On this day: Hawaii Annexation Ceremony

On August 12, 1898, the annexation of Hawaii by the United States was formally completed with a ceremony at ‘Iolani Palace. The islands’ Queen and other leaders refused to attend in protest of the takeover which had been in effect…

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Tuesday, 12th August 2014

On this day: Babe Ruth’s 500th Home Run

On this date 85 years ago, Babe Ruth became the first member of an exclusive club when he hit his 500th home run. Only 25 other players have reached the mark to date. Ruth’s 500th came at League Park in…

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Monday, 11th August 2014

On this day: Abbey Road Cover Photo Taken

On August 8, 1969, the cover photo for The Beatles’ Abbey Road album was taken by Iain Macmillan, with the band walking across the zebra crossing outside the studio. The site is visited by countless tourists each year, and there…

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Friday, 8th 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

On this day: Andy Warhol Was Born

“In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” On August 6, 1928, Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, PA. Although he is most associated with the art scene in New York, his native city has a museum (website)…

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Wednesday, 6th August 2014

On this day: The Cornerstone Was Laid For The Statue of Liberty

On August 5, 1884, the cornerstone was laid for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty on Bledloe’s Island, which was later renamed Liberty Island. While France was providing the statue, the US had to pay for its pedestal, though…

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Tuesday, 5th August 2014

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

Google Maps publishes aerial images of murder scene

The continuing rollout of 45° “birds eye view” images across the globe1 has now revealed a real-life tragedy. On the…

The Architecture of Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind is an American architect known for his bold and unconventional designs for buildings which often significantly (and controversially)…

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…

Recent Comments

  1. Allaiyah Weyn: Close to Santa Laura is what looks like a big bloody mess. I wonder what all the red stuff is. The van...
  2. Allaiyah Weyn: I wish I could visit all the ghost towns of the world on Google Earth. Sadly, the van usually passes...
  3. Tammo: This is so awesome. I’m sure this will warrant some more posts once you’ve had a chance to go over...
  4. Danny Nicholson: I cannot see normal Americans visiting this place as The U.S. is hated by this country. I would be...
  5. Tammo: Desert week condensed into a single post these days ;) Great stuff though :)

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