Google Maps adds Roman catacombs to Street View

Dino Compagni catacombs

Dino Compagni catacombs. Image: Google.

Google has added the ancient Roman Priscilla catacombs and Dino Compagni catacombs to the list of indoor areas you can explore using Google Street View.

The recently restored catacombs, which stretch for miles underneath Rome, can be accessed virtually using the ‘see inside’ option on Google Maps.

The project is the result of a collaboration between Google and the Vatican, proposed by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Commission of Culture and of the Pontifical Commission of Sacred Archaeology, in 2001. Cardinal Ravasi said the project brought together “two extremes, remote antiquity and today’s contemporary world”.

The catacombs are the latest indoor areas to be added to Google Street View, which already provides virtual tours of businesses, a Google data centre, a submarine, and added earlier this week, several airports and train stations.