Some parts of Cambridge University usually closed to the public have been mapped by Google Street View

Google Street View reveals secret corners of Cambridge University

A Google Street View tour will allow the public to access private parts of Cambridge University’s colleges usually closed to visitors.

The 17th-century Old Library located at the university’s St John’s College, as well as a 14th-century chapel at the Gonville and Caius College, are among the architectural treasures mapped by Google Street View’s Special Collections team last year.

The team used special cameras to photograph key locations around the university to create 360-degree panoramic shots that will be available online.

"Gonville and Caius is one of the oldest colleges in Cambridge and the exteriors of our beautiful Old Courts are not only open daily for visitors to admire but can already be seen on Google,” said Professor Sir Alan Fersht, Master of Caius.

"However, as a working community of education and research, we cannot easily welcome visitors to our magnificent library and hall, which are used daily by those who live and work here.

Interiors of five colleges including St John’s, Gonville and Caius, Newnham, Queens and Trinity Hall have been mapped for the virtual tour. The new collection also features panoramic tours of Cambridge University Botanic Garden and Great St Mary's, the university church.

Street View’s Special Collection features culturally significant sites from around the world including natural parks, museum and landmark buildings such as the Taj Mahal and the White House.

St John's College has created a special scavenger hunt as part of the project, inviting viewers to spot special sights including William Wordsworth's life mask and a specially placed towel in tribute to The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy author Douglas Adams.

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