50 of the Most Important Landmarks of the World (Part 1)

Originally, a landmark literally meant a geographic feature used by explorers and others to find their way back or through an area.

Now, a landmark includes anything that is easily recognizable, such as a monument or a building, or any other spot to designate places that might be of interest to tourists.

A few examples are the Statue of Liberty, Uluru, the Taj Mahal, Mount Everest, and the Eiffel Tower.

When we see one of those, everyone knows in which part of the world they are located.

Here are 50 landmarks for you to recognize. Are you ready for a trip around the world? Oh, and in case you want to see more, check out 50 More of the most Important Landmarks of the World – Part 2

Blue-domed Church in Santorini

Blue-domed Church in Santorini
author: MarcelGermain

St Basil Cathedral in Moscow

St Basil Cathedral in Moscow
author: lotusveritas

The Statue of Liberty in New York

The Statue of Liberty in New York
author: Jonathan Gropp

Machu Picchu in Peru

Machu Picchu in Peru
author: westindies972

The Taj Mahal in Agra ( India )

The Taj Mahal in Agra ( India )
author: didumdidum

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

The Great Sphynx at Giza

The Great Sphynx at Giza
author: upyernoz

The Chinese Wall in China

The Chinese Wall in China
author: kira-4

Uluru in the Northern Territory

Uluru in the Northern Territory
author: jozecuervo

The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen
author: Erling A

Windmills at Kinderdijk ( Holland )

Windmills at Kinderdijk ( Holland )
author: avdstelt

Agia Sofia in Istanbul, Turkey

Agia Sofia Mosque in the Greek Island of Limnos
author: gil-levy

Acropolis of Athens

Mount Fuji in Japan

Mount Fuji in Japan
author: kadluba

Stonehenge in the English county of Wiltshire

Stonehenge in the English county of Wiltshire
author: cerinia

Big Ben in London

Big Ben in London
author: clarissa

Neuschwanstein in Bavaria

Neuschwanstein in Bavaria
author: Travis Olsen

Mount Eden crater in New Zealand

Mount Eden crater in New Zealand
author: brewbooks

Loch Ness in Scotland

Loch Ness in Scotland
author: alibabes777

Easter Island in the Polynesian Triangle

Easter Island in the Polynesian Triangle
author: Squicker

Christo Redemptor in Rio de Janeiro

Christo Redemptor in Rio de Janeiro
author: paulgalbraith

Capitol Hill in Washington DC

Capitol Hill in Washington DC
author: Nicolas Raymond

Tower of Pisa

Tower of Pisa
author: uh

Al Aqsa in Jerusalem

Al Aqsa in Jerusalem
author: green-des

Niagara Falls at the border of Ontario ( Canada ) and New York ( USA )

Niagara Falls at the border of Ontario ( Canada ) and New York ( USA )
author: nightline

Angkor Wat at Cambodia

Angkor Wat at Cambodia
author: 14983

The Burj in Dubai

The Burj in Dubai
author: joel9

Bran Castle in Romania

Bran Castle in Romania
author: d johnson

Manneke Pis in Brussels

Manneke Pis in Brussels
author: wesley guijt

Mount Everest on the border of Tibet and Nepal

Mount Everest on the border of Tibet and Nepal
author: Joe Hastings

Mecca in Saudi Arabia

Mecca in Saudi Arabia
author: par30web

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
author: rickz

St Peters at Vatican City

St Peters at Vatican City
author: skere

Mont St Michel in France

Mont St Michel in France
author: Adam Edwards

Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

Mount Rushmore in South Dakota
author: J. Stephen Conn

Victoria Falls between Zambia and Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls between Zambia and Zimbabwe
author: r1ff-raff

The Grand Canyon in Arizona

The Grand Canyon in Arizona
author: Nate zeman

Nevado Mismi in Peru ( source of the Amazon River )

