Tour The Acropolis of Athens, Greece with Google Earth Tours
Make a virtual field trip to one of the world’s most ancient landmarks; the Acropolis. You will be using Google Earth to watch a pre-recorded tour of the four famous structures that sit atop the Acropolis. Learn all about the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheum and the Propylaea. The trip lasts for 5 minutes and 38 seconds.
You will also visit four other edifices that have neighbored the Acropolis for millennia: the Theatre of Dionysus, the Odeon Herodes Atticus, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the Temple of Hephaestus.
The product includes a document of about 55 talking points and interesting facts about the ancient Greek site and it’s buildings.
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.
For example the document says at, “3:28 – 3:41 – The camera looks due West.
The old museum is in the foreground. If you look to the right of the museum a little bit you can make out a flag rising up from the edge of the Acropolis.
It is said that when the Nazis took over Athens during WWII, they ordered a Greek soldier who was guarding the flag to take it down. He took it down, wrapped himself in the flag, and jumped over the side of the precipice to his death in a personal protest.”
The tour begins with a view of Europe from outer space. You are then zoomed in to the site’s locations to see it from a variety of different viewpoints. The angles are chosen so the students can get a good idea of the four structures’ locations, as well as, their physical relationships to each other in their setting. 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.
Feel free to visit some other famous landmarks in the Americas.
1. The Golden Gate Bridge (3:29)
2. Chichen Itza (5:38)
3. Niagara Falls (2:10)
4. Panama Canal (3:02)
5. Statue of Liberty (2:07)
6. Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (1:06)
7. Mount Rushmore (3:02)
8. Machu Picchu (5:07)
9. Freedom Tower, aka One World Trade Center (3:54)
Here are some European landmarks.
1. Stonehenge (3:29)
2. The Acropolis (5:38)
3. The Colosseum
4. The Leaning Tower of Pisa (3:28)
5. The Eiffel Tower (3:15)
6. Big Ben (5:12)
7. Notre Dame de Paris (4:20)
Tour some African sites.
1. The Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza (3:15)
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.
How to Use Google Earth For Beginners – by Rick Castellini on YouTube
Beginner Google Earth Tutorial Videos by Google
Beginner’s Guide to Using Google Earth – by The Land Brothers
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The cover photo is by Salonica84 and has a Creative Commons license. The photo can be found @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Acropolis-Athens34.jpg
Google Earth Tour Map Attribution
Map Data: Google, Image Landsat / Copernicus
Data SIO, NOAA, U.S. Navy, NGA, GEBCO
Image U.S. Geological Survey
Image © 2016 TerraMetrics
Image © 2016 DigitalGlobe