Google Maps' 45° Imagery Update Pleases Historians, Monkees Fans Alike


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Google Maps has waved its Wand o' 45° Imagery again, this time bestowing another 26 cities with fully rotatable views. As I've said before in these update pieces, the 45° angles give users a superior vantage of a building's architecture, especially when you look at older parts of the world like Asia and Europe. This marks the first 45° updates for Ireland and Poland.

In the United States, the following cities got the update: Albany, GA (outskirts); Atascocita, TX; Clarksville, TN; Columbia, MO; Corpus Christi, TX; Fayetteville, NC; Fort Collins, CO; Fort Smith, AR; Greensboro, NC; Jackson, TN; Lafayette, LA; Plaquemine, LA; Pueblo, CO; Santa Fe, NM; Texarkana, AR; and Tyler, TX.

Poland: Cracow, Gdansk, Poznan, Warsaw, and Wroclaw.

Spain: Lugo and Ourense.

Switzerland: Bern and Zurich.

Ireland: Dublin.

Below is the Fraumünster Cathedral in Zurich, Switzerland. The church's spire is easily recognizable due to its sea foam blue color that practically glows even in front of a cloudless sky. The cathedral, founded in 853 AD, overlooks Münsterhof Square and is home to some stunning glasswork by Augusto Giacometti and Marc Chagall.

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Another city that got an update is Poznań, Poland, where you can take a gander at the Archcathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul. One of the oldest churches in Poland, the edifice was established in the 10th century although but has suffered an array of damages due to a raid here or a fire there, leading the cathedral to be built and re-built in a variety of different styles.

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Finally, for all of you Monkees fans, you can now take a more detailed tour of Clarksville, Tennessee. While you probably won't be able to find any last train-goers with this new imagery, it does offer up a view of one of the more creatively designed public schools you're bound to see, Montgomery Central High School. The school was built on a man-made lake and, as you can see, are shaped like gray Alien-esque pods. Also, check out the weird crop circle-ish things in the football field to the east of the school.

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