Monuments

Island Monument Mystery (Island Week 3)

It’s Island Week 3 here at GSS, which means we’ll mostly be posting about Islands. It’ll probably last about a week. Here in the Mentawai Islands of West Sumatra, Indonesia there is a tiny, seemingly unnamed, almost totally-forested island. The…

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Friday, 5th September 2008

Lindisfarne (Island week 3)

It’s Island Week 3 here at GSS, which means we’ll mostly be posting about Islands. It’ll probably last about a week. Lindisfarne is a tidal island, off the north-east coast of England, which thanks to having been home to a…

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Wednesday, 3rd September 2008

The Shwedagon Pagoda

This incredibly shiny building is the Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the “Golden Pagoda” (for obvious reasons) and it is the most frequented religious site in Burma (officially the Union of Myanmar), as Buddhists believe it contains relics of the…

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Thursday, 14th August 2008

The Demise of Bennie the Smoking Dinosaur

Long-time GSS readers may recall the story of Bennie the Dinosaur, who we originally spotted way back in February 2006. Bennie was originally employed as the mascot for a now-defunct chain of cigarette shops and in his lifetime had moved…

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Wednesday, 13th August 2008

Potala Palace, Tibet

This is the huge Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, which used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama (the spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people), until the current 14th Dalai Lama fled in 1959 following a…

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Tuesday, 12th August 2008

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

On this day, August 6, in 1945 – the first nuclear weapon to be used in war was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The bomb, Little Boy, was released at 8:15 local time by the American B-29 bomber…

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Wednesday, 6th August 2008

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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

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…

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

Piton de la Fournaise (Volcano Week 7)

On the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean, there are two volcanoes: Piton des Neiges has been inactive for…

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