Château d’If

The Château d’If is on the small island of If, in the Bay of Marseille, France. It was completed in 1531, and was originally intended as a defence against attacks from the sea, however it never had to fight off…

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Wednesday, 10th August 2005

The Colgante Bridge

This is the Colgante Transporter Bridge across the river Nervión in Portugalete, Spain. This extremely rare type of bridge (apparently there’s only 8 of them left in the world) is designed to carry a segment of roadway across a river,…

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Wednesday, 10th August 2005

Chaco Canyon

Chaco Culture National Historical Park is in north-western New Mexico and was the heart of the ancestral Puebloan culture between AD 850 and 1250. During that time they built monumental “great houses” from the yellow-orange sandstone that permeates the region,…

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Tuesday, 9th August 2005

Baghdad’s Monuments

During the 1980s Saddam committed money from oil revenues to build many over-the-top monuments around Baghdad. The most famous is the now toppled statue of Saddam (it’s pretty hard to spot from the satellite photo) but most of the other…

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Tuesday, 9th August 2005

Optical Illusion

This isn’t really an optical illusion, just an image mismatch on highway I-80 between Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, but it looks really freaky! It makes my head hurt. Thanks to Michelle, and apologies to Joe, who doesn’t like weirdness.

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Tuesday, 9th August 2005

SS American Star

In 1994 the SS American Star was being towed to Thailand to become a floating hotel. Disaster struck while passing the Canary island of Fuerteventura and a strong storm beached the ship and broke her in two. Today you can…

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Monday, 8th August 2005

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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