Pakistan is full with a rich historical and cultural heritage, with stories and artifacts that we are intense to preserve for future generations. Google Asia Pacific Public Policy and Government Affairs Director Ann Lavin said on Thursday in a ceremony to reveal six online exhibits from Pakistan that have been added to the Google Cultural Institute platform.
The collections at the Lahore Museum, the Mohatta Palace Museum, the Walled City of Lahore Authority, the Heritage Foundation of Pakistan, the Fakir Khana Museum and the AAN Collection have been uploaded online to g.co/pakistanculture.
The exhibit features more than 400 items and 12 special exhibits, including the rare Fasting Siddartha sculpture dated to 200 BCE and re-discovered in a 19th century dig.
Participants at the ceremony were shown a documentary which mentioned that hosting the high-resolution pictures on Google, the largest search engine in the world would boost Pakistan’s tourism industry.
In her speech after the documentary ended, Lavin said the Google Cultural Institute aimed to make the world’s heritage accessible for a global audience and to preserve it digitally for generations to come.
She thanked the institutions that had allowed the Google Cultural Institute access to their unique collections.
Google Cultural Institute Program Manager James Davis said, the six collections from Pakistan would highlight a wide range of artwork and cultural treasures that embodied the country’s unique heritage, from its Mughal era architecture to its modern day contemporary art.
He said the Google Cultural Institute had been collaborating with art and cultural institutions in Asia since 2012.