Buildings

The Sultan of Brunei

The ostentatious Istana Nurul Iman palace is the official residence of the one-time richest man on the planet, the Sultan of Brunei. Arguably this is the largest residential palace in the world, and possibly even the largest residence of any…

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Monday, 16th October 2006

Shekou Sea World

Back in 1962 France launched a ship named Ancerville, which was purchased by the People’s Republic of China in 1973 and renamed Minghua. 10 years later the ship was permanently berthed at Shekou, Shenzhen, where she was refurbished and rebranded…

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Thursday, 12th October 2006

Fort Boyard

Brand new on Google Maps/Earth this week is Fort Boyard, located between the Île d’Oléron and the Île-d’Aix in the Pertuis d’Antioche straits, on the west coast of France. It was designed to bridge the gap between the two islands,…

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Thursday, 5th October 2006

Floating Brothels

Thanks to this weekend’s Google Maps image update, we can now see the whole of the Netherlands in high-resolution. That’s everything in the whole country covered. Everything! Including these floating brothels on the river Vecht, Utrecht. This is the infamous…

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Tuesday, 12th September 2006

Mosque of Hassan II

Built on reclaimed land within Casablanca, Morocco is the Mosque of Hassan II – the second largest religious monument in the world. Work started in 1986 to celebrate the 60th Birthday of Morocco’s then king, Hassan II. The most impressive…

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Saturday, 9th September 2006

Island of the Dead (Island Week)

At first glance Hart Island in the Long Island Sound, New York, seems a rather inconspicuous little island. Dig a little deeper… and things get a little more disturbing. In 1869 Hart Island was established as the City’s public cemetery…

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Thursday, 31st August 2006

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