Africa

The Great Mosque of Djenné

Here in the city of Djenné, Mali stands the Great Mosque of Djenné, which is the largest mud brick building in the world. The first mosque was built on this site in the 13th century, but was later demolished, so…

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Tuesday, 18th March 2008

Seal Island

This small rocky outcrop off the coast of South Africa is Seal Island, which is named for the thousands of Cape Fur Seals that occupy it, and famous for the unique marine drama that unfolds here. At various times of…

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Wednesday, 13th February 2008

Mysterious Self-Destructing Palm Tree

Scientists working with Kew gardens have today announced their discovery of a massive “self-destructing palm tree” in Madagascar. The tree has a bizarre unusual reproductive cycle, whereby after around 50 years of growth, the process of flowering actually kills the…

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Thursday, 17th January 2008

Google Sightseeing Safari

There have been many creatures found on Google Earth, but the most impressive ones are mostly there as part of the National Geographic African Megaflyover Project, which brought us thousands of super-high-resolution aerial photographs of Africa. So to highlight the…

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Friday, 9th November 2007

The Longest Trains in the World

Despite being widely touted as the longest trains in the world, the up-to 2.5 kilometre-long freight trains which bring iron ore to Nouadhibou, Mauritania may not be particularly unique in their length. On the day these images were captured, the…

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Thursday, 1st November 2007

Angelina Jolie’s Geocache Tattoo

Everything “geo” is so trendy right now that you can’t turn around twice with someone geocoding this or placemarking that. In fact it’s so trendy that even Hollywood actresses are getting in on the act with Angelina Jolie’s latest tattoo…

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Thursday, 24th May 2007
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Previously on Google Sightseeing

On this day: The Mona Lisa Was Stolen

Call Inspector Clouseau! On August 21, 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. The case was a mystery…

On this day: Eero Saarinen Was Born

Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen was born on this day in 1910. His most famous work is probably the Gateway Arch…

On this day: St Isaac’s Cathedral Was Inaugurated

On August 19, 1768, St Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg was inaugurated. An estimated ten thousand tree trunks were embedded…

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