Friday, 15th August 2014 by Ian Brown
At the turn of the millennium, an effort was launched by a Swiss foundation to identify the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World’, through a “decidedly unscientific” polling method allowing the public to vote – online or by phone – for their favourites from 200 locations. Among the many criticisms the campaign faced was the fact that the only surviving Wonder of the Ancient World should have to compete alongside much newer sites. As a result, the Great Pyramid of Giza (Photosphere by Andrey Ilyin) was granted an honorary place on the list, meaning that eight locations were eventually chosen.
Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen was born on this day in 1910. His most famous work is probably the Gateway Arch in St Louis, though he has worked on many significant buildings, and was a noted contemporary…
Thursday, 31st July 2014 by Kyle Kusch
Europe plays host to some of the planet’s most breathtaking mountain vistas. Much of this wonderful scenery is accessible relatively easily by vehicle – and therefore by Street View! In this entry, we count down the five highest paved roads on the continent.
Thursday, 24th July 2014 by Ian Brown
The roster of the world’s tallest statues is dominated by Buddhist figures, with most of the top ten (actually 11 because of a tie) being representations of the Buddha or Guanyin. While we’ve looked at Very Large Buddhas twice before , updated imagery means it’s time for an expanded look at the world of colossal statuary of all kinds. Unfortunately, if anything the current satellite view of the largest – the Spring Temple Buddha in China – is less clear than it was when we first looked at it, though it does have an impressive shadow.
Wednesday, 16th July 2014 by Ian Brown
Natural arches – also known as natural bridges – are formed when relatively soft rock is worn away by the action of tides, rivers or weather erosion, leaving behind a bridge-like structure of harder rock. Although there are thousands around the world, most are in remote areas unlikely ever to be visible by ground-level Google imagery (and overhead satellite views usually don’t reveal the arch). We can, however, take a look at the few that are visible on Street View, beginning with Durdle Door on the south coast of England.
Thursday, 26th June 2014 by Ian Brown
Perhaps skip reading this post if you don’t have a head for heights – today we’re heading up to look at the scenery from a few observation towers that have been visited by Google’s Street View cameras. First up, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which overlooks the Champ de Mars.
Wednesday, 11th June 2014 by Ian Brown
After much controversy around construction delays, worker deaths and civil unrest over the cost of the event and other issues, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will get underway in Brazil on Thursday, with a game between the host nation and Croatia at the Arena de São Paulo (AKA Corinthians Arena). Google recently released Street View coverage of all the stadiums, allowing us to see them from pitch level.
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This summer, communities around North America are marking the two-hundredth anniversary of the start of the War of 18121. Perceptions…