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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 13:00

On July 25, 1893, the Corinth Canal in Greece opened. Envisioned for millennia, the waterway was cut through rock to sea level so no locks were needed. However, the narrow width means that it is now largely irrelevant to modern commercial shipping, so tourist boats make up most of the boat traffic.

Corinth Canal

Locations: Greece / Categories: On this day, Street Views, Watercraft

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Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 13:43

The roster of the world’s tallest statues is dominated by Buddhist figures, with most of the top ten (actually 11 because of a tie) being representations of the Buddha or Guanyin. While we’ve looked at Very Large Buddhas twice before 1, updated imagery means it’s time for an expanded look at the world of colossal statuary of all kinds. Unfortunately, if anything the current satellite view of the largest – the Spring Temple Buddha in China – is less clear than it was when we first looked at it, though it does have an impressive shadow.

This statue was named for a nearby natural spring where the hot water supposedly has healing properties. The main figure is 108m (354′) tall, though once the lotus throne and pedestal building are included, the total height is 153m (502′).

The second tallest statue was under construction when we last visited it, but this Photosphere by Win Thu Aung shows the Laykyun Setkar in all its gold-plated magnificence. This statue in Myanmar stands 116m (381′) with a 13m (44′) pedestal.

Very Large Buddhist Statues

Just a few metres shorter is the Ushiku Daibatsu statue in Japan, which is covered by a series of connected Photospheres by Masato OTA.

Very Large Buddhist Statues

The 4th, 6th and 7th largest statues in the world are figure of Guanyin, a bodhisattva usually depicted as a female and revered for compassion or mercy. In China, the 106m (348′) Guanyin of the South Sea of Sanya is just about visible on satellite view. One face of the 3-sided statue looks inland, while the other two gaze out over the South China Sea.

Very Large Buddhist Statues

The fifth tallest statue is also in China and is one of the two from our list not related to Buddhism. The 106m (348′) dual figures of Emperors Yan and Huang can just about be seen, possibly still under construction, on satellite view.

World's Tallest Statues

Guanyin is known as Kannon in Japan, where the Sendai Daikannon is exactly 100m (330′) tall, and has a lift to carry visitors to the top for a view of the surrounding area. We get an excellent view in both 45° imagery

Very Large Buddhist Statues

… and on Street View.

Very Large Buddhist Statues

Back in China, the gilded bronze Qianshou Qianyan Guanyin of Weishan (Guishan Guanyin of the Thousand Hands and Eyes) is just 1m (3′) shorter, but sadly isn’t visible on satellite view.

In Russia, the other non-Buddhist statue on our list is the grand monument to Peter the Great in Russia, which stands 96m tall (315′).

World's Tallest Statues

Moving to Thailand, the Great Buddha of Thailand took 18 years to complete and is 92m (300′) tall – the 9th tallest statue in the world.

Very Large Buddhist Statues

Finally, there is a tie for the 10th tallest statue in the world, both of which are 88m (289′) tall. The Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako park in Japan …

Very Large Buddhist Statues

… and the Grand Buddha at Ling Shan in China. Photosphere by Patrick Jégu.

Very Large Buddhist Statues


  1. See Very Large Buddhas from 2006, and Very Large Buddhas (Redux) from 2009. 

Locations: Burma, China, Japan, Russia, Thailand / Categories: Monuments, Street Views, Structures

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Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 13:00

On July 24, 1927, the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing was unveiled in Ypres, Belgium. The Gate commemorates soldiers from Britain and the Commonwealth who were killed in the region during WWI, but whose graves are unknown.

Menin Gate

Locations: Belgium / Categories: Monuments, On this day, Street Views, Structures

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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 13:00

On July 23, 1933, architect Richard Rogers was born in Florence. His family moved to England during WWII. He has designed many notable buildings including the Senedd in Cardiff, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and London’s Millennium Dome.

Richard Rogers

Locations: England / Categories: Buildings, On this day, Street Views

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Date: Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 13:00

On July 22, 1713, French architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot was born. He is best known for designing a Church originally dedicated to St Genevieve, but which later became the Panthéon, a secular temple where distinguished French citizens are interred. Residents include Victor Hugo and Louis Braille, though equality campaigners regularly point out that only 2 women are interred, amongst dozens of men.

