Structures

Thames Barrier

This is the bizarre-looking Thames Barrier on the River Thames, London. Opened in the 1980s, the barrier is designed to protect London’s low-lying areas from flooding, and is the world’s second-largest movable flood barrier (after the Oosterscheldekering in the Netherlands…

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Wednesday, 18th January 2006

Osborne’s Bull

Here you can see the shadow of one of Spain’s famous Osborne bull signs. The Osborne sherry company placed these huge silhouettes of their logo on hills near major roads throughout Spain, and although there was a law passed which…

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Friday, 13th January 2006

Kastellet, Copenhagen

This is the 341-year-old Kastellet in Copenhagen, Denmark – one of the best preserved fortifications in Northern Europe. King Christian IV originally had the star-shaped island built to house a castle for him to hide in (should the need arise),…

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Thursday, 12th January 2006

Giant Egg Thing?

Can anyone figure out what on earth this giant egg-like thing is, near Acton, Massachusetts? Update: As ever our readers have come to the rescue, and it seems that this is the Annursnac Hill Reservoir, a covered water storage facility…

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Thursday, 29th December 2005

Herrenhausen Gardens

The Royal Herrenhausen Gardens comprises of the Grosser Garten, Georgengarten, Welfengarten and Berggarten. I’m not much of a garden expert but apparently the most important movements in the garden arts can be found here: French Baroque, the English landscape garden…

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Thursday, 15th December 2005

Taum Sauk Reservoir Bursts

It seems that the reservoir of the Taum Sauk pumped storage plant in Missouri burst today. The reservoir sits on top of Proffit Mountain, some 800 feet above the hydroelectric plant, and when a section of the reservoir collapsed, it…

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Wednesday, 14th December 2005

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

Rock ‘n’ Roll R.I.P.s

The world has a certain reverential (or just morbid) fascination with the death sites of famous musicians. The pantheon of dead music legends is far too great (and depressing) to capture in just one article, but here’s a look at just some of the famous/infamous places where great talents have met untimely ends.

Google Boat View

A few years ago it was a common joke to suggest that Google would follow the success of Street View…

Google Sea View

Not content with covering almost every road in the world, Google have partnered with the University of Queensland to produce…

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