Buildings

On this day: The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace Was Consecrated

On this day in 1990, the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in  Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) was consecrated by Pope John Paul II.  The largest Church in Africa (and maybe the world, depending what criteria you look at) has…

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Wednesday, 10th September 2014

On this day: International Skyscraper Day

We’re not sure who decided this, but September 3rd is International Skyscraper Day. What better excuse for a gratuitous view of the World’s Tallest Building, the Burj Khalifa, which we posted a detailed look at last year. If you happen…

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Wednesday, 3rd September 2014

On this day: Elvis Met The Beatles

On August 27, 1965, Elvis Presley met The Beatles at his L.A. mansion. The English quartet were on a break from their US tour, and manager Brian Epstein negotiated with Col Tom Parker for them to meet The King. After…

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Wednesday, 27th August 2014

On this day: The Royal Alexandra Theatre Opened

One more curtain call … the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto opened on this day in 1907, making it the longest continually operating theatre in North America. Even with a budget to build ‘the finest theatre on the continent’, the…

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Tuesday, 26th August 2014

My 200th Post – A Look Back

Almost six years ago I wrote a brief article for Google Sightseeing. Today marks my 200th full-length1 post, so I’m indulging myself with a look back at a few of my personal favourites. My first post was about the National…

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Friday, 22nd August 2014

On this day: The Mona Lisa Was Stolen

Call Inspector Clouseau! On August 21, 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. The case was a mystery for two years until the thief (a museum employee who believed the painting belonged in Italy) was discovered when attempting…

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Thursday, 21st August 2014
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Previously on Google Sightseeing

On this day: The Golden Gate Bridge Opened

On May 27, 1937, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opened, with around 200,000 people walking or roller-skating across on the…

On this day: The Vauxhall Bridge Opened

On May 26, 1906, the new Vauxhall Bridge across the Thames in London opened. This was five years later than…

On this day: The Main Branch of the NY Public Library Opened

On May 23, 1911, the imposing Main Branch of the New York Public Library was opened to the public, with…

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