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5 virtual tours of historical sites

Take a virtual tour of five historical sites from across the globe with Google’s interactive trek experiences.

1 – Pyramids of Giza

The Giza pyramid complex, also called the Giza Necropolis, is the site on the Giza Plateau in Greater Cairo, Egypt that includes the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, along with their associated pyramid complexes and the Great Sphinx of Giza.

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All were built during the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt. The site also includes several cemeteries and the remains of a workers’ village.

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2 – Petra 

Petra originally known to its inhabitants as Raqmu, is a historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan. Petra lies around Jabal Al-Madbah in a basin surrounded by mountains which form the eastern flank of the Arabah valley that runs from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba.

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Journey with us behind the iconic facade from the movies, and discover one of the great wonders of the world, forgotten by time itself.

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3 – Angkor

Angkor, also known as Yasodharapura was the capital city of the Khmer Empire which flourished from approximately the 9th to the 15th centuries AD.

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The temples of the Angkor area number over one thousand, ranging in scale from nondescript piles of brick rubble scattered through rice fields to the Angkor Wat, said to be the world’s largest single religious monument.

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4 – Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra.

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The tomb is the centerpiece of a 17-hectare (42-acre) complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenelated wall.

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5 – Venice

The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century BC. The city was historically the capital of the Republic of Venice for a millennium and more, from 697 to 1797.

Venice has been known as “La Dominante”, “La Serenissima”, “Queen of the Adriatic”, “City of Water”, “City of Masks”, “City of Bridges”, “The Floating City”, and “City of Canals”.

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Animals Did it First

The creativity of humans is astounding. We design ever more outlandish clothes to help us attract a mate and even use cosmetic surgery. We can build submarines, skyscrapers and spacecraft. All in all were pretty impressive or are we? In Animals Did It First we discover that animals are better than humans at most things and almost always got round to it years before.


Episode Length: 00:50:00

Year: 2000

Episode: 3


This documentary is available to watch for FREE on Planet Knowledge, a free to watch video on demand channel on Freeview HD (Channel 265), Youview, Samsung connected TV’s, selected smart TV’s, tablets and smartphones using Android or iOS.

  

Fighting the Red Baron

Two former RAF and Red Arrows pilots go on a journey to discover the origins of aerial warfare in World War I. They discover how, in just four years, planes were transformed from flimsy flying machines to the warplanes we recognise today; they find that all the aspects of modern aerial warfare – from surveillance to high-altitude bombing – were created by their pioneering counterparts almost a hundred years ago.


Episode Length: 01:15:00

Year: 2009

Episodes: 1


This documentary is available to watch for FREE on Planet Knowledge, a free to watch video on demand channel on Freeview HD (Channel 265), Youview, Samsung connected TV’s, selected smart TV’s, tablets and smartphones using Android or iOS.

  

Richard III: The Unseen Story

In early 2013, researchers from the University of Leicester announced that they had found the body of England’s most notorious monarch, Richard III, underneath one of the city’s car parks. The announcement was the culmination of five months of painstaking work, which constituted some of the most intensive archaeological and scientific analysis ever conducted to uncover and investigate a single skeleton. In this special follow-up programme, the only television team with access to the dig and the scientific tests on the skeleton uses unseen footage and conducts two days of additional interviews to tell this extraordinary forensic detective story in even greater scientific and archaeological detail.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2013

Episodes: 1


This documentary is available to watch for FREE on Planet Knowledge, a free to watch video on demand channel on Freeview HD (Channel 265), Youview, Samsung connected TV’s, selected smart TV’s, tablets and smartphones using Android or iOS.

  

Inside Man Season 4

Morgan Spurlock investigates intriguing topics of our times by digging deep to learn how the real story unfolds from the inside.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2016

Episodes: 5


This documentary is available to watch for FREE on Planet Knowledge, a free to watch video on demand channel on Freeview HD (Channel 265), Youview, Samsung connected TV’s, selected smart TV’s, tablets and smartphones using Android or iOS.

  

Inside Man Season 3

Morgan Spurlock investigates intriguing topics of our times by digging deep to learn how the real story unfolds from the inside.


Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2015

Episodes: 8


This documentary is available to watch for FREE on Planet Knowledge, a free to watch video on demand channel on Freeview HD (Channel 265), Youview, Samsung connected TV’s, selected smart TV’s, tablets and smartphones using Android or iOS.

  

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