Buildings

Masonic Temples Around the World

Freemasonry is the world’s largest and oldest fraternity. It’s also sort of hard to define. It’s a fraternal organisation, but it’s also bound up with ideas of morals, charity, and social gatherings.1 For centuries, Masons have taken pride in constructing…

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Friday, 23rd July 2010

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

This gleaming expanse of white marble is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It is particularly gleaming, and spectacularly white, because the $2billion no-expense-spared project entailed shipping in the purest white stone known to man, all the way from…

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Tuesday, 20th July 2010

Global Vipassana Pagoda

The Global Vipassana Pagoda, found north of Mumbai in India, is a copy of the Shwedagon Pagoda visited by Google Sightseeing a couple of years ago, though somewhat more restrained with regards to the ‘bling’ factor. The reduced attention to…

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Thursday, 1st July 2010

The Atacama Desert – Another World

We previously featured the fascinating Atacama Desert in 2008′s desert week, but to round off this year’s Desert Week we’ve decided to take another tour for those that missed this unique location the first time around. The Atacama desert in…

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Monday, 28th June 2010

The Tabernas Desert

You might not think you’ve heard of the Tabernas Desert before, but if you’ve ever seen a spaghetti western, then you almost certainly have. Located in the south of Spain, the protected wilderness area features three seperate wild west villages,…

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Tuesday, 22nd June 2010

Exploring Hong Kong with Google Street View (Part 2)

In our previous exploration of Hong Kong, we looked at how a map of Hong Kong doesn’t give you a good sense of the city’s terrain. There are lots of islands, lots of hills and mountains, scattered neighbourhoods, and plenty…

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Tuesday, 15th June 2010

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

Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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