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The rise and fall of “B of the Bang”

Back in 2005, when Google Sightseeing was brand new, we were desperate for Google to add aerial images of Manchester and catch a glimpse of the UK’s tallest sculpture, B of the Bang. It’s now six years since the unveiling,…

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Monday, 7th February 2011

Creative Place Names: Kitchen Stuff

Here at Google Sightseeing we’re absolutely fascinated with the more unusual names that places have been given. There’s so much choice in this field that today we’re able to bring you another post about creative place names – but this…

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Friday, 21st January 2011

Google Sightseeing’s Brewery Tour

Some of our writers have been known to enjoy the occasional alcoholic beverage1, and the ongoing expansion of Street View means that we can (virtually) visit some of the world’s best breweries without having to worry about driving home. So…

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Wednesday, 19th January 2011

Skyspaces, by James Turrell

James Turrell is an enigmatic American artist known for playing with the viewer’s concepts of light and space. His creations include an ambitious series of works called Skyspaces, of which Roden Crater is the most notable example where a series…

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Monday, 25th October 2010

Royal Shrovetide Football, Ashbourne

The small Derbyshire town of Ashbourne is home to an ancient and extremely unusual sporting event – the Royal Shrovetide Football Match, which lasts for two days and involves hundreds of participants. This pre-Lent tradition is believed to date back…

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Tuesday, 19th October 2010

Loughareema: The Vanishing Lake

The nigh unpronounceable Loughareema (Loch an Rith Amach) is, at first glance, nothing more than one of the many lochs and bogs that dot the Northern Irish countryside. That is, if you happen to be lucky enough to see it…

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Thursday, 7th October 2010

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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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Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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