The Google Street View platform is celebrating its 15th anniversary this week, and revealed that Belgium’s most “visited” place is the Atomium.
In 2007, Google published its first Street View images of San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, Miami and Denver. Since then, Street View cars equipped with cameras have captured and shared more than 220 billion Street View images and travelled over 10 million miles.
In Belgium, six of the ten most popular “destinations” on Street View are located in the Brussels-Capital Region: the Atomium, the Brussels Grand-Place, the Royal Palace, the Brussels Midi Station, the Brussels North Station and Manneken Pis.
In seventh place is Brussels Airport, located just outside of Brussels, followed by the Antwerp Central Station, the Pairi Daiza zoo in the Walloon municipality of Brugelette, and the Gravensteen castle in the Flemish city of Ghent.
Across the world, the most-searched-for countries on the platform last year were Indonesia, the United States and Japan. The three most popular monuments on Street View were the Burj Khalifa (the United Arab Emirates), the Eiffel Tower (France) and the Taj Mahal (India).
Next year, Google wants to start using a new camera that is easier to transport and can therefore be taken to hard-to-reach places, such as the Amazon rainforest.