Make sure these landmarks are on your photography bucket list
The world is littered with picture-perfect landmarks screaming out for you to take a selfie in front of.
The Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum and the Great Pyramid of Giza are just some of the famous landmarks tourists swarm to each year, but don’t forget about these stunning sites.
Christ the Redeemer
People flock from all over the world to snap a shot of themselves in front of this statue, arms spread wide like the imposing stone figure. Built as a symbol of Brazilian Christianity, the pose indicates that Christ loves and embraces everyone. Around 2 million people visit this New 7 Wonder of the World a year, which stands at 125ft tall with the outstretched arms reaching 92ft.
Find it: Corcovado Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Did you know? In 2014, travel blogger Lee Thompson scaled the monument (with permission from the Brazilian authorities) to snap a selfie from the top.
Standing at a jaw-dropping 12,388ft, Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain and is also an active volcano, with its most recent eruption occurring in 1707. Visible from nearby Tokyo and Yokohama, it has been worshiped as a sacred mountain for centuries and is a pilgrimage site, attracting people from all walks of life who come to marvel at its raw beauty from afar, or who hike up to the summit.
Find it: On the border between the Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures in Japan
Did you know? As a result of its sacred importance, women weren’t allowed on Mount Fuji until 1868. Whilst it’s believed that the first person to climb the mountain was a monk in 663, it was only in 1869 that the first women made the same journey.
Designed by the architect Antonio Gaudi, this seriously impressive public park is an explosion of colour. Inside, you’ll stumble across fascinating stone structures and intricate mosaics. At the top of the park is a terraced area which affords stunning panoramas of the rest of the park and Barcelona City itself. The vibrant hues coupled with the striking architecture gives the park a fairy tale feel which provides the perfect backdrop for your holiday snaps.
Find it: Barcelona, Spain
Did you know? The park was originally intended to be a residential park; however, this project was commercially unsuccessful so it became city property in 1923.
The Pamukkale hot springs have welcomed visitors for thousands of years. Known for its sparkling white calcite shelves which are full to the brim with warm water, Pamukkale means ‘cotton castle’ in Turkish and as you wade through the turquoise water you can see where it gets its name. This natural formation is so stunning that there is a spa town nearby that was built by the Romans, and it has been given UNESCO World Heritage status.
Find it: Pamukkale, Turkey
Did you know? You can go for a hot air balloon ride for a stunning aerial view of the springs.
New York City is an Instagrammer’s dream, bursting with world-famous landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Guggenheim Museum. But the iconic Times Square deservedly warrants a lot of attention as it’s where all the action is. As well as hosting the epic New Year’s Eve celebrations to around a million people each year, this bustling square is also home to gigantic hotels, toy shops, theatres and restaurants — prepare for sensory overload.
Find it: Theater District, Manhattan, New York
Did you know? A smoking ban was imposed in 2011, making Times Square a completely smoke-free area. Anyone caught violating the ban receives a $50 fine.
The breathtaking beauty of Vatnajökull Glacier really needs to be seen to be believed. Formed thousands of years ago, it covers an area of around 5,500 square miles and is estimated to be 1000m thick at its deepest point. Around 200 British tourists venture down into the glistening ice caves of the glacier — accompanied by tour guides — every winter to secure some truly magnificent photos.
Find it: Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland
Did you know? As well as being Iceland’s largest glacier, it’s also the largest glacier mass in Europe.
Paris isn’t just about the Eiffel Tower — it’s also home to the Moulin Rouge cabaret. Built in 1889, the original building burnt down in 1915, but it’s still a popular destination for tourists to come along and pose in front of the flamboyant red windmill which became an icon thanks to the 2001 Moulin Rouge! film which starred Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.
Find it: Paris, France
Did you know? This legendary cabaret is thought to be the birthplace of the can-can dance routine.
Aiguille du Midi
This jagged mountain can be found in the Mont Blanc mountain range within the French Alps and is easily visible thanks to its distinctive shape. Hop in a cable car from Chamonix to the summit and prepare to be astounded by the jaw-dropping 360 degree vistas of the Alps. Remember to wrap up though, as temperatures are well below zero even during the summer months and prepare to queue as this is an exceptionally popular attraction drawing in around half a million visitors a year.
Find it: Chamonix, France
Did you know? The mountain has the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world, taking it from 1,035m to 3,842m.
Photos of the world’s tallest building are bound to make a lasting impression on your Facebook feed. The tip of Burj Khalifa reaches up into the sky at 830m and the structure is truly stunning at night when the shimmering lights sparkle against the sky. Take a shot from the ground below or, if you have a head for heights, get in the high-speed lift to access the world’s highest observatory deck (at 555m above the ground) which will allow you to enjoy 360 degree views of the city, desert and ocean.
Find it: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Did you know? The building is so tall that you can watch the sun set twice from it: once from one of the lower floors, and then again from the top.
Immediately recognisable, the Grand Canyon pulls out all the stops to overwhelm its visitors. Prepare to be mesmerised by the sheer scale of the crimson and cinnamon erosional forms that are thought to be millions of years old. This gigantic scar in the landscape spans 277 miles and is up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep, so there are plenty of vantage points where you can sit and gaze at this wonder of the world in all its glory.
Find it: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Did you know? Helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon is a popular place for marriage proposals to happen.
St. Basil’s Cathedral
This Russian landmark is a feast for the eyes. Made up of a kaleidoscope of colours and the distinctive onion domes, St. Basil’s Cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible and was constructed between 1555 and 1561. After getting a shot of the exterior, venture indoors to admire the masterpiece from within and to bask in the tranquil atmosphere. The balcony also offers a stunning view of the Volga River.
Find it: Red Square, Moscow, Russia
Did you know? One of the myths surrounding the Cathedral is that Ivan ordered the architect to be blinded so that he could never replicate the striking design.
Apr 24, 2016 at 5:44am PDT