Google continues to expand the range of its Street View project. The company launched imagery from the ancient rock-cut city of Petra, in Jordan (and one of the seven wonders of the world, depending on which list you’re looking at), as well as imagery from 30 other historical sites in the country.
Petra, an ancient site in modern day Jordan, was once the home of the Nabataeans until it was conquered by the Romans and later received an influx of Greco-Roman culture. Its irrigation and water storage systems were recent discovered by archaeologists. Rain does not often come in this area of the Near East so these systems were vital for preserving life in Petra.
Found not 2,150 years too soon, a team of scientists recently discovered the monument with the help of drones, satellites, and ground surveys. The monument is said to stretch the length of an Olympic swimming pool, and the researchers have conjectures about its original purpose as well.