Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

The Knesset – Now On Google Street View

Israeli MK’s offices and the speaker’s chair are all now viewable via Google

By: Graham Sigurdson

Published: February 18th, 2014 in Business » Israel

On Monday, the Knesset became available for viewing on Google’s “Street View.”

Using Google’s 360 degree camera, four floors of the Knesset were filmed, with the images being made available on Monday. Among the sites that may be viewed are the Marc Chagall Lobby, MK’s offices, and a view of the Knesset chamber from the speaker’s chair. The Knesset is not the first government building to appear on Street View, joining the likes of the White House, 10 Downing Street, and the Canadian Parliament.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein addressed the photos, saying that “The project from Google makes the Knesset available to the virtual public square. Today, the Knesset is opened up and becomes a national house once again, a glass house, in which one can take a tour. There are truly opportunities to see the beauty of the Knesset, to delve in its jewels, to stroll down its halls, to see the works of Chagall and the plenum wall. We are not planning on canceling or reducing the hundreds of thousands of visitors that come by the Knesset every year, quite the opposite, we are striving to widen the circle of visitors and to give opportunities to more people to see the Knesset from their screen at home.”

Google’s CEO for Africa, Israel, and Greece, Meir Brand, also spoke on the photos, saying that “Israel’s Knesset is going up from the map today, and joins the list of parliaments areound the world which can be visited using Street View. Now, everyone with an internet connection can wander in the Knesset as if he was there.”

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