Monuments

Daisen-Kofun

Nestled in the bustling city of Osaka lie many kofun – keyhole shaped and mounded tombs or tumuli – the largest of which is Daisen-Kofun. Daisen-Kofun is the resting place of Emperor Nintoku who ruled Japan in the early 5th…

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Tuesday, 16th December 2008

The Half-Scale World Trade Center Tower

In Tulsa, Oklahoma you can see the Bank of Oklahoma tower, which is a near-exact half-scale replica of the World Trade Center towers in New York City which were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. Completed three years after the WTC…

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Wednesday, 3rd December 2008

Missing Dictator Special

“He’s not dead, he’s, he’s … resting!” Apologies for the Monty Python reference, but it rings true for a couple of Communism’s stalwarts. In Cuba, the Plaza de la Revolución (Revolution Square) no longer bears witness to marathon speeches from…

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Friday, 28th November 2008

Fauld Explosion

During WWII, the RAF used the old plaster mine at Fauld, England, as storage for up to 20,000 tons of ammunition. 64 years ago today, on the 27th November 1944, the underground ammunition store blew up. The explosion was to…

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Thursday, 27th November 2008

Hyperboloid Towers

Vladimir Shukhov was a Russian engineer, scientist and architect whose pioneering structural engineering work led to the design of the world’s first hyperboloid structures. In mathematics, a hyperboloid is a quadric (“a D-dimensional hypersurface defined as the locus of zeros…

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Friday, 21st November 2008

Rhoose Point, Wales

Rhoose Point is the southernmost point of mainland Wales. The point is marked by a 4m standing stone monument surrounded by a stone circle. The stone was erected in 2000 by the company reclaiming the quarry and surrounding land for…

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Thursday, 20th November 2008

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: Napoleon Died In Exile on Saint Helena

On May 5, 1821, Napoleon died on Saint Helena. Following his defeat in the Battle of Waterloo six years earlier,…

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

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