Copyright: Jeffrey Martin
Resolution: 34 Gigapixel
Uploaded: May 2013
This panoramic photo of Prague, Czech Republic was created from 2600 individual photos. These images were stitched together into a single, seamless 360° image which is 260,000 x 130,000 pixels. If you printed this photo at 150 DPI (dots per inch), it would be 44 meters (130 feet) long! This image is therefore, as far as we can tell, the largest photograph of Prague ever made.
To navigate the image, click and drag your mouse inside the image. You can zoom using your mouse wheel (or using two fingers if you have a Macbook, for example) while pressing the shift key. You can also use the controls on the left side of the image.
The panorama was shot in May 2013 from the top of Petrin Tower, using a Canon 1-Dx. The shooting took about 1.5 hours.
You can see our other world record gigapixel image we have made of Tokyo.
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This is the first-ever Creative Commons-licensed gigapixel image in the world. We are making this Prague Gigapixel image FREE for anybody to download and use for non-commercial applications. People are even free to remix / modify the image, as long as they follow the rules. The image can be downloaded from via this bittorrent link: prague34gigapixel.torrent
To download the entire panorama, use a BitTorrent client such as UTorrent, and then open the .torrent file. The panorama will then start downloading automatically. More info about downloading files via BitTorrent can be found here.
You mean, You're giving away this image for FREE? Yes :-) Take it!
I am free to do anything I want with it? No. There are usage restrictions. You must give Attribution, and the usage must be Non-Commercial: Attribution to Jeffrey Martin / 360cities.net must be made along with the image; Non-Commercial: The image must not be used for commercial purposes under any circumstances.
SAMPLE ACCEPTABLE USE OF THE CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE:
Blog Post describing a trip to Prague
Online article discussing the growing popularity of panoramic and gigapixel photography
A website for a school project about the use of panoramic imaging for documentary applications
An individual using an image as a desktop background for the computer monitor
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A marketing campaign for a commercial entity
A fund-raising campaign for a not-for profit entity
A background image for a website about furniture
License to create an individual print for use in a private home
Download our press release and media package here. The package includes snapshots from this panorama, which you can use in your publication.Download press release Download media package
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Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, has long attracted artists and wandering spirits, although it was originally inhabited by prehistoric fish. Their inland sea filled the basin contained by the Tatras and Carpathian mountains, but when it eventually dried up they were forced to yield the terrain to dinosaurs, wooly mammoths and Neanderthals. In human times the Celtic tribes came to reside here, leaving remains dating back to the 4th Century B.C. Their tribal name, Boii, gives the root of the word "Bohemia". The three separate territories of Bohemia, Silesia and Moravia now make up the modern Czech Republic, which split from Slovakia in the 1993 "Velvet Divorce." Thanks to its enigmatic founder, the city of Prague derives a magnetic appeal for visionaries, scientists and astronomers. The historical figure credited with the launch of Prague is Princess Libuse, a visionary prophet and warrior who once stood atop the hill at Vysehrad and made the prophecy as follows, "I see a vast city, whose glory will touch the stars!"This indeed came to pass after she took Otokar Premysl to be her husband and King, launching the Premyslid dynasty, and leaving it to rule for the first four hundred years of Czech history. When the last Premyslid king, Wenceslas III, died without producing a male heir, the fourteen year-old John of Luxembourg came to take the throne of the Czech lands. Hot-headed John died in battle, but his diplomatic son Charles IV inherited the throne and, through keen multi-lingual savvy, managed to both keep it and earn the title "Father of the Czech Nation." Charles IV was the first of the Holy Roman Emperors here; he ruled during the height of Prague's elegance and splendour. This is the man to know if you want to understand Prague's layout. He sponsored the construction of such landmarks as the Charles Bridge, the Hunger Wall and St. Vitus' Cathedral, as well as personally designing the neighborhood called New Town (Nove Mesto) which has for its center Karlovo Namesti or Charles Square. The city displays every branch of architecture across the last thousand years, including Cubism, a style which you will be hard-pressed to find applied to buildings anywhere else in the world. Beyond the stunning visual makeup of the city, there is a wealth of nightlife and entertainment, beginning with the legendary concert halls including the Rudolfinum, National Theater, Estates Theater and the Municipal House. After investigating the Castle and Bridge, which are the most heavily-trafficked tourist areas, take a look around Zizkov and Letna, two of the cooler neighborhoods for bars and restaurants. However quiet it may seem after ten PM, Prague is alive and throbbing in an endless array of basement bars, pubs, clubs, discos and pool halls waiting to be discovered by the intrepid subterranean adventurer. To get an idea of what lies in store, check out the panoramas for Chateau and Palac Akropolis and when you're out and about, make sure you look for the stairs down to the cellar. Apart from shopping, eating, drinking and wearing out your digital camera, delve into the rich green carpet of Prague's parks, many of which lie only walking-minutes from the city center.Text by Steve Smith.