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Spinnaker Tower

Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower is like a giant sail on the dock. It was supposed to be a millennium project but only opened last year and as you can see it is still under construction in the Google Maps photo. There’s…

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Tuesday, 14th February 2006

Southend Pier

This is Southend Pier in Southend-on-Sea, England. At a staggering 2,158 metres, it is officially the world’s longest pleasure pier. Work began in 1887, and at the peak of its popularity in 1949, Southend Pier had 7 million visitors. Southend…

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Friday, 10th February 2006

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

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

Rosyth Royal Navy Dockard

Between 1984 and 1993 Rosyth Royal Navy Dockard was the UK’s sole location for refitting our nuclear submarines. These days the dockyard still does work on Royal Navy ships and is also the storage location for seven of the eleven…

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Wednesday, 11th January 2006

Ocean Plug Holes

Just off the east coast off Spain lies this collection of holes in the Mediterranean. They’re used to drain the Atlantic, which allows for regular cleaning of the sea-bed. Honestly. OK, so I have absolutely no idea what they are.…

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Thursday, 5th January 2006

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

Greenland (Island week 6)

It’s surprises me that in 6 years of island-themed posts, and our frequently-documented obsession with all things “largest”, that the…

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…

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