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What 11 Famous Landmarks Look Like Zoomed Out

When looked at from a different view, these landmarks tell a whole different story.

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Central Park

Central Park is located right in the middle of Manhattan. Many people find it to be a nice escape from the bustling city that surrounds it. Even though this urban park is over 840 acres, it’s hard to avoid the noises of New York City when you’re in it.

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Aerial view of Manhattan New York looking north up Central ParkPhoto: Shutterstock

Central Park

Yep, that’s still the same park! Check out our movie-geek’s guide to filming locations in New York City!

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Egyptian Giza three pyramidsPhoto: Shutterstock

The Great Pyramids of Giza

The Great Pyramids in Egypt are the last of the Seven Wonders of the World. They’re located on the Giza Plateau right outside the city of Cairo.

Check out the world’s greatest engineering marvels!

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Famous landmarks zoomed out: The Great Pyramids of GizaPhoto: ShutterStock

The Great Pyramids of Giza

It’s easy to see how this magnificent man-made structure is being shadowed by the modern city built up around it. Here are nine more architectural wonders you must see before you die.

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Berlin Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor), Berlin, GermanyPhoto: Shutterstock

The Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is located in Berlin, Germany. It serves as a symbol of what was once a divided city. People used to climb onto an observation deck on it to see what was happening on the other side of the Iron Curtain.

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BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2014: View on the Brandenburg Gate from in Berlin.Photo: Shutterstock

The Brandenburg Gate

The Gate was the location where it was announced that the Berlin Wall would be taken down. It now serves as a symbol of unity. Here are the top 10 things to do in Berlin.

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BARCELONA - AUGUST 9: The Nativity Facade of the Sagrada Familia, the most iconic landmark designed by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, as seen on August 9, 2017. Cranes digitally removedPhoto: Shutterstock

Sagrada Familia

This Roman Catholic basilica in Barcelona, Spain, has yet to be finished. Ten more spires still need to be built. Construction isn’t expected to be complete until 2026.

Check out these eerily gorgeous churches from around the world!

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Sagrada familia and panorama view of barcelona city at dusk ,SpainPhoto: Shutterstock

Sagrada Familia

Looking at it from up close makes it seem larger than life. Zoom out, and the view is quite different. Still a beauty though!

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Parthenon temple on a bright day. Acropolis in Athens, GreecePhoto: Shutterstock

The Acropolis

The Acropolis is made up of a few of the greatest architecturally designed structures in the world. Here are the top 10 things to do in Athens.

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Aerial birds eye view photo taken by drone of iconic Acropolis hill and the Parthenon, Athens historic center, Attica, GreecePhoto: Shutterstock

The Acropolis

The structures are built on a rocky hill and the city of Athens, Greece, sits below them.

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Taj Mahal in sunrise light, Agra, IndiaPhoto: Shutterstock

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal, which sits on the southern bank of the Yamuna River in Agra, India, took over 20 years to build.

Check out these helpful hints for Canadians travelling to India for the first time!

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Taj Mahal

This mausoleum is a symbol of wealth and the rich history of India, but many people don’t see the poverty that surrounds it.

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Beautiful Niagara Falls on a clear sunny day. Niagara, CanadaPhoto: Shutterstock

Niagara Falls

The Niagara Parks Commission was established in 1885 to preserve the natural beauty of Niagara Falls.

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Niagara Falls Aerial View from helicopter, Canadian Falls, CanadaPhoto: Shutterstock

Niagara Falls

Fact: 3,160 tons of water flow over this famous waterfall every second. It’s pretty amazing to see if from a bird’s eye view. Here are the 10 most beautiful waterfalls in Canada.

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Stonehenge at DawnPhoto: Shutterstock


Stonehenge is the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Here are 50 natural wonders you must see before you die!

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AMESBURY, WILTSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 03, 2016: Aerial photograph of Stonehenge showing people visiting which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in England.Photo: Shutterstock


While Stonehenge loses a bit of its magnitude zoomed out, you can’t help but gaze at the lush greenery.

Here are 10 ancient mysteries researchers still can’t explain.

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Mount Rushmore

The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln were etched into the side of a mountain in South Dakota, forming Mount Rushmore.

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aerial view of Mount Rushmore on a cloudy spring morningPhoto: Shutterstock

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore serves as a symbol of America that stands for the birth, growth, development, and preservation of the country. Here are 15 more fascinating facts you never knew about the United States.

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PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 06, 2016: Visitors take photo of Leonardo DaVinci's "Mona Lisa" at the Louvre MuseumPhoto: Shutterstock

Mona Lisa

Many people think the Mona Lisa is much larger than it actually is. Here are seven more things you didn’t know about the Mona Lisa.

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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 18 , 2014 : A many of visitors take photos of "Mona Lisa" , by Leonardo DaVinci's at the Louvre Museum, june 18, 2014 in Paris, France.Photo: Shutterstock

Mona Lisa

The famous painting, which is housed at the Louvre in Paris, France, is only 30 x 20 7/8 inches. These are the top 10 things to do in Paris.

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Skyline of Oia, traditional white architecture with windmills, greek village of Santorini, Greece. Santorini is island in Aegean sea, famous summer resort.Photo: Shutterstock


Santorini is a group of islands located in the Aegean Sea. Its rugged landscape was caused by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century.

This is the cheapest time to visit Santorini—and more of the world’s most in-demand destinations.

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Aerial view to the amazing Thira. Santorini, Greece.Photo: Shutterstock


Santorini is well known for its beautiful blue waters and whitewashed buildings.

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