MindBlowing 360° Aerial Panorama

In June we brought to you an awesome site, 360Cities, that gives awesome panoramic virtual tours of cities and places. Today, we introduce another amazing site that lets you enjoy a 360° view of important monuments and places - AirPano.com. While 360Cities focus is on virtual tours from the ground, AirPano gives you an amazing birds' eye view panorama. The effects are simply gorgeous.

Here's what the authors of the site have to say -

AirPano is a noncommercial project focused on high resolution 3D aerial panoramas. AirPano team is the group of russian photographers and panorama enthusiasts. During the next 2-3 years we plan to shoot the aerial panoramas and create the virtual 3D tours of the most interesting places of our planet.

The crew managed a coup of sorts when they got permission to photograph the most awesome man-made monument - the Taj Mahal in India.

For the first time in the past 15 years, the Taj Mahal has been shot from the air by the AirPano crew!

The Taj Mahal holds one of the most important places in the list of "The New 7 Wonders of the World".

Despite its Muslim origin, this white marble Necropolis has actually become a symbol of India. Serious safety measures are taken in order to preserve it. The 500 meters area around the complex is equipped to serve as a special protection zone.

Cars have to park 2 kilometers away from the entrance so the tourists can get there with rickshaws, carts or electric vehicles, as it is believed that the exhaust gases can make the marble cladding go yellow. Even on the other side of the river Yamuna, on the banks of which it is located, the area is protected with a barbed wire fence. Security guards' numbers are in their hundreds.

In 1997, the famous Frenchman Bertrand took a picture of the Taj Mahal from a helicopter. For 15 years after that there was no permission granted to shoot the monument from above. But AirPano has managed to achieve the impossible: we have received this permission, and at this moment our photographers Dmitry Moiseenko and Stanislav Sedov are on their way back to Moscow with the footage. A virtual tour of the photo-shoot will appear on the website in May.

Here's the list of top 10 panorama's on the site -
  • Taj Mahal, India
  • Angel Waterfall of Venezuela - The World's Highest Waterfall
  • Hong Kong - the City Where Dreams Come True
  • Unreal Aircraft of Ivan Roslyakov
  • San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge in the Fog
  • Day view of Manhattan, New York, USA
  • Machu Picchu - the ancient city of the Inca Empire
  • Virtual Tour of Toronto, Canada
  • Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt
  • Virtual Tour of Dubai City, UAE
  • Luminous Las Vegas at Dusk and Night
  • New York, I love you
  • St.Moritz, Swiss Alpes, Virtual Tour
  • St-Petersburg, Virtual Tour

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