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The New Seven(ish) Wonders of the World

At the turn of the millennium, an effort was launched by a Swiss foundation to identify the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World’, through a “decidedly unscientific” polling method allowing the public to vote – online or by phone –…

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Friday, 15th August 2014

On this day: Construction Started on the Dome of Florence Basilica

On August 7, 1420, construction started on the dome of Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. Work on the structure had been going on under various architects for well over a century at this point, and it would…

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Thursday, 7th August 2014

Europe’s Five Highest Paved Roads

Europe plays host to some of the planet’s most breathtaking mountain vistas. Much of this wonderful scenery is accessible relatively easily by vehicle – and therefore by Street View! In this entry, we count down the five highest paved roads on the continent.

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Thursday, 31st July 2014

On this day: Mont Blanc Tunnel Opened

On July 16, 1965, the Mont Blanc tunnel between France and Italy opened. Following 8 years of construction, the 11.6km (7.2mile) tunnel significantly reduced driving times between France and northern Italian cities. A deadly 1999 fire closed the tunnel for…

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Wednesday, 16th July 2014

On this day: St Mark’s Campanile Collapsed

On July 14, 1902, after a couple of weeks of ominous cracking, St Mark’s Campanile in Venice collapsed. Apparently the caretaker’s cat was the only victim of the building’s failure. Council swiftly approved funds to rebuild the tower, which opened…

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Monday, 14th July 2014

Amphitheatres

The ancestor of the modern stadium, amphitheatres have played host to large-scale cultural and sporting events for thousands of years. The tradition continues today as hundreds of amphitheatre venues have been constructed to host concerts and plays, often in natural settings.

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Thursday, 13th March 2014
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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

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.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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