Monuments

The Fovant Badges

High on green hillsides overlooking the village of Fovant in Wiltshire, a dozen giant logos – some more than 50 metres across – can be seen carved into the chalk. These designs date back to the first world war, when…

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Monday, 3rd August 2009

Telephone Boxes

The humble red telephone kiosk is a much loved British icon, thanks to a long history on the streets of the United Kingdom. Today there are a fraction of the number there once were, but they are still a common…

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Friday, 24th July 2009

Very Large Buddhas (Redux)

The world of gargantuan statuary has changed considerably since we published the original Very Large Buddhas post just over 3 years ago. The title of world’s largest statue is now held by the Spring Temple Buddha in Henan, China. The…

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Thursday, 16th July 2009

The True Story of London Bridge

This rather innocuous-looking bridge over the River Thames is the latest in a long line of bridges to stand on this spot and lay claim to the name London Bridge. This current bridge opened in 1973, but a bridge has…

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Wednesday, 15th July 2009

Bastille Day

Today, the fourteenth of July, is the French national holiday that is known in English as Bastille day. The Bastille, a Parisian prison, was stormed on this day in 1789. Along with the Tennis Court Oath, it was the successful…

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Tuesday, 14th July 2009

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

This is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, or to give it its full Welsh name, Traphont Ddŵr Pontcysyllte1, which carries the Llangollen Canal over the valley of the River Dee in north east Wales, and which has recently been recognised as one…

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Tuesday, 7th July 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

World’s Largest Graffiti? Not even close.

Doing the rounds on the mainstream sites this week has been the story of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan…

The Street Art of Newtown, Sydney

Newtown is an inner suburb of Sydney, New South Wales and is one of that city’s major cultural and artistic centres. The suburb is renowned for its graffiti and street art, and since the 1980s all sorts of murals, drawings and paintings, both legal and illegal, have been popping up all over the neighbourhood.

South Sudan

It’s not every day that a new country is created, but that’s what happened on July 9th 2011 when The…

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