Nevado Mismi in Peru ( source of the Amazon River )
author: mountainfit

Auschwitz in Poland

The Great Buddha of Kamakura in Tokyo

The Great Buddha of Kamakura in Tokyo
author: Dmitry Valberg

Neptune and the Palace of Versailles in France

Neptune and the Palace of Versailles in France
author: Gauis Caecilius

Cape of Good Hope in South Africa

Cape of Good Hope in South Africa
author: Nicolas Raymond

Trevi Fountain in Rome

Trevi Fountain in Rome
author: top4

Petra in Jordan

Petra in Jordan
author: ibrahim-k

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

North Cape in Norway

North Cape in Norway
author: Morten Ols

Chichen Itza in Mexico

Chichen Itza in Mexico
author: biga888

Inukshuk in Canada

Inukshuk in Canada
author: ucumari

Lascaux in France

Table Mountain in South Africa

Table Mountain in South Africa
author: miquitos

Author: Hilleke

Hilleke is a lady from Belgium... She is passionate about everything related to photography.

447 thoughts on “50 of the Most Important Landmarks of the World (Part 1)”

  1. fab photos… one thing, horse shoe falls ( Niagara falls ) are entirely in Canada… the US falls are taken from a different angle… and not in the photo…

  2. the photo of the giant Buddha of Kamakura is beautiful….however, it is not in Tokyo but a quaint, small town South of the capital

  3. Lovely pictures – just one correction: while there is a village called Agia Sophia in Limnos in Greece, the Agia Sophia is in fact a mosque in Istanbul Turkey.

  4. Big Ben is not technically a landmark because it cannot be seen unless you are standing inside the bell gallery of St. Steven’s Tower.

  5. Are you really biased against Turkey or have you never visited the country? You mention the little and unknown Hagia Sofia on Limni and not the world-famous one in Istanbul (actually both are churches originally). Visit Turkey and you can fill all 50 items on your list with the photos you will take there. This comes to you from a Belgian couple living in Turkey. Best wishes for your next trip…

  6. Great list but to leave out Newgrange in Ireland is hard to comprehend; it is possibly the oldest standing building in the world.

  7. The so called Al Aqsa mosque (the one with the golden dome) is NOT Al Aqsa!
    The Al Aqsa Mosque has a grey dome.

    This a very common mistake.

    The golden domed one in this picture is called Al Sakhrah Mosque.

    Signed,

    The Israeli infidel

  8. That is not the Burj. It is the Burj Al Arab hotel. The Burj building is an uncompleted building that is much taller.

  9. Las fotos que parecen en este sitio son muy bellas…es más, el Taj Mahal se ve muy tranquilo así sin tanta gente porque cuando yo fui estaban demasiada personas. Gracias por compartir las fotos, ah…y una pregunta, porque no parece el Tikal que pertenece en el país de Guatemala?

  10. Inukshuks definitely don’t belong in this list… there are thousands of them around the Canadian north, it’s not a single landmark like the rest of these monuments or buildings..

  11. What the hell is the Christo Redemptor? Use either the portuguese name Cristo Redentor or the English name Christ the Redeemer…Don’t try making up names you don’t know =P

  12. They included Niagara falls and another waterfalls (which i cant recall right now) and THEY DIDN’T include Iguazú falls???? WTF? so unfair …. stupid yanks

  13. I agree. The inukshuk could be literally anywhere in Canada. It is merely a symbol, not a landmark. Plus they are lame and totally contrived for commercial and advertising purposes.

  14. Carlos says:
    They included Niagara falls and another waterfalls (which i cant recall right now) and THEY DIDN’T include Iguazú falls???? WTF? so unfair …. stupid yanks

    Carlos you are an IDIOT….the woman who published this is from Belgium. Most of Niagra Falls are in Canada so don’t blame the “stupid yanks” you dick

  15. Nice pics.
    To quel some of these “touchy” internauts, just rename your post to “50 important landmarks of the world” There are others, but these are cool to see in one place. Do another one ” Another 50 important…..” with suggestions from the gallery.

