Buildings

The Royal Albert Hall

This is the world famous Royal Albert Hall, London’s most famous concert venue. It’s the home of The Proms and the largest pipe organ in the UK. Opened in 1871, its official name is ‘The Royal Albert Hall of Arts…

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Wednesday, 24th August 2005

Tower Bridge and the Tower of London

Often incorrectly referred to as ‘London Bridge’, this is in fact Tower Bridge. There’s a story which claims that when American entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch bought the original London Bridge in 1968 and had it rebuilt in Lake Havasu City,…

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Tuesday, 23rd August 2005

Castle Frankenstein

This is Castle Frankenstein near Darmstadt, Germany, where a notorious scientist named Konrad Dippel supposedly conducted experiments on human bodies… No wonder then, that some people believe Castle Frankenstein may have inspired Mary Shelly‘s literary masterpiece, ‘Frankenstein‘. Thanks to Jens…

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Tuesday, 23rd August 2005

Navy Pier

Chicago’s Navy Pier host numerous entertainment facilities including a 148 ft Ferris Wheel, a 44ft high musical carousel with 36 hand-painted animals, the 1500 seat skyline stage, a 7 story Shakespeare theatre complex, an 18 hole mini-golf course, 2 museums…

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Monday, 22nd August 2005

Europe’s Largest Wooden Building

This is Eski Rum Yetimhanesi, on the island of Buyukada off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey. I can’t verify this as Wikipedia doesn’t seem to have any information, but apparently: it was built as a hotel, although it never received…

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Thursday, 18th August 2005

Brazilian Blimp

I didn’t spot this one at first glance, but there’s a blimp floating over São Paulo in Brazil. Does anyone know what the cool ‘S’ shaped building just to the east is? Thanks: MrManson, Renato Tassinari, Joso Aloysio

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Wednesday, 17th August 2005

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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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