Fake buildings in Google Earth

The folks at Google Sightseeing do an excellent job of finding interesting items on Google Earth that many of us have overlooked.  A recent article from Kyle Kusch is a great example of that, as he finds buildings around the world with false facades.

The items in his list typically look like real buildings, but are often concealing empty alleys or other eyesores, or are completely fake (such as the fake airplane crash seen below and fake a McDonald’s restaurant that he highlighted).


Many of the examples rely on Street View to appreciate them, but some are seen clearly from above as well.  You can check out his full article to see all of them, or grab this KML file to view them all in Google Earth.

Nice work, Kyle!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Thanks, Mickey!

  2. The Copehill Down ‘Fighting in Built Up Areas’ (FIBUA) close quarter battle training facility on Salisbury Plain NE of Chitterne in England was first built as a fake Bavarian village in the cold war, with later additions to resemble insurgency zones, and is very clear in GE. See ‘Copehill Down’ in Wikipedia for the full story.

  3. well I like goggle earth very very much then all of you guys in fact I do it in school in the libarary with

  4. the computers

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