Monuments

Auroville

Auroville is an experimental town and self-proclaimed “universal city in the making” near the South-Indian city of Puducherry1. Built around a massive gold-plated meditation dome known as the Matrimandir, Auroville was created in hopes that it would be a model…

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Tuesday, 5th May 2009

World’s Largest Sundial

Jantar Mantar is a centuries old astronomical observatory that sets the world’s record for the having the largest sundial, which stands at over 27 meters tall.

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Thursday, 23rd April 2009

This Earth Day, Spare a Tree

It’s Earth Day today, an event designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. To celebrate, we’re looking at the unlikely survival of a very tiny piece of nature in the heart of one of the world’s largest…

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Wednesday, 22nd April 2009

Google Sightseeing Turns Four

Unbelievable, but today is the 4th anniversary of the launch of Google Sightseeing! We shan’t bore you with a potted history – instead we’re revisiting a couple of sights from this day in 2005 to see how things have changed.…

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Monday, 6th April 2009

Saharan Stone Circle Mystery

Right in the middle of the Sahara desert, in the dunes of northern Niger, there’s a circle which is clearly not a natural formation. The circle itself is roughly 52 metres across, but if we zoom out a little, we…

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Monday, 16th March 2009

Obama Gets Personal Google Earth Update

Update: As expected, GeoEye has released the satellite image they took of the inauguration today. You can directly download a higher resolution [698KB] version too. Today, the 20th of January 2009, the USA inaugurates its 44th President: Mr Barack Obama.…

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Tuesday, 20th January 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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