Buildings

Cathedrals of Florence and Milan

The Cathedral (Duomo) of Florence is officially called Santa Maria del Fiore and is the end result of years of work spanning various architectural styles. The original building was started by a sculptor in 1296, then Filippo Brunelleschi added the…

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Friday, 13th January 2006

Kastellet, Copenhagen

This is the 341-year-old Kastellet in Copenhagen, Denmark – one of the best preserved fortifications in Northern Europe. King Christian IV originally had the star-shaped island built to house a castle for him to hide in (should the need arise),…

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Thursday, 12th January 2006

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

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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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On June 30, 1859, The Great Charles Blondin became the first person to cross the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope.…

On this day: Independence Day

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On this day: The SS United States Started Across the Atlantic

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