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Brihadisvara Temple, India

The Brihadisvara temple at Thanjavur was built by the great ruler Rajaraja Chola of the Chola dynasty. The 10th century AD site is an example of Dravidian temple architecture.

The central temple called the Periya Koyil, or big temple, stands inside a fort whose walls were built later on in the 16th century. The Great Living Chola Temples consist of the 11th century Brihadisvara temple at Thanjavur, the 11th century Brihadisvara temple at Gangaikondacholisvaram, and the 12th century Airavateswara temple at Darasuram.

View a video of the Brihadisvara Temple on Google Maps.

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Château de Chambord

street view image of the chateauThe royal Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world because of its very distinct French Renaissance architecture that blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Italian structures.

The building, which was never completed, was constructed by King François I in part to be near to his mistress the Comtesse de Thoury, Claude Rohan, wife of Julien de Clermont, a member of a very important family of France, whose domaine, the château de Muides, was adjacent. Her arms figure in the carved decor of the chateau.

View a video of Château de Chambord on Google Maps

Bird's Eye View

Google have released Bird's Eye view for the Google Maps API. The imagery isn't available yet in the main Google Map's site so you only view it in maps created by map developers using the API.

So, to whet your appetite, here is a small collection of Google Satellite imagery from oblique angles. At the moment Bird's Eye view is only available in San Jose and San Diego in the US. Google will be rolling out further coverage in the coming months.