Ancient Rome 3D Layer For Google Earth Contains 6,700 Buildings

My first impressions were WOW! as Google announced the launch of a it’s new 3D layer for Google Earth. By far it is one the most extensive collection of three-dimensional buildings at on GE location. The model depicts Rome in the year 320 AD – at the peak of its development with over a million inhabitants.  At this time it was the largest metropolis in the world and it wasn’t until Victorian London, 1500 years later, that another urban city surpassed Rome.  Because of its size and importance, Rome may be one of the most-studied cities in history.

Google said that it is part of it’s continued effort to make exploration and learning about Ancient Rome both easy and fun. By loading this new layer in Google Earth, ” students, teachers, tourists and historians can:

  • View a virtual representation of the city in 320 AD at the height of its development as the capital of the Roman Empire.
  • Fly around the city using Google Earth’s unique navigation.
  • Explore more than 6700 historic buildings.
  • Zoom in to discover the detailed interiors of eleven ancient structures including the Colosseum.
  • Learn about Ancient Rome through information bubbles written by expert historians.

Ancient Rome 3D is one of the most extensive collections of three-dimensional buildings – and the first ancient city – to be found on Google Earth. Within the Ancient Rome 3D layer users can visit the Roman Forum, stand in the centre of the Colosseum, trace the footsteps of the gladiators in the Ludus Magnus, stand on the Rostra, swoop over the Basilica Julia, fly under The Arch of Constantine or even examine the detail on the facade of the Basilica of Maxentius.”  The Press Release By Google Stated.

Contest for Roman History Lesson Plans

Google Also announced its sponsorship for the effort to create lesson plans for history. (off course they have to include Ancient Rome 3D layer) More details about Rome Contest here.

Video Preview of Ancient Rome 3D

How to Download Ancient Rome 3D Layer

Flavian Amphitheater (Collosseum) – informational bubble appears after users click
on  yellow icon

To download Google Earth

  1. visit
  2. go to the “Layers” panel of Google Earth,
  3. Select “Gallery,”
  4. Select  “Ancient Rome 3D.”

The download effort is worth your time as this layer contains 6,700 buildings including 11 with viewable interiors within the model – these include Basilica of Maxentius, Colosseum, Forum of Julius Caesar, Ludus Magnus, Temple of Venus and Rome, Temple of Vesta, Regia, Basilica Iulia, Basilica Aemelia, Curia Iulia, Tabularium.

Mayor of Rome Reacted

Mayor of Rome was delighted by this great public service by google. Here is how he described his feelings on Google Official Blog

What fascinates me most about this project is the accuracy of the details of the three-dimensional models. It’s such a great experience to be able to admire the monuments, streets and buildings of Ancient Rome with a virtual camera that lets you go inside and see all the architectural details.

5 thoughts on “Ancient Rome 3D Layer For Google Earth Contains 6,700 Buildings”

  1. why can’t I get anceint rome 3 D ,I have it under gallery,when I click it on nothing happens, do I have to pay for this?thank you j.gasper
    ps or how do I get it to play?

  2. Ancient Rome 3D layer is completely free from Google. Under no circumstances, you should pay anything for using this layer.

    Check your internet connection and try clearing you Google Earth Cache.

  3. I use a earth window on my own website.
    (and use javascript to do all kind of things)
    Can i turn the ‘Ancient Rome 3D layer’ on ?
    Or may be better (becourse it is quit a heavy lot) Can i download it as a whole or in parts ?

  4. Nothing happens with mine also, when clicking on it. How does one clear the Google Earth Cache?
    Yeah, it’s not nice when one has to struggle with these things all the time.

  5. Nothing happens with me also, when clicking on it. How does one clear the Google Earth Cache?
    It’s not nice when one has to struggle with these things all the time.

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