Google started showing 3D animals in Search last year but has since expanded to a whole host of AR objects covering space, science, and athletes. The latest expansion sees Google Search add 3D monuments.

Like all AR objects in Google Search, these 3D monuments start with a rotating model that can be zoomed into. It isn’t very high-resolution, however, and somewhat analogous to viewing these objects in Google Earth. 

Unlike that app, you can place all the 3D monuments in your environment. Users are still getting a miniature model that’s like a diorama. It would be cool if you could stand inside some of these structures, like the Arc de Triomphe, similar to a 360-degree Photo Sphere panoramic. That would presumably require a lot more work and mapping each location with a Street View backpack.

As such, it’s not as life-like as 3D animals, but that’s understandable given the massive size of these real-world locations. You can still take pictures and short videos with occlusion available.

You can find all 98 3D monuments by searching on Android or iOS and then scrolling through the Knowledge Panel until you find the “View in 3D” card. There are quite a few different panels with the AR model ultimately becoming just another tool. The full list of available locations is below:

Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel Conservatory of Flowers Neuschwanstein Castle St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Alcatraz Island Eiffel Tower Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum St. Paul’s Cathedral
Alhambra Empire State Building One World Trade Center St. Peter’s Basilica
Amazon Theatre Ferry Building Palace of Versailles Statue of Liberty National Monument
Arasaka Imperia Residence Flatiron Building Palace of Westminster Stonehenge
Arc de Triomphe Giotto’s Bell Tower Palais Garnier The Angel of Independence
Aztec Stadium Golden Gate Bridge Palazzo Vecchio The British Museum
Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Japan National Stadium Pantheon The Centre Pompidou
Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence Kaminarimon Gate Panthéon The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella Kensington Palace Parthenon The Painted Ladies
Big Ben La Sagrada Familia Piazza della Signoria The Palace of Fine Arts
Brooklyn Bridge Leaning Tower of Pisa Piazza Navona Tokyo National Museum
Buckingham Palace Les Invalides PIER 39 Tokyo Skytree
Campidogilo square London Eye Pitti Palace Tokyo Tower
Capela Curial de São Francisco de Assis Louvre Museum Placa de Catalunya Tower of London
Castel Sant’Angelo Magic Fountain of Montjuic Ponte Vecchio Trafalgar Square
Castle of Good Hope Meiji Jingu Rhodes Memorial Trevi Fountain
Cathedral of Barcelona Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral Rockefeller Center Union Buildings
Cathedral of Brasilia Monument of the Ninos Heroes Roman Forum Ushiku Building
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore Monument to the Revolution Sacré-Cœur Voortrekker Monument
Cathedrale Norte-Dame de Paris Moses Mabhida Stadium San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge Westminster Abbey
Chapultepec Castle Mount Rushmore National Memorial São Paulo Cathedral Yoyogi National Stadium
Christ the Redeemer Musée d’Orsay Sensō-ji Zojoji
Coit Tower National Museum of Nature and Science = Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Columbus Monument National Palace Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple

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