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.
These buildings may look authentic from the outside, but don’t be duped – they’re absolutely, completely, 100% frauds! Join us for a tour of some interesting-but-inauthentic architecture.
Thursday, 3rd October 2013
We visited a number of amusement parks in the early years of Google Sightseeing, but with improved imagery and competition amongst parks leading to the construction of many spectacular new attractions over the past few years, this seems like a…
Thursday, 26th September 2013
We recently took a look at a number of Churches with twisted spires. Rather more common are Churches with detached bell towers, though the architectural styles vary wildly. The most famous example is Italy’s Torre di Pisa, more commonly known…
Thursday, 18th October 2012
Architects are forever pushing the boundaries of design to create spectacular, astonishing, or just plain weird-looking buildings to catch your eye. We’ve found a plethora of these deranged designs across Europe on Google Street View and on Yandex Maps Panorama; below are a dozen of our favourites!
Monday, 8th October 2012
In 2005, the aviation world’s eyes lit up with excitement when the first Airbus A380 took into the skies over Toulouse, France. It was the initial flight of the world’s largest airliner, and it happened at Aéroport Toulouse-Blagnac. Airbus does…
Wednesday, 26th September 2012
A significant number of churches around Europe have twisted or crooked spires. While various legends account for the deformations, the more practical reality is that they are the result of either shortcomings in construction techniques, or intentional design. We’ll take…
Wednesday, 12th September 2012
Previously on Google Sightseeing