Monuments

Hampi

The village of Hampi is a site of Hindu pilgrimage and the location of the former capital city of the Vijayanagara empire. Its temples and ruins are a World Heritage Site collectively known as The Group of Monuments at Hampi.…

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Wednesday, 10th March 2010

Trick of the Eye (Trompe l’oeil)

Trompe-l’œil, or Trick of the Eye, is a long-established art technique where an artist uses very realistic imagery to create the illusion that the things shown in the image are actually three dimensional. The technique has been popularised on the…

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Wednesday, 17th February 2010

20 Years of a Free Nelson Mandela

Exactly 20 years ago today, on the 11th February 1990, the anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was released from a 27-year incarceration in an event that was broadcast live all over the world. The South African courts convicted Mandela on charges…

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Thursday, 11th February 2010

Monumental Wannabes

If you’ve ever dreamt of travelling the world to see the world’s most famous landmarks, but couldn’t afford to finance the big trip, perhaps you might consider visiting one of the many not-so-famous sites that attempt to replicate those better-known…

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Wednesday, 6th January 2010

World’s Largest Christmas Shop

To get us in the holiday spirit, let’s pay a visit to the world’s largest Christmas shop – Bronner’s in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Officially named Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland (including the emphasis on “Christ”), the statistics are mind-boggling: The building is 29,700…

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Monday, 21st December 2009

Street View Public Vote: UK Results

Over the past few days, Google have added a huge amount of new Street View content, covering many places in Singapore and Canada. Google have also included a whole raft of new imagery captured by the Street View Trike, covering…

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Tuesday, 8th December 2009

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

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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