15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their Surroundings

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With all the wonders that the world holds, we’re exposed to countless photographs that show us sights we may never get to lay eyes on in person.

However, the particular way those sights are photographed can actually change the way they appear to us.

This collection of shots demonstrates how important framing, perspective, and lighting are to a photograph.

Each pair of photos is of the same object, but the changes in perspective make them look almost entirely different from one another.

A sight can look magnificent if photographed one way, but sometimes less (or even more) grand if captured in a different way.

Take a look – these photos may just change your view.

1. The Great Pyramid of Giza, Cairo, Egypt

Just outside the city of Cairo is the Great Pyramid of Giza. It’s the largest of the 3 pyramids in the Giza Necropolis and is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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2. Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England

The world-famous Stonehenge is composed of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. It’s believed to have been constructed sometime between 3000BC to 2000BC.

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3. Taj Mahal, Agra, India

The Taj Mahal, a white marble mausoleum, was built by Mughal emperor Shan Jahan in memory of his third wife.

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4. The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany

A former city gate, The Brandenburg gate was rebuilt in the late 18th century as a neoclassical triumphal arch. It’s been the site for several significant historical events.

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5. Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Renowned architect Antoni Gaudi designed the Sagrada Familia, a large Roman Catholic church known for its stunning architecture.

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6. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada & New York, United States

Niagara Falls is composed of 3 waterfalls that lay on the Canadian-US border. The largest is Horseshoe Falls, and it’s one of the most voluminous waterfalls in the world.

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7. The Acropolis, Athens, Greece

An ancient citadel located high above Athens, the Acropolis contains the remains of several historically and architecturally significant buildings, including the Parthenon.

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8. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, United States

Mount Rushmore contains iconic sculptures of four US presidents, carved into the granite face of the mountains. The entire memorial spans over 1,000 acres.

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9. The Forbidden City, Beijing, China

The Forbidden City, a former Chinese imperial palace, served as the home of emperors and their households for almost 500 years.

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10. Hollywood, California, United States

A district in the city of Los Angeles, Hollywood is known for its entertainment industry and its iconic white lettered sign.

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11. Santorini, Greece

Southeast of Greece’s mainland lays Santorini, an island in the southern Aegean Sea. It is the most active volcanic center in the South Aegean Volcanic Arc, which has been volcanically active for around 3-4 million years.

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12. Mona Lisa, Paris, France

The Musée du Louvre is home to the Mona Lisa, a famous painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci.

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13. Central Park, New York, United States

In New York City is Central Park, a popular urban park that spans over 843 acres.

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14. Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

The Arc de Triomphe lies in the center of Place Charles de Gaulle in Paris. It was constructed to honor those who fought and died in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

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15. The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Little Mermaid, a bronze statue in Copenhagen, was based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale of the same name.

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