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17 Iconic Landmarks That Appear Majestic Up-Close- Until You Zoom Out!

It’s all about perspective.


We all have seen the beauty of famous landmarks of the world. In pictures and up-close, you will be amazed at how magnificent the structures are. But have you ever wondered what it would look like if it was not seen from a close view?

This collection of photos just shows that perspective is an important factor in producing good or bad images. Well-known landmarks have always captivated the hearts of people and for those who haven’t been to any of them all they have is envy for people who have actually visited the locations.

Sometimes, photography can be misleading. Add to that the technology of post-photo editing, anyone can make an ordinary-looking object look like a million-dollar snapshot.

But the different perspectives of these landmarks do not mean that they are less beautiful than how people already see them. The best examples are Greece’s Acropolis and New York’s Central Park, which—when viewed from above—are just as splendid, if not more, as they are up-close.

1. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

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For a moment there, the pyramids lost their magnificent appeal.

2. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA

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Who would’ve thought, the majestic Mount Rushmore would look ordinary from above.

3. Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Forbidden City, Beijing, China

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I almost missed it.

4. The Stonehenge, England

The Stonehenge, England

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What do you think of the Stonehenge from above?

5. Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

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Not quite dramatic as it looks up-close.

6. The Acropolis, Greece

The Acropolis, Greece

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The ruins are still breathtakingly beautiful.

7. Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal, India

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Taj Mahal’s beauty is always perfectly captured in photographs. But when seen from afar and with slum areas visible, it’s a different story.

8. Niagara Falls, USA/Canada

Niagara Falls, USA/Canada

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You’d think Niagara Falls is located in some natural area away from the sight of the city. Think again.

9. Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

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You have to admit, the aerial view is stunning.

10. Central Park, NYC, USA

Central Park, NYC, USA


The Central Park viewed from above is spectacular.

11. Little Mermaid Statue, Denmark

Little Mermaid Statue, Denmark

Photoshop here played a very important role.

12. Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

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I don’t know about you, but Santorini still looks gorgeous from afar.

13. Hollywood, California

Hollywood, California

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When viewed from afar, it’s not as awesome as it is up close.

14. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

This zoomed out photo of the Peruvian ruins shows that the iconic landmark retains its magnificence.

15. Mona Lisa, Louvre, Paris

Mona Lisa, Louvre, Paris


From afar, the painting looks like any other piece of artwork put up in an exhibit.

16. Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

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This landmark is even more stunning from the aerial view.


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Here's a look of di Caprio's island from the crystal waters.

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This is the exact location of the island in Belize.

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Are you an annoying hotel guest? Find out if you happen to be one of them in the list provided.

Travelers these days seem to have higher expectations than usual when it comes to staying in hotels. With the number of hotel chains available, choosing one that best fits your needs is actually an easy task. What is often left behind because of such high expectations is one's etiquette or common courtesy if you will.
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Don't start with your rewards status before actually stating your name upon arrival at the front desk.

Don't start with your rewards status before actually stating your name upon arrival at the front desk.

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South Africa

South Africa

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