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What is this building and where is it? Europe in 1944-45 by a U.S. Army Air Force soldier. France, Germany, Belgium, or Netherlands?

That's the Chapelle royale de Dreux, also known as St-Louis de Dreux. Dreux is a town about 70 km west of Paris. This chapel is historically important, since the last King of France, Louis-Philippe (...
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Where is this tower?

This is the Édifice Price in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The pic was taken from the Citadelle of Quebec, view goes to north. Here's a view from Streetview from almost the same camera position (...
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What are these hooks on Amsterdam's buildings?

In the old days they were used to lift goods to the higher floors which were storing areas. These days they are used in moving house, still used in these days with mechanical lifts which moving ...
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What real castle would be least expensive to visit from New Zealand?

This is going to come down to what's a "real" castle. Wikipedia opines: A castle is a type of fortified structure built during the Middle Ages predominantly by the nobility or royalty and ...
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What is the oldest building in the world still in use?

This question is hard to answer since you would have to define "in use" very precisely. Here are some wild guesses: Wikipedia has a list of the oldest buildings in the world. Prominently feature ...
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Where is this building on a mountain in Planet Earth 2?

It is Aiguille du Midi station near to Mont Blanc, accessed from Chamonix in the French Alps, department Haute-Savoie. (See it on Google Maps) Photo from http://geo.hmg.inpg.fr/mto/jpegs/inventaire....
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Where do I find this building in Tbilisi, Georgia?

This is the Kalantarov's house from the early 20th century. The exact address is 27 Lado Asatiani Street , in the Sololaki district, just under Sololaki mountain where Narikhala stands. The closest ...
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What is this building?

That's the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. It's an opera house and cultural centre in Valencia, Spain. Photo from Wikimedia.
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What/where is this large building with flags?

This is the former Round Island House / Hotel Frontenac / The New Frontenac (with annex building) on Round Island near Clayton, NY, United States. The New Frontenac existed from ca 1898 till 1911, ...
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What real castle would be least expensive to visit from New Zealand?

If you live in New Zealand, then the nearest building claiming to be a "castle" is Larnach Castle near Dunedin. Wikipedia describes it as a "mock castle". It is essentially a fancy ...
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Where is this solitary building with a town and mountains in the background behind a valley?

I've never seen this place myself, nor heard about it before today, but after some research online, I'm fairly certain this is Segovia in Spain. Above is a picture of the same city from a slightly ...
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What is the world's largest publicly accessible air-conditioned space?

I would think it is the Tropical Island Resort in Germany. Apparently it has 5.5 million m³ of volume space. It is kept around 26°C all year around.
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What is the oldest building in the world still in use?

The Great Pyramid of Giza initially had two functions, to serve as a tomb for the pharaoh, and to demonstrate his power and prestige. Today, it has two functions, to serve as a tourist attraction and ...
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What are these hooks on Amsterdam's buildings?

In addition to Willeke's answer, http://shadowsofaforgottenworld.blogspot.com/2016/06/hoisting-beams-in-amsterdam.html?m=1 mentions that these lifting hooks aka hoisting beams were an indirect ...
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What is the most isolated building in the world?

IMPORTANT NOTE: From comments we have a photographic proof that in recent years there were two buildings (but in the same platform), so this answer do not fulfil the question requirements (later ...
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What is the world's largest publicly accessible air-conditioned space?

I have not yet been able to find the volume of the Iran Mall, in Tehran, but its area is 1.4 million square meters, and it appears to be multi-floor. Based on a comment by Neusser, 1.4 million square ...
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What is this tower I found in Spain?

I found someone who knows. One of the residents of Villamayor de Monjardín was three years old when it was built in 1948. It was a gravity water tower that has since been replaced by pumps. There ...
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What is the oldest building in the world still in use?

The Theatre of Epidaurus (4th century BCE!) still has performances. It is not, however, an enclosed building.
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Are there any Japanese castles currently under construction?

Yes: the reconstruction of Shuri Castle in Naha, Okinawa, the historical seat of the Ryukyu Kingdom, is under way. Destroyed once during WW2, it was rebuilt but destroyed again in 2019 by a massive ...
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In which city is this building with the inscription "domus dei et porta coeli"?

Yes, that is Cittadella, province of Padua, Italy https://traveling4numbers.com/tag/cittadella/ and aerial view picture: another view picture it is really easy to spot since you can read clearly ...
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Where is this Indian-style palace with a large pool?

This is Sun City Resort in South Africa, opened in 1979, specifically it's the Palace of the Lost City. There's some apartheid-era history to it (thanks @Andrew Grimm) but it's still open today. ...
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What is this building in Bilbao?

It is an elevator, by which you could reach the Parque Extebarria and the Basilica Begoña. According both to (Basque-only) Wikipedia article and various other sources it was in use until 2014 and ...
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What is the most isolated building in the world?

It may well be the Earhart Lighthouse on Howland Island, smack dab in the middle of the Pacific about 3000 km from Hawaii: (Courtesy Joann94024, Wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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What is the oldest building in the world still in use?

The Etchmiadzin Cathedral was built in 301 AD. The original church was built in the early fourth century—between 301 and 303 according to tradition—by Armenia's patron saint Gregory the Illuminator,...
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Identify this place in Myanmar

Getty Images: The giant reclining Buddha of the Zinathukha pagoda surrounded by the jungle and stupas. This reclining Buddha, of which the concrete structure is 200 metres long and 40 metres high ...
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What is the oldest building in the world still in use?

I have prayed at the Western Wall of The Temple Mount in Jerusalem. My ancestors have been priests there since about the 10th century BC.
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What real castle would be least expensive to visit from New Zealand?

Wouldn't it be much easier to open the phone book, look up people named "castle" in your area and ask them whether you could visit them? Much cheaper, much more out of the box and you surely ...
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Where is this structure in Berlin?

The caption on this online version of the image at Getty Images says: Germany Berlin Tempelhof (Tempelhof-Schoeneberg) - load testing structure at General-Pape-Strass, built 1941 by Albert Speer, ...
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Tokyo Tower's illumination changes almost daily to celebrate something. How to know what?

This official website of Tokyo Tower has an English-language calendar: https://www.tokyotower.co.jp/lightup/en.php It details for each day's illumination: Its name, for instance today is "Magic ...
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