25 Years After Chernobyl

Today is the 25 year anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, so we’re taking another look back at the high-resolution imagery of the whole area that Google uploaded for the 20th anniversary of the events of 26 April 1986. In our…

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Tuesday, 26th April 2011

The World’s Largest Blue Holes

The term “blue hole” is given to sinkholes filled with water where the entrance is below the surface; but they are perhaps more accurately described as “vertical caves”. These caves were formed through normal erosion until the end of the…

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Friday, 15th April 2011

6 Years of Google Sightseeing

Unbelievably (for us at least) today is the sixth anniversary of the the first ever post on Google Sightseeing, which was an aerial view of a MIckey Mouse-shaped lake at Disney World, Florida1. We’re very glad to still be here,…

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Wednesday, 6th April 2011

England’s Crop Art and the World’s Largest Jellyfish

In the early Summer of 2009, England’s annual crop art season got underway in spectacular fashion with one of the most impressive creations ever to grace a Barley field – a gargantuan 250m long, 60m wide Jellyfish that appeared one…

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Tuesday, 5th April 2011

The rise and fall of “B of the Bang”

Back in 2005, when Google Sightseeing was brand new, we were desperate for Google to add aerial images of Manchester and catch a glimpse of the UK’s tallest sculpture, B of the Bang. It’s now six years since the unveiling,…

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Monday, 7th February 2011

The Gum Wall

In Post Alley, Seattle, there is a brick wall that has become one of the most bizarre tourist destinations we’ve ever encountered – and here on Google Sightseeing we’ve encountered some really bizarre ones. Post Alley happens to be where…

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Friday, 5th November 2010
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Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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