Bulgaria became the 48th country mapped with Google’s Street View feature, which allows users to observe the surroundings of a particular location from street-level.
Google began mapping Bulgarian streets in 2012 and took about nine months to complete the entire process, including the photographing and processing of the data, the company said at a media event in Sofia on March 7.
“This Bulgarian launch covers not only major economic centers such as Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna, but also historical and beloved towns like Veliko Turnovo and Koprvishtitsa,” the company said on its Google Maps blog. (Street View can be used both through Google Maps and Google Earth applications.)
“Users around the world can also virtually experience the beautiful ski resorts of Borovets, Bansko and Pamporovo, and the stunning Architectural and Museum Reserve Tsarevets that sits on Tsarevets Hill in the old part of of Veliko Tarnovo. And of course, people can check out the Black Sea coast line, which is the heart of summer tourism in the country,” the company said.
At the same time, Google also expanded the Street View feature to cover more than 200 Russian cities – previously, only Moscow and St Petersburg were mapped – and refreshing some of the imagery in major British cities, as well as “filling in some of the gaps where we had no Street View coverage.”
(One of the views of Alexander Nevsky cathedral in Sofia, as seen using the Street View feature on Google Maps. Image dated April 2012)