Asia

Todaiji Temple

This is Todaiji Temple in Japan, which is reputedly the largest wooden building in the world and houses another very large Buddha (under a roof though – how inconsiderate). Actually, I could well believe this is indeed the biggest wooden…

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Friday, 14th July 2006

Taj Mahal

The marble tomb of the Taj Mahal is supposedly the ultimate symbol of love, being built by the fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, for his second wife. I always believed the story that he planned to build a second Taj…

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Tuesday, 4th July 2006

Square Circle, Saudi Arabia

Here in Saudi Arabia, there’s a large square with a smaller circle inside it. Um… yeah, I really don’t know what this place is! It’s just outside of a small town, and the square is about 500 metres across, defined…

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Friday, 30th June 2006

Mount Bromo and the Mystery Grids

I realise we’ve had quite a few volcanoes this week, but you guys keep submitting them, so here’s just one more. This is the Mount Bromo in the Tenggar caldera, Indonesia, which I think looks fantastic with just one solitary…

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Friday, 23rd June 2006

Baghdad Traffic Accident

Crikey, it seems there’s been some sort of serious traffic accident here in Baghdad. I wonder what happened? Whatever happened, given the state of the traffic, I can’t say I’m that surprised… :-/ That isn’t an isolated example eiter –…

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Wednesday, 21st June 2006

Mount Oyama

Update: Since posting this 4 hours ago, Mount Oyama has been updated to some jaw-dropping high-resolution imagery. Timing huh!? This is Mount Oyama on the Japanese island of Miyakejima, which is seen here spouting a rather impressive plume of steam.…

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Tuesday, 20th June 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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High Line Park, New York

Recently opened in New York, the High Line is a unique new public park as it isn’t at ground level,…

Standing But Not Operating: Abandoned Theme Parks

‘Standing but not operating’ (SBNO) is the term applied to amusement parks and amusement rides that have been abandoned by their owners but remain structurally intact. Not only are abandoned amusements favourites among urban the urban exploration crowd, SBNOs also make for great Google Sightseeing!

The War of 1812 – Canada

This summer, communities around North America are marking the two-hundredth anniversary of the start of the War of 18121. Perceptions…

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