Several photography buffs from Moscow started to photograph the famous monuments and cities with a 360 degree panoramic camera mounted on a small radio controlled helicopter like device. These high-resolution films of the cities taken from a height of 50 to 250 meter are amazing to see. Their panoramic views provide a detailed context to these monuments which is hard to get through a google satellite image.
Their team of eight members have created more than 700 aerial photo panoramas of 120 world-famous sites and monuments on all continents. The quality of their panoramas is astonishingly high. Airpano has posted all their work on Airpano.com.
Some of my favorites are:
Sooner or later a visitor to Paris ends up at Eifel Tower or Louvre. Here is a view of both you may not have seen before.
Arc de Triomphe, the height of 40 meters: http://www.airpano.ru/files/Paris-France/2-2
Arc de Triomphe, the height of 200 meters: http://www.airpano.ru/files/Paris-France/2-2
Eifel Tower and Seine River at night: http://www.airpano.ru/files/Paris-France/2-2
The best of Central Park in new York from an elevation of 800 meters: http://www.airpano.ru/files/Manhattan-New-York-Virtual-Tour/2-2
Statue of Liberty: http://www.airpano.ru/files/Manhattan-New-York-Virtual-Tour/2-2
Angel Waterfall of Venezuela:
This is an amazing view of a natural wonder and its surroundings.
Roman Colosseum, Italy:
Inside the Colosseum: http://www.airpano.ru/files/Italy-Rome-Colosseum/2-2
Above the Colosseum: http://www.airpano.ru/files/Italy-Rome-Colosseum/2-2