Pantheon

Locations: France / Categories: Buildings, On this day, Street Views, Structures

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Date: Monday, 21 Jul 2014 13:00

One small step for (a) man… On July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the Moon. The Apollo 11 mission took off from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Once on the moon’s surface, the astronauts planted a US flag, collected soil and rock samples and deployed scientific instruments during their time on the surface. Unless you’re an internet conspiracy theorist, in which case on this date Hollywood staged an elaborate plot to deceive the public.

Moon

Locations: The Moon / Categories: On this day

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Date: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 13:00

On July 18, 1995, the Soufrière Hills volcano on Montserrat started erupting, and has been active ever since. It has devastated the island, leaving more than half of it – including the capital Plymouth – uninhabitable.

Montserrat

Locations: Montserrat / Categories: Islands, On this day, Volcanoes

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Date: Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 13:00

On July 17, 1955, Walt Disney opened the first of his corporation’s theme parks – Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Although 14,000 guests and media were invited, just as many people with fake tickets showed up. Traffic chaos and plumbing problems led to negative press early on, but the park quickly became hugely popular. With more than 16 million visitors a year, it is the 3rd-most visited theme park in the world.

Disneyland

Locations: California / Categories: 45˚ Imagery, On this day, Theme Parks

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Date: Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 19:53

Natural arches – also known as natural bridges – are formed when relatively soft rock is worn away by the action of tides, rivers or weather erosion, leaving behind a bridge-like structure of harder rock. Although there are thousands around the world, most are in remote areas unlikely ever to be visible by ground-level Google imagery (and overhead satellite views usually don’t reveal the arch). We can, however, take a look at the few that are visible on Street View, beginning with Durdle Door on the south coast of England.

This limestone arch was formed when a softer chalk layer was eroded by the sea, variations of its name (from an Old English word meaning hole) has been recorded for over a thousand years. Although it is on private land, the beach here is open to the public, and the South West Coast Path passes nearby.

Over in the south of France, the Pont d’Arc was originally part of a larger cave system created by the Ardèche River. Over time virtually the entire system collapsed, leaving just the 54m (177′) high arch.

Natural Arch

Moving to the Spanish island of Mallorca, Es Pontàs is a popular (and difficult) rock-climbing spot, as shown in this YouTube video.

Natural Arch

All natural arches are inherently fragile, and with enough time and continued erosion1, many will collapse, leaving stacks of rock behind. In Australia, London Arch on the coast south-west of Melbourne used to be a rare double arch. In the summer of 1990 the arch nearest the shore collapsed. Two lucky tourists witnessed the collapse and the conversion of the rock they were standing on into an island, though unluckily they were therefore stranded until a helicopter could rescue them.

Natural Arch

In Japan, the public is warned to stay away from the sandstone arch on Engetsu Island because of fears that its collapse is imminent.

Natural Arch

Percé Rock on Canada’s east coast is believed to have originally had three limestone arches, one of which has long since been lost to the sea. The second collapsed in 1845, leaving a stack standing next to the large island which has just one arch remaining, but which is still grand enough to be a popular tourist attraction in this region of Quebec.

Natural Arch

Two of California’s natural arches are visible on Street View: the sole remaining (of three) at Natural Bridges State Beach

Natural Arch

… and the one at Goat Rock Beach.

Natural Arch

A few years ago we had a short post about Arches National Park in Utah. Street View captured a number of spectacular arches in the park from hiking trails, including Landscape Arch.

Natural Arch

A single Street View image on the nearby road allows us a glimpse of Skyline Arch.

Natural Arch

To the south-east is Double Arch which has two bridges originating in a single segment of rock.

Natural Arch

And nearby are three further arches:

North Window

Natural Arch

South Window

Natural Arch

Turret Arch

Natural Arch

To make this post more complete, we’ll use some Photospheres to visit other natural arches elsewhere, beginning with the Natural Bridge on Cedar Creek in Virginia; Photosphere by Hao Shen.

Natural Arch

In Wyoming, John Roberts took this Photosphere of Ayers Natural Bridge.

