Virtual Tourism

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Great Mosque of Cordoba, Spain

The Mezquita (Spanish for "mosque") of Cordoba is a Roman Catholic cathedral and former mosque situated in the Andalusian city of Córdoba, Spain. Under the rule of Islam, it was built as the second-largest mosque in the world, and is perhaps the most accomplished monument of the Umayyad dynasty of Cordoba.

After the Spanish Reconquista, it was transformed into a church, and some of the Islamic columns and arches were replaced by a basilica in early Baroque style. Today it houses the main church of the diocese of Cordoba in Spain.

View a video of the Great Mosque of Cordoba

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Hudson River Plane Crash

Yesterday a plane crashed into the Hudson River in New York. I've quickly produced this simulation of the short flight of aeroplane 1549 for the Google Earth Browser based on the real flight data.

I have produced two versions of the simulation, one with the New York 3D buildings turned off and one with the buildings turned on. The 3D version can seriously lag on slower computers.

3D Version
Non-3D Version

El Escorial, Spain

El Escorial is a Spanish royal site and functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum and school. It is located about 45 km (28 mi) northwest of the Spanish capital, Madrid in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. El Escorial comprises two architectural complexes of great historical and cultural significance: El Real Monasterio de El Escorial itself and La Granjilla de La Fresneda, a royal hunting lodge and monastic retreat about five km away.

These sites have a dual nature; that is to say, during the 16th and 17th centuries, they were places in which the temporal power of the Spanish monarchy and the ecclesiastical predominance of the Roman Catholic religion in Spain found a common architectural manifestation. El Escorial was, at once, a monastery and a Spanish royal palace. Originally a property of the Hieronymite monks, it is now an Augustinian monastery.

View a video of El Escorial on Google Maps

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Alcobaça Monastery

The Alcobaça Monastery is a mediaeval monastery located in the town of Alcobaça, in central Portugal. It was founded by the first Portuguese King, Afonso Henriques, in 1153, and has maintained a close association with the Kings of Portugal throughout its history.

The church and monastery were the first Gothic buildings in Portugal, and, together with the Monastery of Santa Cruz in Coimbra, it was one of the most important of the mediaeval monasteries in Portugal. Due to its artistic and historical importance, it was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1989.

View a video of the Alcobaça Monastery on Google Maps

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Vienna Philharmonic New Year Concert

MusikveirinThe New Year Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is broadcast around the world to an estimated audience of one billion people in 44 countries. The concert is held in the Golden Hall in the Musikverein, Vienna.

The concert is largely composed of music by the Strauss family. The Golden Hall is forty-eight metres long, nineteen metres wide, and eighteen metres high. It has 1,744 seats and standing room for 300. However demand for the concert is so huge that the Vienna Philharmonic draws lots for the tickets. If you wish to attend the 2010 New Year's Concert you can register at the Vienna Philharmonic website.

View a video of Musikverein on Google Maps