Buildings

Kokyo

The Japanese Imperial Palace is called Kokyo and is regarded as the heart and soul of Tokyo. The Imperial Palace is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls…

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Monday, 2nd January 2006

Celeb Spotting

Possibly the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan’s 29,000-square-foot estate near Chicago features a basketball court (of course) as well as a tennis court and putting green. Loads more info and pictures here. Bill Gates’ 40,000-square-foot mansion in…

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Saturday, 24th December 2005

Weekend in Dublin

My slackness in posting any sights so far this week is entirely the fault of the Edinburgh design agency where I work, who insisted on taking us all to Dublin this past weekend for our Christmas party! Anyway, the Guinness…

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Thursday, 22nd December 2005

Campidoglio, Rome

The Campidoglio is located on the most important of Rome’s seven hills and features an equestrian bronze of the “philosopher emperor”, Marcus Aurelius, which is the prototype for all modern equestrian sculpture. The piazza was designed by Michelangelo and, athough…

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Friday, 16th December 2005

Coral Gables Venetian Pool

In 1924 this former coral rock quarry near Miami was transformed into Coral Gables Venetian Pool, complete with cascading waterfalls, coral rock caves and a palm-fringed island. Apparently it is the only pool in the US to be included in…

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Friday, 16th December 2005

Ancient Roman City

One of many ancient roman cities in West Tripoli, Libya features an impressive amphitheatre. Much of this city, which is just north of the Libyan Museum of ancient history, is still to be excavated. Thanks: Mahmoud Swed

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Monday, 12th December 2005

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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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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