St Petersburg UNESCO World Heritage Site – Part Two: Forts and Fortresses

Continuing our exploration of one of the world’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Sites, we’ll visit some of the structures built to defend the Russian city of St Petersburg over the past few centuries, beginning with the area of the Baltic…

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Wednesday, 5th June 2013

Portmeirion & The Prisoner

Portmeirion is a small resort village in North Wales famous for its Italianate architecture, and for being the setting for a sinister late-1960s TV show called The Prisoner, which starred Patrick McGoohan as “Number Six”. Portmeirion was created by Sir…

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Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

Spaceport America: The world’s first commercial spaceport

In southern New Mexico, the world’s first commercial spaceport – Spaceport America – has been built as a launch facility for private space ventures, including Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space tourism initiative. After a couple of decades of fundraising…

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Thursday, 14th March 2013

England’s Model Villages

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, villages were constructed by English industrialists and landowners to provide housing close to factories or estates for the workers and their families. One of the most well known is Saltaire in West Yorkshire,…

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Tuesday, 5th March 2013

Sculptures by Jonathan Borofsky

Jonathan Borofsky (b. 1942) is an American sculptor and printmaker who is best known for his Hammering Man series of kinetic sculptures which are installed in various cities around the world (some of which we visited briefly in 2006). Today,…

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Wednesday, 13th February 2013

Sochi Winter Olympics Preview

February 7th marks one year until the opening ceremony1 of the 22nd Winter Olympics, taking place in Sochi in Russia’s far southwest. with the 11th Winter Paralympics starting a month later. We’ll preview the eleven competition venues, beginning with the…

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Thursday, 7th February 2013

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.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Decadent Dubai on hold

Here at Google Sightseeing we’re fond of the excesses that are common in the oil-rich city of Dubai.1 Before the…

Top 5 Busiest Airports of 2011

Spend any time browsing Google Maps or Earth and you’ll soon spot an airport – they’re usually easy to spot…

Via Appia Antica

Via Appia (The Appian Way) was one of the earliest Roman Roads, running south-east of the Italian capital towards Brindisi.…

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