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On this day: The first successful climb of an 8000m mountain

On June 3, 1950, French climbers Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal completed the first successful ascent of a mountain over 8,000m – Annapurna I. It would be 20 years until the feat was repeated. They received grand acclaim for their…

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Tuesday, 3rd June 2014

On this day: The First Known Ascent of Everest

On May 29, 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first known ascent of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. The question of whether a 1924 expedition succeeded will remain a mystery forever. Since then, and particularly in the…

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Thursday, 29th May 2014

Mount Everest no longer world’s highest mountain

Which is closer to the surface of the moon, the summit of Mount Everest or Ecuador? Contrary to popular belief, the answer is Ecuador, as the Earth isn’t a perfect sphere. As the Earth is constantly spinning, centrifugal force causes…

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Monday, 8th February 2010

Stupas Around The World

A stupa is a Buddhist monument, originally simple mounds believed to cover the remains of the Buddha. They have evolved over the centuries to be large, ornately decorated structures, and today there are hundreds of significant stupas around the world.…

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Wednesday, 29th October 2008

Mount Everest

On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary, who died on Friday, January 11 2008, became the first person, along with sherpa Tenzing Norgay, to climb Mount Everest. At 8,848m (29,029ft), it is the highest mountain in the world. Although not…

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Friday, 11th January 2008

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

London 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics (Part 1)

It may have escaped your attention, given the lack of publicity, but there is a large sporting event about to…

World’s Largest Graffiti? Not even close.

Doing the rounds on the mainstream sites this week has been the story of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan…

The Street Art of Newtown, Sydney

Newtown is an inner suburb of Sydney, New South Wales and is one of that city’s major cultural and artistic centres. The suburb is renowned for its graffiti and street art, and since the 1980s all sorts of murals, drawings and paintings, both legal and illegal, have been popping up all over the neighbourhood.

Recent Comments

  1. Ian Brown: And of course the day after this was posted I read that there is a possibility that there will soon be a...
  2. Ian Brown: Daniel – you are correct – the base isn’t included in the total height of the statue for...
  3. Daniel: Is the Statue of Liberty not counted at 93m? Or is this measured head to toe and our French gift is...
  4. M. Smith: Goodyear Blimp Base 1, Wingfoot Lake, Suffield Ohio https://www.google.com/maps...
  5. vikki: Azure window, gozo is breathtaking. I stood and watched waves crash under it and thought you’d be mad to...

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