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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

Via Appia Antica

Via Appia (The Appian Way) was one of the earliest Roman Roads, running south-east of the Italian capital towards Brindisi. Via Appia Antica is the oldest section of the road, dating to 312 BC, and is lined with monuments and…

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Wednesday, 19th 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

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant stratovolcano in Tanzania that at 5,893 metres is the highest mountain in Africa. At the time, Noel wrote of the…

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Thursday, 30th August 2012

Piton de la Fournaise (Volcano Week 7)

On the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean, there are two volcanoes: Piton des Neiges has been inactive for 20,000 years, but Piton de la Fournaise in the south is one of the most active volcanoes in the world,…

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Wednesday, 29th August 2012

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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Previously on Google Sightseeing

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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