You can now take a tour of some Jordan’s ancient landmarks using Street View

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If you’re a passionate historian, we have some great news for you. Starting today, you can head on over to Google Maps to explore more than 30 historical sites throughout Jordan in the Middle East using Street View to have a look around the Roman-built ancient city of Jerash, the archaeological site of Petra and much, much more.

Hit the break below to see just how the Google team photographed the region, and to view a collection of videos from the best and most intriguing sites they visited on their travels.

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