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Now you can take a tour of Angkor Wat with Google Street View


A Cambodian technician carries a back-pack mounted with a device housing 15 cameras as he demonstrates the technique used to digitally map the Angkor Wat temple, part of the Angkor architectural complex in northwestern Cambodia on April 3, 2014.


Christophe Archambault

OK so it doesn't beat the real thing, but it's pretty cool nonetheless.

Google Maps can now take you to the largest religious monument in the world, Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat temple complex, thanks to Street View. 

Google took 90,000 panoramic shots of the more than 100 temples at Angkor, and the result is stunning:

The Angkor complex covers a sprawling 200 square miles and includes more than 100 temples built between the 7th and 13th centuries. Many of the temples have been both Hindu and Buddhist temples at different times. 

Google Street View cars, hard to miss with their cameras mounted on top, have been around since 2007 — though not always welcome.

But it wasn't until 2012 that Google came up with the Trekker, which is basically a backpack with a huge pole attached and a 15-lens camera at the top.

(Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trekker allowed Street View to go off the beaten path, so to speak, and they digitized the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal and Venice as a result.

Now, it's all the nooks and crannies of Angkor. Start your exploration here.