from public, user-contributed Picasa and Panaromio photos. Photo tours are available for over 15,000 locations. Available tours will be indicated in the results panel if you search for a specific place, or on a landmark’s label if you’re browsing the map. Clicking the link will take you straight to the tour but you’ll need to turn on Google Maps with WebGL for it to work. Google described how they produce these photo tours:

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