Buildings

Ontario’s namesakes

As Canada is a relatively young country, many of its towns and cities were named by immigrants wanting to retain memories of their homelands. This can quite often lead to amusing comparisons between the original location and the (usually smaller)…

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Thursday, 10th November 2011

Valleys of Valais: Lötschental and Belalp

The Street View trike’s been at it again, this time in the Swiss Alps visiting the slopes of eleven different alpine resort areas to put you right in the middle of slopes of famed ski resorts, towering mountains, and bucolic trails. Join us for a look at two beautiful valleys in the canton of Valais that surround the largest glacier in the Alps.

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Friday, 14th October 2011

Naypyidaw, An Unconventional Capital

In 2005, the military government of Burma (Myanmar) made one of its most curious moves yet when it gave its ministerial officials less than a day’s notice that they were to pack up and move to a new capital almost 400 km north of the old capital, Rangoon, under threat of arrest or imprisonment. The government had secretly been constructing a capital in the middle of the nowhere called Naypyidaw; a way for the government to escape the congestion and chaos of Rangoon in a purpose-built capital in which everything would be under their control. Naypyidaw covers a sprawling 4,800 km2 – that’s 78 times the size of Manhattan!

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Wednesday, 5th October 2011

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 recent recession, money flowed so freely that even utilitarian structures were built larger than anywhere else on the planet. One…

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Friday, 23rd September 2011

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 thanks to their massive size. To save you some browsing time, we’ve put together a brand new list of 2011’s…

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Tuesday, 20th September 2011

MLB Stadium Tour – National League

With the regular season winding down and the postseason approaching, it is time to conclude our look at some of the more unusual features of MLB ballparks. We looked at the American League back in July, so now it’s time…

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Tuesday, 13th September 2011

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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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