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

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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

Source: Planetware

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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

Source: HDwallpapers

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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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forbidden-city-zoomed-out

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I almost missed it.

4. The Stonehenge, England

The Stonehenge, England

Source: Grayline

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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

Source: Danoots

The-Acropolis-zoomed-out

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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

Source: Planetware

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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

Source: Adriano3000

You have to admit, the aerial view is stunning.

10. Central Park, NYC, USA

Central Park, NYC, USA

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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

Source: World Visits

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

13. Hollywood, California

Hollywood, California

Source: Thepobv

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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

monalisa-zoomed-out

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

Source: Askideas

This landmark is even more stunning from the aerial view.

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