Buildings

The Pantheon

The Pantheon in Rome was originally built as a temple to the seven deities of the seven planets in the Roman state religion, but has been a Christian church since the 7th century. It is the best-preserved of all Roman…

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Sunday, 19th February 2006

Atomium

This is the incredible Atomium in Brussels, Belgium. It is (if you hadn’t already guessed…) a 103-metre-tall representation of “a unit cell of an iron crystal” magnified 165 billion times. This thing is huge – it’s 16 metres taller than…

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Friday, 17th February 2006

The Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building (actually the Fuller Building) is one of New York’s most distinctive sights, and when they finished constructing it in 1902, it was one of the city’s tallest buildings (although 87 metres seems pretty tiny these days). At…

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Thursday, 16th February 2006

Bridgewater Hall

Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall was designed by Arup in conjunction with the University of Salford. As a city centre concert venue it has been entirely mounted on springs to alleviate noise from the nearby tramline. Look to the north of the…

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Friday, 3rd February 2006

Mexico City Megapost

Mexico City is the capital city of Mexico and the second largest “Megacity” in the world after the Tokyo area. After centuries of pre-Columbian civilization, Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés first arrived in the area of Mexico City in 1519. He…

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Sunday, 29th January 2006

The World’s Tallest Buildings

You would think that deciding on the world’s tallest building would be pretty simple: get a big measuring tape, measure the buildings, biggest one wins. Easy, huh? Well, apparently not. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat have defined…

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Wednesday, 25th January 2006

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

On this day: The Corinth Canal Opened

On July 25, 1893, the Corinth Canal in Greece opened. Envisioned for millennia, the waterway was cut through rock to…

On this day: The Menin Gate Was Unveiled

On July 24, 1927, the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing was unveiled in Ypres, Belgium. The Gate commemorates soldiers…

Top Ten World’s Tallest Statues

The roster of the world’s tallest statues is dominated by Buddhist figures, with most of the top ten (actually 11…

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