Asia

The Golden Temple, Amritsar

In the Indian state of Punjab, Harmandir Sahib (The Temple of God) – commonly known as the Golden Temple – is the most sacred place of worship for the Sikh religion. In the 1570s the fourth Sikh guru created a…

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Wednesday, 7th January 2009

Battle of the World’s Largest Observation Wheels

The Singapore Flyer is a 150 metre-tall observation wheel located on Marina Bay, overlooking Singapore’s city centre – and for the moment, it holds the title of the world’s largest observation wheel. The next tallest observation wheel is the Star…

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Monday, 22nd December 2008

Museum of Islamic Arts, Doha

Recently opened in Doha, Qatar, is the spectacular Museum of Islamic Arts. Designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, this museum cost $300million to construct and is home to a large collection of priceless artifacts funded by the Qatar royal family.…

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Friday, 19th December 2008

Daisen-Kofun

Nestled in the bustling city of Osaka lie many kofun – keyhole shaped and mounded tombs or tumuli – the largest of which is Daisen-Kofun. Daisen-Kofun is the resting place of Emperor Nintoku who ruled Japan in the early 5th…

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Tuesday, 16th December 2008

Tarbela Dam

Tarbela Dam, found on the Indus River in Northern Pakistan, is the largest earth-filled dam in the world. The dam was completed in 1976 as the result of a water-rights agreement between India and Pakistan. It is 143m high and…

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Thursday, 11th December 2008

Streetview USA gets massive update

Yesterday, Google announced that they had added some extra cities to Street View, including Memphis, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; and Charleston, South Carolina. What’s even more interesting though, is that this update includes a lot of the places in-between places –…

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Wednesday, 10th December 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

Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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