France

Fakin’ It!

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.

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Thursday, 3rd October 2013

Rollercoaster Round-up!

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…

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Thursday, 26th September 2013

Churches With Detached Towers

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…

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Thursday, 18th October 2012

Top 10 Crazy European Buildings

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!

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Monday, 8th October 2012

Airbus, Toulouse

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…

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Wednesday, 26th September 2012

Twisted Spires

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…

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Wednesday, 12th September 2012
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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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Trollstigen (Troll’s path)

In a country renowned for its natural beauty, one of the most spectacular landscapes is found along the Trollstigen (Troll’s…

Fill ‘er Up!

In the early days of mass automotive travel, fuel stations often resorted to some wacky gimmicks to differentiate themselves from the pack and lure in customers, such as novelty architecture that made the station building even more of a roadside attraction than the fuel they were selling. Today, many of these wacky 1930s-era stations are icons to thousands of visitors every year.

Google Snow View

Over the past few years Google has captured imagery of ski resorts and other snowy locations using Street View snowmobiles…

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