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Where is this tower, likely photographed in Belgium about 100 years ago?

This is not in Belgium, but in Béthune, France, although not far from the Belgian border. The belfry (the tower) is originally from 1346, but was destroyed during the first world war and rebuilt ...
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Is it illegal to take a piece of the Berlin Wall?

Edit: The new answer by Jack is quite excellent! However, unless doing something like that, then: There was a lot of leftover debris while the Berlin Wall was being demolished. That, however, was a ...
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Is it illegal to take a piece of the Berlin Wall?

There is a hotel in Berlin that lets you chip away your own pieces of the wall and take them with you as part of a package deal. So there do still exist legal options for you to take your own piece ...
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Is it illegal to take a piece of the Berlin Wall?

This contradicts travel etiquette more generally. (Barring some more specific local ethic saying it's okay, but that doesn't seem to exist here). The ethic is known as Leave No Trace (wikipedia) and ...
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Is the 4 Corners Monument wrong, or is Google Maps wrong?

There was a discussion in a land surveying forum of how far off Google Earth was in various situations. Google Maps and Google Earth are not exactly the same product, but the discussion may be ...
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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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Is it possible to climb Uluru (Ayers Rock)?

As of October 26th 2019, it will not be possible to climb Uluru: In line with the agreed process in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Management Plan 2010-2020 and the wishes of traditional owners,...
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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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Is the 4 Corners Monument wrong, or is Google Maps wrong?

I am going to add a bit more background to Gerard Ashton's answer as my background is in mapping, surveying, and GIS. Gerard is absolutely correct. Whatever the original survey said is the location of ...
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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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What's the least difference in longitude on a flight between a pair of IATA airports?

I have a database of OpenFlights data laying around from What's the quickest route between antipodes using regularly scheduled transit?, so let's put it to work. [an excruciatingly boring period ...
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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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Emotive Sculpture in a Port - Where Is It?

The statue is located in the port at Odessa and can be seen here and here. Created by the sculptor Alexander Tokarev. It is the modest memorial, dedicated to the faithful wives of seafarers and ...
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Help identifying this landmark and road in "Los Angeles 1940s, Residential Area in color"

Portal of the Folded Wings Shrine to Aviation: The Portal of the Folded Wings Shrine to Aviation is in Los Angeles, California. The shrine is a 75-foot-tall (23 m) structure of marble, mosaic, and ...
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Is there any kind of monument or marker for the Tropic of Cancer along the coast on the east side of Taiwan?

I think what you're looking for is Jing Pu Tropic of Cancer landmark. It's located just off route 11 and is marked on Google Maps as a landmark.
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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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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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Is the town of Continental Divide, New Mexico located on the actual continental divide?

Is the town of Continental Divide, New Mexico located on the actual continental divide? Yes. In Grants the Continental Divide Trail crosses a river. On the map you link to it can be seen about 8 ...
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What's the difference between the main deck and top deck of the Empire State Building?

The biggest difference between main deck: 86th floor and top deck: 102nd floor is that main deck is open air observatory and top deck is much smaller room enclosed by glass. As question mentions the ...
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What's the least difference in latitude on a flight between a pair of IATA airports?

Following the same procedure as the longitude question and the same elimination of nonsense and duplicates: SELECT ST_Y(source_geom) as src_y, ST_Y(destination_geom) as dst_y, abs(ST_Y(source_geom)-...
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Paying Respects to Holocaust Victims in Paris: Are the Vélodrome d'Hiver & Drancy Camp respectable museums to visit? Are they even museums?

I don't think there's a museum at the Velodrome d'Hiver site (the building itself doesn't exist anymore). There's a monument there : https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Place_des_Martyrs-Juifs-du-V%C3%...
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Alcatraz from shore?

Yes. Assuming a reasonably clear time of day with visibility of a couple miles (which is not at all a given, see comments about fog above), the island and the prison building are easily visible from ...
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Is it illegal to take a piece of the Berlin Wall?

The gift shop at the Checkpoint Charlie / Berlin Wall museum sells small chunks of the wall in various forms (e.g. encased in plastic at the end of a bookmark) for reasonable prices, like a couple ...
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Is the town of Continental Divide, New Mexico located on the actual continental divide?

The best answer to this question would be, it's close enough. The things is, the Continental Divide is not a geographic line*, it's a hydrological concept that separates the various eastern and ...
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Can I buy tickets to Crown of Statue of Liberty on premise?

As the official National Park Service website states clearly, Due to its extreme popularity, access to the crown is by advanced reservation only. Statue Cruises is the official source for crown ...
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Where is there this large rock in the French Riviera?

That's Rocher de la Baume in Sisteron.
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Where are these old Yugoslavian monuments?

Here is a list of all monuments coordinates except Brezovica. It is partially based on @Aleks G's link and @davidvc pastebin of it, however, some coordinates there are misleading. For such ones, the ...
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Visiting Neuschwanstein on December 31

From previous visits: the parking lots will also be closed, as will be the restaurants and any horse-carts or stuff that taxis you uphill. The Marienbrücke is in publicly accessible forest, as is the ...
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Is the 4 Corners Monument wrong, or is Google Maps wrong?

The answer is somewhat interesting. The monument itself is the legal border, as defined by New Mexico v. Colorado, 267 U.S. 30 (1925) because it lies directly on the lines "as surveyed". ...
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