Asia

Mount Mayon (Volcano Week 4)

It’s Volcano Week 4 here at GSS. Volcanoes, about a week. You know the drill! Rising up from the pastoral plains of Luzon Island in the Philippines is Mount Mayon, an active 2,400 metre-high stratovolcano. Known as the “perfect cone,”…

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Tuesday, 28th July 2009

Mt. Pinatubo (Volcano Week 4)

It’s Volcano Week 4 here at GSS. Volcanoes, about a week. You know the drill! Beauty sometimes erupts from utter disaster. Take, for example, the gorgeous crater lake that formed in the remnant bowl of the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption…

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Monday, 27th July 2009

Very Large Buddhas (Redux)

The world of gargantuan statuary has changed considerably since we published the original Very Large Buddhas post just over 3 years ago. The title of world’s largest statue is now held by the Spring Temple Buddha in Henan, China. The…

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Thursday, 16th July 2009

The Door to Hell

The Darvaza (Darweze) natural gas crater is an endlessly smoldering geological anomaly located in the isolated Karakum Desert of Turkmenistan.

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Friday, 3rd July 2009

Diverse Religious Architecture in the Capital of the World’s Most Populous Muslim Nation

Despite Indonesia having more Muslims than any other nation in the world, making up 87% of its total population, the government’s pseudo-religious tolerance1 is seen within several religious buildings, all standing within a few city blocks of Indonesia’s central seat…

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Thursday, 2nd July 2009

Topkapi Palace

Standing prominent above Old Istanbul and its waterfront, Topkapi Palace is an immense1 structure with a long and regal history – from its role as the centre of the Ottoman Empire, to its current operation as a museum housing sacred…

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Tuesday, 30th June 2009

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

The Architecture of Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind is an American architect known for his bold and unconventional designs for buildings which often significantly (and controversially)…

Trollstigen (Troll’s path)

In a country renowned for its natural beauty, one of the most spectacular landscapes is found along the Trollstigen (Troll’s…

Fill ‘er Up!

In the early days of mass automotive travel, fuel stations often resorted to some wacky gimmicks to differentiate themselves from the pack and lure in customers, such as novelty architecture that made the station building even more of a roadside attraction than the fuel they were selling. Today, many of these wacky 1930s-era stations are icons to thousands of visitors every year.

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