On this day: Mount Pelée Erupted

On May 8, 1902, Martinique’s Mount Pelée erupted. The lava flow from the volcano completely destroyed the town of St. Pierre, killing almost all of its 30,000 inhabitants.

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Thursday, 8th May 2014

The contradictory position of satellite censorship

In the early days of online mapping, sensitive locations were often censored for security reasons. Examples include military installations, government buildings, royal residences, prisons, power plants and more. However in many cases blurring happened on one service but not another.…

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Thursday, 8th May 2014

On this day: The Palace of Versailles was Inaugurated

On May 7, 1664, the Palace of Versailles was inaugurated by King Louis XIV. It served as the centre of political and royal power until the start of the revolution in 1789. Given how opulent it is, and the living…

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Wednesday, 7th May 2014

On this day: The Eiffel Tower Opened

On May 6, 1889, the Eiffel Tower was opened to the public. Serving as the entry gate to the World’s Fair, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest man-made structure in the world for the next 41 years. With around 7…

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Tuesday, 6th May 2014

On this day: Napoleon Died In Exile on Saint Helena

On May 5, 1821, Napoleon died on Saint Helena. Following his defeat in the Battle of Waterloo six years earlier, the British had imprisoned Napoleon on this South Atlantic island. As he still believed he was an emperor he complained…

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Monday, 5th May 2014

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 island for close to a year, and having been forced to abdicate the throne, Mary escaped but promptly lost a…

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Friday, 2nd May 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.

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Graveyards in Parking Lots

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