Asahi Beer Hall

This is the Asahi Beer Hall or, to give it its proper name, La Flamme d’Or building in Tokyo. Designed by Philippe Starck, the golden flame rises up from the roof of a solid black building which has gently curving…

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Thursday, 25th August 2005

Kuwait Towers

The Kuwait Towers are on the waterfront in Kuwait City. Built in 1979 these three towers have a dual function as both entertainment facilities and water reservoirs but you’ll probably recognise them from the backdrop of every news report that…

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Thursday, 18th August 2005

Europe’s Largest Wooden Building

This is Eski Rum Yetimhanesi, on the island of Buyukada off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey. I can’t verify this as Wikipedia doesn’t seem to have any information, but apparently: it was built as a hotel, although it never received…

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Thursday, 18th August 2005

Bridge Between Two Continents

This is the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey. Interestingly, as the Bosporus strait is the boundary between Europe and Asia, the bridge actually connects two continents. In May 2005 tennis star Venus Williams played a show game on the bridge,…

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Tuesday, 16th August 2005

Ne Mutlu Türküm Diyene!

Deep in the Asian part of Turkey is this giant image of the Turkish flag. The writing (which is Turkey’s national slogan), says ‘Ne mutlu Türküm diyene’, meaning ‘How happy is he who can say “I am a Turk”‘. Thanks…

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Monday, 15th August 2005

Japanese Ferris Wheels

Daikanransha is a 115m Ferris Wheel on Odaiba, a island in Tokyo bay built on reclaimed land. There’s all sorts of cool looking buildings on Odaiba so have a good scroll around, I haven’t a clue what any of them…

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Saturday, 13th August 2005

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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Walled Cities of the Caribbean

In many people’s imaginations, walled cities are associated with mediaeval Europe, but such cities exist all over the world. In this post we look at walled cities from around the Caribbean.