Buildings

Griffith Observatory, L.A.

In Los Angeles’ Griffith Park sits the Griffith Observatory. Opened in 1935 the observatory has featured in numerous movies such as ‘Bowfinger’, ‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle’, ‘Dragnet’ and the climax of James Dean film ‘Rebel Without a Cause’. Thanks: Scott…

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Wednesday, 25th May 2005

Biosphere 2

This is Biosphere 2 in the Arizona desert. Constructed between 1987 and ’89, the ill fated ‘self-contained environment’ experiment was supposedly intended to explore the possible use of closed biospheres in space colonisation (you know, like in Total Recall!). The…

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Monday, 23rd May 2005

State Capitol, Baton Rouge

As the tallest state capitol in the United States the Louisiana State Capitol is 450 feet high with 34 floors. Twenty-five hundred rail cars were needed to bring in the limestone used on the exterior and the interior marbles which…

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Monday, 23rd May 2005

Skywalker Ranch, San Rafael

Yesterday the staff of Google Sightseeing (and everyone else by the queues) went to see Star Wars Episode III, so it seems a good time to post George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in San Rafael, California. In the middle of the…

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Saturday, 21st May 2005

Mall of America

Although not very interesting to look at from space, the Mall of America is the USA’s largest mall. If you switch to map mode you can see that it’s so big inside the building they’ve named the streets. And if…

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Friday, 13th May 2005

Rikers Island

Rikers Island is New York City’s largest jail facility and has 15,000 inmates. The only access to (and exit from) the island is via the Rikers Island Bridge to the south. Thanks: Michael Kizer & Karen

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Tuesday, 3rd May 2005

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Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite or street views using Google Maps. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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