Giant Building Found in Google Earth

[UPDATE May 17: Google did a layers update yesterday and removed the bad building.]
Tall Building data error in Google EarthFound an E-mail from Jorge González this morning who told me he had found a 72 km tall building in Google Earth near Bratislava, Slovakia. Apparently someone has secretly built a space elevator in Slovakia – either that, or something wrong happened when a 3D model was put into Google’s database. You only see this data error if you turn on the “3D Buildings” layer. Then, follow this link , or do a search for “Bratislava”.
I’m sure Google will have this corrected soon. Possibly when the next layer update occurs. There are already several 3D buildings built in Bratislava, it was my first time to visit the area. Jorge also has a spanish blog where he writes about things he finds in Google Earth – check out Turismo Google.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. There are two other 3D buildings in Bratislava on GE, on the place of new National Theater, which in reality no exist.

  2. Jonathan says:

    Haha, awesome. I couldn’t get the thermospheric description in view before GE culled it out (it’s located 102762.7545881012 meters above the ground to be exact), but by sniffing my own network traffic I found it’s “nieco BIG” by Kiwi, described as “BIG BIG BIG”:
    I think I’ll make a copy to share with others when it’s gone; at least I presume it won’t stay there indefinitely.

  3. btw “nieco BIG” in slovak means “something BIG”, which I guess is a good description for this monstrosity 🙂

  4. This is wikid i can spend hours on this and not get bored keep up the wikid things…

  5. Another giant building (error in 3dwarehouse) found at Burhaniye, Turkey 39*29’N 26*56’E, Kent, Denmark

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