On this day: The Mona Lisa Was Stolen

Call Inspector Clouseau! On August 21, 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. The case was a mystery for two years until the thief (a museum employee who believed the painting belonged in Italy) was discovered when attempting…

Posted by
Thursday, 21st August 2014

On this day: Eero Saarinen Was Born

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 furniture designer in the…

Posted by
Wednesday, 20th August 2014

On this day: St Isaac’s Cathedral Was Inaugurated

On August 19, 1768, St Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg was inaugurated. An estimated ten thousand tree trunks were embedded in the swampy ground to provide a stable base for the immense structure. Unfortunately the primitive spray-painting method used to…

Posted by
Tuesday, 19th August 2014

On this day: The Last Day of Woodstock

On this day 45 years ago, the Woodstock festival wrapped up on Max Yasgur’s farm, with bands playing through the night, including Crosby, Still, Nash and Young. Although the crowd had peaked at around 400,000 during the weekend, when Jimi…

Posted by
Monday, 18th August 2014

The New Seven(ish) Wonders of the World

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 –…

Posted by
Friday, 15th August 2014

On this day: Tivoli Gardens Opened

On August 15, 1843, Tivoli Gardens opened in Copenhagen. One of the oldest surviving theme parks in the world, this lovely enclave from a bustling city has something for everyone – rollercoasters and fairground attractions, gardens and restaurants, theatres and…

Posted by
Friday, 15th August 2014

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

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.

Could you be one of our authors? We're looking for more freelance writers - please get in touch for more information.

Previously on Google Sightseeing

Ho Ho Ho! Giant Santas!

T’was the week before Christmas … which means it must be time for Google Sightseeing to pay our traditional annual…

Revisiting The World’s Largest Christmas Shop

Four years ago we paid a visit to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan – the largest Christmas-themed shop in…

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

To celebrate the holiday season this year we’ll take a look at Christmas Trees, whose “leaves are so unchanging. Not…

Recent Comments

  1. Danny Nicholson: I cannot see normal Americans visiting this place as The U.S. is hated by this country. I would be...
  2. Tammo: Desert week condensed into a single post these days ;) Great stuff though :)
  3. Ian Brown: Sorry, D. King, we get a lot of spam on the site and while most of it gets caught, the occasional one gets...
  4. D. King: What does this have to do with blimp or airship bases?
  5. Tammo: While I’m glad that you mentioned the Rendsburg High Bridge … it DID deprive me of the chance of...

Advertisement