Via The Associated Press
Google – guide and surprise. This Tuesday, May 24, Google published its top 10 sites Most visited In France for the past 12 months via The Google Street View, which falls 15 this week. This list reveals behind the inevitable Eiffel towerOcean Serpent, a statue on the beach front at the resort of Saint-Brévin les Pins, in Loire-Atlantique.
Designed by artist Huang Yongping, it represents a long skeleton of a sea snake. It was the 360-degree images posted by an internet user that enabled Google Street View to provide this virtual tour.
The search engine is unable to explain why this visit was so successful with Internet users, ahead of the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe or Disneyland Paris, in third, fourth and fifth place, respectively.
The rest of the top ten is made up of Parc des Princes, Sacré-Coeur, Notre-Dame de Paris, Château de Versailles, and Panthéon. So nine of the ten places are in the Paris region. The latest virtual tour is the Invalides Tour of Paris, which was launched to celebrate 15 years of service.
The Eiffel Tower is in the top three in the world
That’s not all since Google also revealed the world’s most visited sites with its popular geo-visualization tool. It is not surprising that France and the Eiffel Tower occupy a very good position, in second place. First place goes to Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The Taj Mahal in India completes the catwalk.
For its part, the top ten countries among the most visited places Indonesia in the lead, ahead of the United States and Japan, and France comes in ninth, followed by Spain and Italy in Europe.
Google Street View was launched in 2007, at the initiative of the co-founder of the American group Larry Page. The service arrived in France in 2008, marking a partnership with Tour de France that allows internet users to visualize the routes that the contestants are taking.
“In France, today we have almost all roads and trails,” geographer Gil Dawidowicz said during a press conference. In total, Google Street View claims to store 220 billion images and more than 16 million kilometers have been traveled in a hundred different countries.
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