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Old Posted Feb 5, 2014, 5:00 AM
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Photo Spheres - Google Maps

If you zoom in close enough and use Google's street view, you may notice orange and blue coloured dots. The orange dots are business interiors and the blue dots are user-submitted photo spheres. The photo spheres are similar to regular street view but the locations are fixed and the views are usually not accessible through regular street view... like parks, squares, beaches, hills, ravines, etc. I collected a few from Toronto below. Post some from your city/region.

St. James Park
http://goo.gl/maps/t9GXu

St. Lawrence Square
http://goo.gl/maps/vhANs

Sculpture Garden
http://goo.gl/maps/J89Za

Courthouse Square
http://goo.gl/maps/RKMPm

Victoria Square
http://goo.gl/maps/tne9z

Trinity Square
http://goo.gl/maps/9kAlP

Courtyard - don't know the name
http://goo.gl/maps/o5Fxp

Yorkville Park
http://goo.gl/maps/ZPiIk

Entrance to Scotia Plaza
http://goo.gl/maps/r7OOw

TD Centre plaza
http://goo.gl/maps/AVGx4

Nathan Phillips Square
http://goo.gl/maps/F2LoH

High Park - Grenadier Pond
http://goo.gl/maps/2smhW

Street/sidewalk scenes
http://goo.gl/maps/VA4Wg
http://goo.gl/maps/TTW5d
http://goo.gl/maps/qoJ9v
http://goo.gl/maps/nlPIk
http://goo.gl/maps/Ll2qo

Skydome!
http://goo.gl/maps/fYfG5
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My wife and I stayed at a B&B on Carre Ste-Louis a few winters ago for an escape weekend. It felt like a special place.
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^ Yeah, I stumbled upon the place my first time visiting Montreal about 10 years ago and felt the same thing.

Another one for Calgary:
http://goo.gl/maps/QY92B
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The gorgeous interior of the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. This is not the church that dominates the St. John's skyline, that being the Roman Catholic Basilica of St. John the Baptist.

The Anglican Cathedral is, for obvious theological reasons, considerably less ornate but still impressive. There has been a church here since 1699, and it used to be the main cathedral of the Diocese of Newfoundland and Bermuda. An organist friend of mine told me this Cathedral has one of the most enviable organs in North America.

http://goo.gl/maps/VfaKs

And, to compare, here is the interior of the Roman Catholic Basilica of St. John the Baptist. It was the largest Irish-built church in North America until St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, which was directly inspired by ours (their Bishop attended the consecration of ours and was embarrassed that "a few thousand fishermen" could erect a greater Cathedral than all the Irish in the United States"), surpassed it.

http://goo.gl/maps/NT9zY

And here is a glimpse inside a typical building in downtown St. John's, the Anna Templeton Centre of the Arts.

Almost all of the buildings downtown have a similar old style, maintained to various degrees of authenticity, with small rooms.

http://goo.gl/maps/NKRvH
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The Basilica ceiling is beautiful but overall I prefer the look of the Anglican church. How old is St. John's downtown housing stock?

And one from Signal Hill:
http://goo.gl/maps/o1OCp
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With the exception of a surviving section of the Old West End and a few individual buildings peppered throughout the city, almost all of it was constructed following the Great Fire of 1892.

But it worked out in our favour. That's when the beautiful, French Mansard roof was all the rage so that's what most homes downtown have today. The only "OMG... WHY!" huge loss is that the main downtown core had much grander buildings than those which were rebuilt in its place, including a dominating number of white stone buildings with blue-grey roofs.
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