Structures

World’s Longest Staircase

The longest staircase in the world can be found on the slopes of Mount Niesen in the Swiss Alps. The 11,674 steps run alongside the Niesenbahn funicular which travels from the side of the Kander river in Mülenen (altitude 693m)…

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Friday, 30th January 2009

World’s Largest Cowboy Boots & Hat

There are a few contenders for the World’s Largest Cowboy Boots. The best claim perhaps belongs to this pair, which stands 12m tall, outside the North Star Mall in San Antonio, Texas. Tall as they are, they’re barely visible from…

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Thursday, 29th January 2009

The Very Large Array

Sprawled across the Plains of San Augustin in New Mexico is the Very Large Array – a Y-shaped radio astronomy observatory made up of 27 independent dish antennas. The scale of the VLA operation is quite remarkable- each dish is…

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Monday, 26th January 2009

World’s Largest Weather Vane

The world’s largest weather vane can be found in Yukon, alongside the runway at Whitehorse airport, in the unusual form of a DC-3 plane. After 28 years of service, mostly among Canada’s northern communities, the plane was retired in 1970…

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Wednesday, 21st January 2009

Plane Wash

Have you ever wondered how they get planes clean? Well at Heathrow we can see the plane cleaning crews hard at work, but for some reason it’s the wet outlines of absent planes that are the most interesting. Anyone who…

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Tuesday, 13th January 2009

The world’s largest Russian doll

Matryoshkas, or Russian dolls, are sets of wooden figures of decreasing sizes placed one inside the other. With a Russian name and a long Russian history, you might be slightly surprised to discover that the world’s largest Russian doll, is…

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Thursday, 8th 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

Unguja, Zanzibar (Island Week 6)

The name ‘Zanzibar’ evokes an air of exotic wonder. For thousands of years, this archipelago off the coast of East…

Happy 50th Anniversary Doctor Who!

Whovians everywhere are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their favourite time traveller. Doctor Who first aired on the BBC on…

Uunartoq Qeqertaq (Island Week 6)

We often hear that global warming and rising sea levels will lead to the disappearance of low-lying islands such as…

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