The World's Most Famous Landmarks

The world's most famous landmarks as you've (probably) never seen them

 

Think you know these world famous landmarks? Think again. Here are some fresh perspectives on the planet’s most photographed attractions, starting with Mount Rushmore from the air, with only George Washington’s profile visible.

Most shots of the Giza pyramid complex, the last surviving wonder of the ancient world, don't show just how close to the city they lie.

Ever seen this before? The Sydney Opera House is among the most recognisable buildings in the world – but only from the outside.

The Great Wall of China meets the sea at Shanhaiguan. The site is known as the Old Dragon's Head because it is believed to look like a dragon sipping water from the ocean.

Rome's Colosseum is rarely photographed from the sky – an angle that shows just how sandwiched it is by busy roads.

The classic shot of Machu Picchu is taken from the entrance to the site, with the peak of Huayna Picchu forming the backdrop. Hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for a very different view, which includes the zigzagging road that coaches use to take visitors from the modern town of Aguas Calientes to the lost Inca city.

Stonehenge is another site that looks a little less impressive from above. The aerial angle highlights its surprisingly diminuitive size – and the close proximity of the A303.

Most visitors to Petra arrive via The Siq, a narrow, winding gorge that ends at the entrance to The Treasury. They get their own version of that famous photo and - more often than not - soon head back to their tour bus. The ancient Nabatean city is vast, however, covering 100 square miles and featuring hundreds of temples, tombs and towers, as well as a massive theatre - en-Nejr - pictured here.

Another building that's better known from the outside is Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. But the interior is just as extravagant. Book well in advance for the chance to step inside.

Source: Telegraph

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