Asia

Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge

This is the Akashi-Kaikyo bridge in Japan – the largest suspension bridge in the world. Suspension bridges are measured by the length of their main span (i.e. the longest distance between suspension towers), and the Akashi-Kaikyo has an absolutely massive…

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Monday, 3rd April 2006

Soviet Tank Graveyard

To the North of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul is the “Tank Graveyard“. Here there are hundreds of Soviet tanks, left there since the end of the Soviet war in 1989, slowly rusting away. Apparently the Taliban used this field for collecting…

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Tuesday, 7th March 2006

Chubu Centrair International Airport

Opened just last year on a specially built man made island Centrair International Airport is Japan’s third off-shore airport and is shaped like a capital “D” so that currents inside the bay will flow freely around the island. The airport’s…

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Saturday, 4th March 2006

Kim Il-Sung

North Korea’s former dictator, Kim Il-Sung (Kim Jong-Il’s father) is held in very high esteem, as shown by this absolutely gigantic bronze statue of the “Eternal Leader” who died in 1994. This ground level photo should give you an idea…

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Monday, 27th February 2006

Al-Askari

The Al-Askari shrine in Samarra, Iraq was one of the holiest sites for Shia Muslims. Sadly this distinctive gold dome was destroyed last week by bombers hoping to escalate tension in the area (BBC News Report). Thanks: Tom & Adam

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Monday, 27th February 2006

Ryugyong Hotel

This is the striking (and huge) Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea. It’s a 330-metre-tall pyramid-shaped building with 3,000 rooms, and was supposed to have 7 revolving restaurants, except they never actually finished it. Wikipedia says: newspapers estimated the cost…

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Thursday, 23rd February 2006

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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…

On this day: The Last Day of Woodstock

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