Big Keys

On display outside a French High School, there’s what is claimed to be the world’s largest key. The key measures around 10.5 metres long, although may have lost its title earlier this year when Bethlehem claimed the crown1. It’s still…

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Friday, 29th August 2008

Oil Rocks

The Oil Rocks, 50km off the coast of Azerbaijan, is effectively a small city that has been constructed from interconnected oil platforms and residential areas, all sitting atop rocks, piles of sand and landfill. Back in 1949, the Oil Rocks…

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Wednesday, 27th August 2008

The Perfect Liberty Peace Tower

This bizarre tower is the Perfect Liberty Peace Tower in Tondabayashi, Japan, and from up here it looks like it might be constructed entirely from cotton-wool. Completed in 1970 this incredibly oddly-shaped tower stands at 180 m, and was actually…

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Tuesday, 19th August 2008

The Demise of Bennie the Smoking Dinosaur

Long-time GSS readers may recall the story of Bennie the Dinosaur, who we originally spotted way back in February 2006. Bennie was originally employed as the mascot for a now-defunct chain of cigarette shops and in his lifetime had moved…

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Wednesday, 13th August 2008

The Felix Centre

In the heart of the English countryside, running right down the middle of a field, is a densely packed residential street! The Live Search Maps images of the same area shows the resident’s cars parked on the street – not…

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Thursday, 7th August 2008

Google’s Street View Welcome Party

As the Street View car passed Google’s California head offices, the Googleplex, hundreds and hundreds of Google Employees came out to form a huge welcoming committee for the passing camera car. There’s loads of things to see, as many employees…

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Tuesday, 5th August 2008

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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Le Circuit de Reims-Gueux

First used in 1926, le Circuit de Reims-Gueux was a French Formula One and sports car racing circuit built on the public roads between the villages of Gueux and Thillois. The circuit hosted its first French Grand Prix in 1932 and continued to hold the event until 1966. The track closed for good in 1972, but the roads are still in place, and many traces of the old circuit can still be found, including the pit stalls, paddock, and spectator bleachers.

Lærdalstunnelen, The World’s Longest Road Tunnel

Faced with the challenge of building a year-round road to connect Norway’s two largest cities (Bergen and Oslo), through a…

Airship Hangars Around The World

From the late 19th century to the period between the World Wars, hundreds of airship hangars were built in Western…

Hurtigruten (The Express Route)

Here at Google Sightseeing we love a chance to create a post about the scenic wonders of Norway1. Today we…

Floating Bridges

Floating bridges, while often temporary structures used in times of war or disaster, can also be used long-term in locations…

Recent Comments

  1. D. King: Apparently I was close, but still a bit off the mark. There IS a base on Lake Constance (Bodensee), but it...
  2. Bob: There is a Marine Corps air station with two dirigible hangars in Tustin, CA. https://maps.google.com/map...
  3. Ian: Thanks Tammo – I was aware of it but didn’t include it because it’s not visible.
  4. Ian: Excellent, thanks for all the links everyone!
  5. Tammo: Best Streetview of the one in Sicily is probably from across the water: https://www.google.com/maps...

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