Natural Arch

Mexico’s El Arco de Cabo San Lucas was imaged by Jesús Emmanuel González Pio.

Natural Arch

Back to Europe, where a pair of arches in close proximity on the island of Gozo in Malta can be seen in Photospheres by Uwe Bücher:

The Azure Window

Natural Arch

… and the Inland Sea.

Natural Arch

In the Czech Republic, Akram Bary photographed the Pravčická brána.

Natural Arch

Finally, in Jordan, the Jabal Umm Fruth Bridge Photosphere was created by Chuck Sirron.

Natural Arch

This post was based on Wikipedia‘s list of prominent natural arches, and that page also has more information about how natural arches are formed. However, there are many more around the world so if you know of any others which are visible on Street View or in Photospheres, please post them in the comments.


  1. Or in some suspected cases, vandalism… 

Locations: California, Czech Republic, England, France, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Quebec, Spain, Utah, Virginia, Wyoming / Categories: Natural Landmarks, Street Views

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Date: Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 13:00

On July 16, 1965, the Mont Blanc tunnel between France and Italy opened. Following 8 years of construction, the 11.6km (7.2mile) tunnel significantly reduced driving times between France and northern Italian cities. A deadly 1999 fire closed the tunnel for three years while repairs were made and new safety measures were installed.

Mont Blanc Tunnel

Locations: France, Italy / Categories: On this day, Street Views

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Date: Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 10:56

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Date: Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 13:00

On July 15, 1573, British architect Inigo Jones was born. He had parallel careers in theatrical staging and architecture, with the latter producing many notable buildings around London. One fine example is the Banqueting House in Whitehall, the first neo-classical style building which set a trend across the country.

Inigo Jones

Locations: England / Categories: Buildings, On this day, Street Views

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Date: Monday, 14 Jul 2014 13:00

On July 14, 1902, after a couple of weeks of ominous cracking, St Mark’s Campanile in Venice collapsed. Apparently the caretaker’s cat was the only victim of the building’s failure. Council swiftly approved funds to rebuild the tower, which opened – with additional fortifications to prevent a repeat collapse – ten years later.

Campanile

Locations: Italy / Categories: On this day, Street Views, Towers

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Date: Friday, 11 Jul 2014 13:00

On July 11, 1922, the Hollywood Bowl opened. Although less formal performances had been held in this natural amphitheatre for a few years (Wikipedia has a photo of a female duo playing on a stage consisting of a barn door), the LA Philharmonic officially opened the venue on this date. The original concrete ‘shell’ stage was built in 1929, but in 2003 the larger one shown here was constructed.

Hollywood Bowl

Locations: California / Categories: On this day, Street Views, Structures

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Date: Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 13:00

On July 10, 1830, painter Camille Pissarro was born on the island of St Thomas, then part of the Danish West Indies. He spent his teenage years at boarding school in France, and returned there at age 25, quickly developing a strong reputation for his Impressionist paintings. This work, Sunset at Eragny, hangs in The Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Pissarro

Locations: Israel / Categories: On this day, Street Views

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Date: Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 13:00

Strawberries and cream, anyone? The first Wimbledon Tennis Championship began on this day in 1877, at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Twenty two players took part, with Spencer Gore becoming the winner ten days later, winning a prize – 12 guineas – that was rather modest compared to the £1,760,000 that this year’s winners will take home.

Wimbledon

Locations: England / Categories: On this day, Stadiums and Sport

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Date: Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 16:57

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Date: Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 16:44

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Date: Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 13:00

On July 8, 2011, the Space Shuttle Atlantis took off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida – the final launch of a Shuttle. After docking with the International Space Station for 9 days, Atlantis returned to earth on July 21, bringing an end to the Space Shuttle Program which began 30 years earlier.

Launchpad

Locations: Florida / Categories: On this day, Street Views, Towers

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Date: Monday, 07 Jul 2014 13:00

Do you think this website is the best thing since sliced bread? Great, we do too … and today marks the 96th anniversary of the first sliced loaf which was sold by the Chillicothe Baking Company in Missouri. The momentous occasion is commemorated with a mural in the town.

Sliced Bread

Locations: Missouri / Categories: On this day, Street Views

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