Google puts Spanish-Jewish heritage on the map

(JTA) – A new interactive website powered by Google maps has put Spainish Jewish heritage online.

Officially launched this week in Madrid, Caminos di Sefarad, or Routes of Sepharad, is a cooperative project between Google and Red de Juderías de España, the Network of Jewish Neighborhoods, a nonprofit association founded in 1995.

It uses Google Maps and Street View technology to enable visitors to explore online the main Jewish landmarks in 24 towns and cities around Spain.

“Clicking on a landmark reveals historical information about each site — and enables a 360 degree view of the different locations,” William Echikson, head of Google External Relations, Europe, Middle East and Africa, wrote in a blog post. “An intuitive search panel presents Jewish heritage sites by category, type, geographic zone and date.”

In total, he wrote, 523 sites, 910 dates, and 1,667 pictures are displayed.

Google also powers the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, an online collection of more than 5,000 scroll fragments, that also was launched this week.

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