Structures

Twisted Spires

A significant number of churches around Europe have twisted or crooked spires. While various legends account for the deformations, the more practical reality is that they are the result of either shortcomings in construction techniques, or intentional design. We’ll take…

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Wednesday, 12th September 2012

Revisiting Brasília

With this month’s release of brand-new Street View and 45° imagery throughout much of Brazil, we finally get a chance to take an up-close look at the stunning design of Brasília, the metropolis built in 1960 to serve as the new capital of Brazil.

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Thursday, 6th September 2012

The War of 1812 – USA

We recently took a look at important Canadian battlefield locations from the War of 1812, as well as a number of memorials. As a follow-up, here is a collection of equally-important sites in the USA, where the War covered a…

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Wednesday, 22nd August 2012

The Republic of San Marino

Holding the distinction of being both the oldest and the smallest republic in the world, the tiny, scenic country of San Marino is over 1,700 years old. Surrounded entirely by Italy, 32,000 residents are packed into 61 sq km (24 sq mi) in the middle of the Apennine Mountains.

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Wednesday, 18th July 2012

The Gobi Desert (Desert Week 2012)

The rain shadow caused by the massive bulk of the Himalayan mountains creates arid conditions for a huge distance to the east. The 1,600km (1,000 mile) long arc of the Gobi Desert spans the border between China and Mongolia; it…

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Monday, 9th July 2012

The World’s Longest Bridge

While we have looked at a number of very long bridges here on Google Sightseeing in the past1 generally they have all carried roads. Today, the longest bridge in the world, by far, is the Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge – a…

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Wednesday, 27th June 2012

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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

On this day: Tivoli Gardens Opened

On August 15, 1843, Tivoli Gardens opened in Copenhagen. One of the oldest surviving theme parks in the world, this…

The New Seven(ish) Wonders of the World

At the turn of the millennium, an effort was launched by a Swiss foundation to identify the ‘New 7 Wonders…

On this day: Cologne Cathedral Was Completed

Construction of Cologne Cathedral was completed on August 14, 1880 – finishing a process which started over 600 years earlier!…

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