    FYI
    The inuksuk may have been used for navigation, as a point of reference, a marker for travel routes, fishing places, camps, hunting grounds, places of veneration, drift fences used in hunting or as a food cache. The Inupiat in northern Alaska used inuksuit to assist in the herding of caribou into contained areas for slaughter. Varying in shape and size, the inuksuit have longtime roots in the Inuit culture.

    Historically the most common type of inukshuk is a single stone positioned in an upright manner. An inuksuk is often confused with an inunnguaq, a cairn representing a human figure. There is some debate as to whether the appearance of human- or cross-shaped cairns developed in the Inuit culture before the arrival of European missionaries and explorers. The size of some innaguait suggest that the construction was often a communal effort. Wikipedia

  16. You did put Castle of Bran, which is in Bran, Romania to be more specific, but you did not put the Sphinx(Sfinx) from Bucegi Mountains, the Old Ladies or “Babele(romanian name)” from the same mountains, the People’s House from Bucharest which is the largest building in Europe. Don’t you think that things like that should be posted in some photographs? I mean they really are landmarks. Anyhow good photography.

  17. Dirk – Don’t tell me, you’re from Isreal. Well I could name half a dozen things that didn’t make it from my country either.

  18. Sistine Chapel in Vatican City??? Forbidden City in China??? Hollywood Sign in LA — lacks grandeur, but known the world over. Times Square, NY?? Ephesus in Turkey. Temple of Luxor in Egypt. Abu Simbal in Egypt. Hoover Dam. The Acropolis.

  19. Beautiful sites but you left out “The Galapagos Islands” and the “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the Earth) in Ecuador which are truly beautiful!

  20. Dear Complainers-
    Take the time to make your own damn list of landmarks then.
    Let us know when you have all the great photos together and are ready to share.

  21. heyyy i loveeed going through this list. honestly thank you so much for making it…i just dont understand why that dubai thing made it and the CN tower didnt…..

  22. Great list, I would love to visit all of those places. To everyone bitching about left out landmarks, this is a post of someone personal opinion, there is no way to make everyone happy, just sit back and enjoy what is there for you to see.

  23. You include the Burj in Dubai but leave out Sydney Opera House?
    Or the Empire State Building?
    Or the Pyramids of Cheops?

    And I would suggest the Spire in Dublin is worthy of mention.

  24. Mount Tilicho Peak is towers at the height of 7,134m. Mountaineers rate this as a technical climb, and not so easy. There are two ways to reach up to Base Camp. Tilicho Peak expedition starts up with a drive Khudi followed by several days trekking to the Tilicho Base Camp via Manang and Khansar Village as well as another way is a short mountain flight from Pokhara brought us to the dry and dusty hill town of Jomsom as well as start from Beni Bazaar to Jomsom. From here we proceed east and north to cross the high and very difficult Mesokanto Pass at an altitude of 5300m. At the top of the pass we managed to locate some marine fossils (shells) which testify to the fact that the Himalayas was once beneath the sea. We choose the first idea as this allows enough time for acclimatization and less difficulties for taking all the logistics. The views on the routes are breath taking; anything that can surpass your imagination. What you see is Tilicho Peak and the azure and peaceful Tilicho Lake below. It is a glacial lake and unfriendly to marine life. People say they often find marine fossils (shells) that probably support the fact that the Himalayas were once beneath the sea.

  25. The photographs were beautiful and truly recognizable…so the lady made some errors…so what? The title of the piece is The 50 Most Important Landmarks…not The World’s Most Important Landmarks. Collect a list of ALL the important landmarks in the world and you will find that by the time you have finished the list, the world will have built so many more that you will be busy for the rest of your life keeping the list up-to-date!

