Rio-Niterói Bridge

This is the Rio-Niterói Bridge, which connects Rio de Janeiro with Niterói in Brazil. Built between 1969 and 1974, this gargantuan structure is over 13 kilometres long (8.25 miles) and is a record holder for the size of it’s central…

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Wednesday, 7th September 2005

Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain)

This is Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, this peak rises 396 metres above Guanabara Bay. An absolutely awesome sight from up here. The blue structure on the peak is…

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Tuesday, 6th September 2005

Avenida 9 de Julio

This is the Avenida 9 de Julio in the centre of Buenos Aires, Argentina. At 127 metres, it is one of the widest streets in the world, with some eighteen lanes of traffic! Unfortunately our thumbnail doesn’t really do it…

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Tuesday, 6th September 2005

Katrina Map Updates

The Google Maps and Google Earth data has recently been updated with photos of New Orleans taken on August 31st at 10am and showing the extent of the damage to the city and flooding that was brought by Hurricane Katrina.…

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Saturday, 3rd September 2005

Prophet Mosque

The absolutely huge Prophet Mosque in Medina makes the city the second holiest city of Islam, after Mecca. The mosque has the Shrine of the Prophet Muhammad in the middle, also known as the Dome of the Prophet, and ten…

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Saturday, 3rd September 2005

Map Is Back

The Map is back after a long holiday in the sun, and he appears to have grown wider. Must have been all those burgers and beers.

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Saturday, 3rd September 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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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.

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…

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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