100 Grand Landmarks as Seen from Google Maps

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It’s a wonderful world we live in and Google is doing an amazing job of mapping it. Most people use the service to get directions, but Google’s satellite images also capture the world’s landmarks, which look a little different than you may be used to when viewed from the sky.

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Have you ever wondered what the Statue of Liberty (the one in the US–yes there are two), Niagara Falla, the London Eye, the famous Hollywood sign or the Sea of Galilee look like when viewed from above? Well, before 1999 you would have needed a plane and millions of dollars to travel the world and see what it was like. Now, for free, Google Maps will transport you anywhere in the world.

As of 2012, Google Maps contained over 20 petabytes of data (that’s 21 million gigabytes) and uses images that are updated approximately every 2 weeks according to Mashable. As you may note, some images appear blurry. This is because governments (or third party satellite owners) can have the images blurred before they reach Google (just try looking up sensitive locations in Washington DC).

So, here we present 100 of the world’s coolest and most interesting landmarks as seen from Google’s satellite imagery. What are your favorites?

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Statue of Liberty – New York, New York, United States

London Eye – London, United Kingdom

Hollywood Sign – Los Angeles, California, United States

Eiffel Tower – Paris, France

Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia

Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Niagara Falls – US/Canada

Rialto Bridge – Venice, Italy

Guggenheim Bilbao Museum – Bilbao, Spain

Mt. Rushmore National Memorial- South Dakota, United States

Giza Necropolis (Pyramids) – Cairo, Africa

Westminster Abbey – London, United Kingdom

Machu Picchu – Muro de la Ciudad, Peru

Teotihuacan Pyramids, Mexico

The Twelve Apostles – Princetown, Australia

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac – Québec, Canada

Daitoku-ji – Kyoto, Japan

The Ramesseum – Luxor, Egypt

Robben Island – Western Cape, South Africa

Sea of Galilee – Israel

The Royal Palace of Madrid – Madrid, Spain



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