Monuments

Berlin Luftbrücke

In 1948 the Soviet Union occupied East Berlin as well as the East German territory surrounding the city, so the Allied controlled West Berlin was completely landlocked by Soviet control. When the Soviets blocked all rail, road and waterway traffic…

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Thursday, 5th January 2006

Grande Arche

The Grande Arche is a modern Parisian monument which mirrors the Arc de Triomphe. From above it has the appearance of a giant cube although it is in fact an arch, there’s good panoramas and pictures on From Paris. Thanks:…

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Wednesday, 21st December 2005

Campidoglio, Rome

The Campidoglio is located on the most important of Rome’s seven hills and features an equestrian bronze of the “philosopher emperor”, Marcus Aurelius, which is the prototype for all modern equestrian sculpture. The piazza was designed by Michelangelo and, athough…

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Friday, 16th December 2005

Soviet Cenotaph, Berlin

This is the Soviet Cenotaph in Treptower Park, Berlin. It was built under orders from Stalin to serve as a memorial to the 20,000 Soviet soldiers that died during the Battle of Berlin in 1945, and features a 13 metre-tall…

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Wednesday, 14th December 2005

Great Buddha of Kamakura

Right in the middle of our thumbnail, you can just make out the shape of the Great Buddha of Kamakura. Around 13 metres tall, the bronze statue is said to have been cast all the way back in 1252, and…

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Tuesday, 29th November 2005

Voortrekker Monument

The Voortrekker Monument was built in honour of the Voortrekkers (Pioneers), who left the Cape Colony in their thousands between 1835 and 1854. The monument was inaugurated on 16 December 1949, the anniversary of the “Battle of Blood River“, and…

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Friday, 18th November 2005

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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…

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…

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