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Tour Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral with Google Earth Tours
Make a virtual field trip to Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the world’s most famous landmarks. You will be using Google Earth to watch a pre-recorded tour of the famous church located in the heart of Paris. Learn all about Notre Dame of Paris and its neighboring structures. The trip lasts for 4 minutes and 20 seconds.
Making cameo appearances on the trip are the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, to name just a few.
The product includes a document of about 25 talking points and interesting facts about the historic tourist attraction.
The tour is also accompanied by a PDF file that describes what you are seeing based on the corresponding minutes in the video. This is so you can pause the tour at the given time stamp and let the class know what they are looking at.
1. For example the document says at, “3:02 – 3:15 – At this point, the tour zooms in to look at the western façade of the cathedral.
a. The tower on the left is called the Tour Saint Romain and it’s about 400 years older than its neighboring tower, called the Tour de Beurre.
b. Tour Saint Romain was burnt down and its bells were melted in 1944 after a WWII bombing. It has since been restored.”
The tour begins with a view of Europe from outer space. You are then zoomed in to the site’s location to see it from a variety of different viewpoints. The angles are chosen so the students can get a good idea of the structure’s location within Paris, as well as, its physical relationship to other landmarks in its vicinity. Finally, you are taken back out to a long shot of Europe.
To watch, all you have to do is click on the file, Google Earth will open and you will be taken on a short trip to the World Heritage site. * Your computer must have Google Earth to watch these tours.
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These tours work great with social studies lessons about famous landmarks, maps, cardinal directions, etc.
Here are a few links to some helpful tutorials on how to use Google Earth.
Please feel free to email me directly at email@example.com if you need any assistance.
The cover photo is by Robert H. Cwik and has a Creative Commons license. The photo can be found on Flickr @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/roberthcwik/16196994737/
Google Earth Tour Map Attribution
Map Data: Google, Image Landsat / Copernicus
Data SIO, NOAA, U.S. Navy, NGA, GEBCO
Image U.S. Geological Survey