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Some buildings, art pieces, natural features, and ruins are so well known, their images immediately identifiable to people all over the world, that they have become icons of place. Here are 82 examples, in alphabetical order by country.

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C Noah Pelletier

C. Noah Pelletier is working on a series of essays about growing up in the American South, marrying young, and living abroad. Having spent two years in China, he has traveled extensively throughout South East Asia. A native of North Carolina, Noah now resides in Germany with his wife, where they have once again come to terms with metal cutlery. Follow him @flyingknuckle.

  • Digital Yak Studio_Deepika Shrestha Ross

    Enjoyed this – thanks!

  • Candice Walsh

    10 out of 82! woo…haha.

    • The Occasional Traveller

      hey same here! *hi five*

  • Tanya Fortier

    Amazing!

  • Kathy Amen

    This would be a great reference to study before playing a high level of trivial pursuit 8-). Plus, great pix!

  • Ivana Katz

    Beautiful pictures… looks like I have plenty more travelling to do… only 14 out 82 :)

  • Julie Christina Stewart

    These will trap you into a long travel daydream…

  • Francisco Granadeiro

    Beautiful pictures, very good to see 2 of Portugal, my country, but I was really surprised not to see any photo of Prague. If you have never been ther, definatly go.

    • Flying Pork Knuckle

      Hey Francisco, guess you didn’t see 17& 18 ; )

  • Tere Estudillo

    12/82 I need to keep traveling! I’m kind of sad there’s no Mexico in it :(…still liked it tho’.

  • EastOf Malaga

    Yaay! 23 out of 82 – but this list is very subjective. There are plenty of amazing places in the world to visit that aren´t here – like the Grand Canyon USA and Doubtful Sound in New Zealand.

  • Ivy Manalansan C

    What a pity! Out of 82 amazing landmarks, I have only visited 3:
    Temple of the Golden Pavilion – Kyoto, Japan.
    Eiffel Tower – Paris, France.
    Burj Al-Arab – Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    But I can add 2 more in the list within the next few weeks: the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar! <3

    Foreseeable in the future are those in Egypt and Italy and since I hail from Asia, you can add Cambodia, China, Malaysia and Indonesia in the iconic-world-landmarks-to-visit-before-you-die list! (^o^)

    • Nicole Hansell

      I have visited seven and hope to visit many more in the future!

    • Jil Purple

      Lowlah I got to 9 places:

    • Jil Purple

      1Ruins of St. Paul-Macau, 2Palace of Westminster-London, 3Eiffel Tower-Paris, 4Colosseum – Rome, 5Trevi Fountain-Rome, 6Leaning tower of Pisa-Pisa, 7Petronas Tower-Kuala Lumpur, 8Burj Al Arab-Dubai, 9Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi

    • Ivy Manalansan C

      @[100001565212016:2048:Nicole], let’s drink to that! :) @[1136766355:2048:Jil], I will be so over the moon if I get to visit Italia next year! <3

    • Jil Purple

      nakuu dnt miss to go to Pisa and Florence, though di pko nkapunta ng Florence pro sabi ni mudra maganda daw dun. S city malilibot mo n lhat kaya ng 1 day frm Vatican to the Fontana and the Colosseo then punta n kau s provinces mas magaganda.

    • Ivy Manalansan C

      Papi @[100000812829221:2048:Dexter], Italy daw sabi ni @[1136766355:2048:Jil]! <3

    • Jil Purple

      Gora! Sabihan nyo me kelan nyo plan sasabay ako! Punta tau Austria & Prague or switzerland nakuuu namiss ko n swiss alps!

  • Tours du Cap

    I can’t believe you left out Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa!

  • Susan Chung

    19/82! Only 23.17%. Wish to cover more coming years…..

  • Varun Sharma

    Only 4/82. Some of these I could care less about, while some places on my bucket list are not considered iconic enough or are not a single landmark. Thanks to this post my list just got longer.

  • Varun Sharma

    Only 4/82. Some of these I could care less about, while some places on my bucket list are not considered iconic enough or are not a single landmark. Thanks to this post my list just got longer.

  • Varun Sharma

    Only 4/82. Some of these I could care less about, while some places on my bucket list are not considered iconic enough or are not a single landmark. Thanks to this post my list just got longer.

  • Varun Sharma

    Only 4/82. Some of these I could care less about, while some places on my bucket list are not considered iconic enough or are not a single landmark. Thanks to this post my list just got longer.

  • Airlie Pelletier

    well, I’ve got to get on the move.. only 7 out of 82? geez and I thought I was fairly well-traveled..

  • Clarisse Hammerli

    Great list but one problem: the Museum of Contemporary Art in number 10 is NOT in Rio de Janeiro! It is in NITERÓI, a city across Guanabara Bay from Rio. I live in Rio, was born in Niterói and took art classes there in my teens… Believe me.

  • Sarah Farah

    43 is in Palastine and not Israel !!!

  • Mike Connor

    Better get going then Ivana ;)

  • Ivana Katz

    Got a plane I can borrow Mike?

  • Mike Connor

    I wish I did!! I’ve only seen 6 so it seems like you have better access to the plane than I do …LOL

  • Ivana Katz

    Mike, perhaps I get itchy feet more often :) Which 6 have you seen?

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