A PHOTO of the Murcia Region countryside taken by a Spaniard is officially the biggest in the world ever.
The 360º panorama, which shows 75 kilometres' worth of coast in one straight line from a mountaintop 336 metres above sea-level was the work of keen photographer Carlos Caravaca and features on the picture site Gigapan, a portal for 'giant' panoramic images.
It took Carlos 20 days to upload the 400-gigapixel photo, which has a file size of 730 GB – enough to completely fill the hard drives of three or four desktop computers.
If it was printed out with a resolution of just 300 pixels, a sheet of paper measuring 25 x 113 metres (82 x 371 feet) – being 2,825 square metres (30,408 square feet), which is a plot large enough to build two standard villas, or the floor size of 20 medium-to-large apartments – would be needed in full.
Sr Caravaca pieced together 8,967 different photos taken from the same mountaintop, the Cabezo de la Fuente.
In the photo, practically the whole of Murcia's coast can be seen including the whole of the Mar Menor and La Manga, the La Manga Club resort, the Las Cenizas mountain, the seaside town of Cabo de Palos, and the beaches of Calblanque, including the nudist ones.
The town furthest away which can be seen on the photo is Aledo, at 75 kilometres (48 miles) from where the cameraman stood.
The photo shown here is just a fragment of the final work by Carlos Caravaca taken from the Gigapan website.