Google Street View lets you travel back in time

(CNN/KXAN) — Google Street View is now letting you travel back in time.

The Internet giant has added a new feature to its Street View maps.

Now you can look at past Street View images dating back to 2007 on the desktop version of Google Maps.

If you see a clock icon in the upper left-hand portion of a Street View image, click on it and move the slider through time or select a thumbnail to see that same place in previous years or seasons.

“This new feature can also serve as a digital timeline of recent history, like the reconstruction after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Onagawa, Japan,” Google announced. “You can even experience different seasons and see what it would be like to cruise Italian roadways in both summer and winter.”

Google says the new time-lapse feature will allow you to see how places have changed over time, including the Freedom Tower in New York City and the 2014 World Cup Stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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