Asia

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

The World’s Tallest Buildings

You would think that deciding on the world’s tallest building would be pretty simple: get a big measuring tape, measure the buildings, biggest one wins. Easy, huh? Well, apparently not. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat have defined…

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Wednesday, 25th January 2006

Nuclear Power MegaPost : Redux

The last Nuclear Power Megapost proved successful so here is another! I’ve been collating all the nuclear power themed entries since then and here are the most interesting of them. Shoreham Nuclear Power Station This is a plant that was…

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Sunday, 22nd January 2006

Yoyogi National Gymnasium

Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, was designed by Kenzo Tange to house a gymnasium, basketball court and Olympic swimming pool for the 1964 Summer Olympics. His futuristic tent-like design later inspired the architect behind the 1972 Olympic Park…

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Saturday, 14th January 2006

Oil in China

Castle Peak Power Station in Hong Kong is one of the largest coal-fired power stations in the world and these two oil tanks are clearly marked with the Hanzi characters for Oil. There’s more about the plant on their website.…

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Sunday, 8th January 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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Churches With Detached Towers

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