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.

Perito Moreno Glacier – Patagonia, Argentina

Perito Moreno glacier Argentina

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Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia

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Uluru / Ayers Rock – Northern Territory, Australia

Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia

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There’s more to the Outback than this massive slab of sandstone.

Schloss Schönbrunn – Vienna, Austria

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Swarovski Crystal World – Innsbruck, Austria

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Manneken Pis – Brussels, Belgium 

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This little guy draws a big crowd. See what else Brussels has to offer.

Tiger’s Nest Monastery – Paro Valley, Bhutan

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Salar de Uyuni – Potosí and Oruro Departments, Bolivia 

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Here’s Matador’s recommendation on how to visit the Salar.

Cristo Redentor – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Museum of Contemporary Art – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque – Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

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St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – Sofia, Bulgaria

Architecture of Sofia, Bulgaria

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Angkor Wat – Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia

Monks at Angkor Wat

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Parliament Hill – Ottawa, Canada

bright bed of tulips in front of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa Canada for the Canadian Tulip Festival

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CN Tower – Toronto, Canada

frozen Lake Ontario and the skyline of Toronto

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Niagara Falls – Canada & USA

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Church of Our Lady before Týn – Prague, Czech Republic

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Dancing House – Prague, Czech Republic

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Mano del Desierto – Atacama Desert, Chile

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Great Wall of China, Mutianyu section – Huairou County, China

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Tiananmen Square (& Gate of Heavenly Peace) – Beijing, China 

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Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower – Shanghai, China

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Ruins of St. Paul’s – Macau, China

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Moai – Easter Island, Chile

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Las Lajas Sanctuary – Ipiales, Colombia

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Great Pyramids – Giza, Egypt 

Pyramids mysteries: The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt

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Palace of Westminster – London, United Kingdom

Big Ben from Westminster Bridge

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Eiffel Tower – Paris, France 

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Cologne Cathedral – Cologne, Germany

Christmas market in front of the Cathedral of Cologne, Germany

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Brandenburg Gate – Berlin, Germany

Berlin Brandenburg Gate

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Neuschwanstein Castle – Schwangau, Germany

Hannover Rathaus – Hannover, Germany

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Gehry Buildings at Medienhafen – Düsseldorf, Germany

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Acropolis – Athens, Greece

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Blue domes – Santorini, Greece

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Hungarian Parliament Building – Budapest, Hungary

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Szechenyi Chain Bridge – Budapest, Hungary

Chain bridge on the Danube river in Budapest city

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Hallgrimskirkja – Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik - May 01, 2018: Hallgrimskirkja church in the center of Reykjaivk, Iceland, icelandic culture

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The Golden Temple – Amritsar, India

Golden Temple

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Taj Mahal – Agra, India

Taj Mahal

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Borobudur Temple – Magelang, Indonesia

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Azadi Tower – Tehran, Iran

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Dome of the Rock – Old City of Jerusalem, Israel

View over Jerusalem on sunny day

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Colosseum – Rome, Italy

View of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy

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Grand Canal – Venice, Italy 

Sunny skies in Venice

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It’s possible to kayak the Grand Canal.

Trevi Fountain – Rome, Italy

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Duomo – Milan, Italy

Duomo in Milan

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Leaning Tower of Pisa – Pisa, Italy

The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy

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Duomo – Florence, Italy

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

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Temple of the Golden Pavilion – Kyoto, Japan

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Petra – Ma’an Governorate, Jordan

Petra, along the jordan trail

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Bayterek – Astana, Kazakhstan

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Petronas Towers – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Crystal Mosque – Terengganu, Malaysia

Crystal Mosque, Malaysia

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Lord Murugan Statue & Batu Caves – Gombak, Malaysia

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Great Mosque of Djenné – Djenné, Mali

Great Mosque of Djenne in Mali

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Choijin Lama Temple Museum – Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Choijin Lama

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Oslo Opera House – Oslo, Norway

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Machu Picchu – Cusco Region, Peru 

View of Machu Picchu from above

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Belém Tower – Lisbon, Portugal

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Palácio Nacional da Pena – Sintra, Portugal

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Museum of Islamic Art – Doha, Qatar

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St. Basil’s Cathedral – Moscow, Russia

St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow on Red Square on a summer evening and a blue cloud

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African Renaissance Monument – Dakar, Senegal

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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum – Singapore

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Combs of the Winds – San Sebastian, Spain

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Dona i Ocell – Barcelona, Spain

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Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias – Valencia, Spain

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Guggenheim Museum – Bilbao, Spain

BILBAO, SPAIN - June 19, 2016: Guggenheim Museum on June 19, 2016 in Bilbao, Spain. This and futuristic museum was designed by Frank Gehry.

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Changdeokgung Palace – Seoul, South Korea

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National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall – Taipei, Taiwan

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Potala Palace – Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China

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Rock houses – near Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey 

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Check out the fairy chimneys from a hot air balloon.

Basilica Cistern – Istanbul, Turkey

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Blue Mosque – Istanbul, Turkey


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Burj Al-Arab – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

sheikh zayed grand mosque abu dhabi

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Lincoln Memorial – Washington D.C., United States of America

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Angel Falls – Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Angel Falls in morning light instagrammed waterfalls

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Cao Dai Temple – Tay Ninh, Vietnam

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Victoria Falls – Borders Zambia & Zimbabwe 

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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