  26. How could they not include the Dead Sea in Israel?!
    It’s the lowest elevation on the Earth’s surface on dry land, plus, IT IS AWSOME!!!

  27. Thanks for all the tips guys ! I made a second post on this subject, and included some of the landmarks you suggested.
    It’s impossible to please everyone, there are so many beautiful spots in the world… But I hope you’ll enjoy the sequel !

  28. Some of the photos are very good; many do not capture the essence of the landmark. Also, the titling needs work, for example, “The Chinese Wall in China”, I believe everyone knows and refers to it as The Great Wall. Errors of the types above detract.

  29. SCOTT SAID: “fab photos… one thing, horse shoe falls ( Niagara falls ) are entirely in Canada… the US falls are taken from a different angle… and not in the photo…”

    Scott, if I may, your comment is not quite accurate. The international boundary places all of what is commonly referred to as the American Falls and one half of the Horseshoe Falls commonly referred to as the Canadian Falls within the United States. The boundary divides the Horseshoe Falls exactly in the middle.

    Scott’s mistake is a common enough one. That said the best view of the Falls by far is from the Canadian side and that is where we always stay when we visit the Falls. A stupid Yank.

  30. Oops, with all due respect Scott may have been more right than I. After doing a little research, not at all scientific, it looks to me as though almost all of the Horseshoe Falls is within Canada, with perhaps one fifth in the US.

    Apologies to Scott. Still without question is the beauty of the Niagara Falls Park on the Canadian side and of course the views from there are the best.

    A stupid Yank

  31. Not to beat a dead horse Josfitz, but there are two distinctly different ” Niagara Falls” The Horseshoe falls, entirely in Canada, and the American falls in New York… The two are separated by a chunk of land and the photo contained on this sight is a shot of the Horseshoe falls, Canada, not one fifth in the US… If you google image it, you will see what I mean…. try……….” aerial shots Niagara Falls”

  32. i think that you should make the Burj Khalifa and not the Burg Al Arab in Dubai, UAE the important sight to see. also include the grande bazaar in Istanbul and Tikal in Guatemala.

  33. I think that u should include the giants causeway, here in Northern Irealnd. Its totally unique and an unbeleivable natural wonder! @ baciephus – u can see big ben from anywhere nearby!

  34. lindzi: Technically, Bg Ben is the BELL that chimes the hours. The clock and the tower are, in fact, known as the clock (or tower clock) and the the clock tower, respectively.

  35. Scott,
    I’m going to respectfully disagree with you and site Google earth’s depiction of the U.S.border. If the measuring tool is used it shows Horseshoe falls 680 feet in the U.S.A./New York and 1270 feet in Canada/Ontario. Josfitz is correct in that the Canadian side has a much better view and they have developed their side much better because of the view. I live about 5 hours drive from the falls and have been there many times but never tire of the view. Awsome is a much overused word nowadays but accurate when used to describe this special place. Many thanks to Hilleke for putting this site together.

  36. Technically speaking, most of you are jerks. She put up a nice photo album for our enjoyment, not an encyclopedia. Enjoy for what it is and quit being so smug!

  37. They forgot New Grange in Ireland which was a megalithic passage tomb mound that was built much before Stone Henge and the Great Pyrimids in Egypt.

  38. It’s a shame to see that many of these landmarks are in Arab countries and that I will never get to see them since I am Israeli and if I were to visit them I would have to hide my identity for fear of being kidnapped or killed….. Great pictures though!!

  39. God there are so many prissy little bitches commenting here…. Stuff is mispelled: get over it. Errors were made in the details: big whoop. Your favorite landmark isn’t listed: cry a river.

    Bottom line is this: the author contributed much more than any of you, so shut up and enjoy it. If you can’t do that, go somewhere else and leave the rest of us in peace.

  40. As it once was said: “Travels broaden the mind”, well… the same applies to these pics. I’m simply taken aback and got my feet itching.

  41. The Chinese Wall? Really? Mistakes on lesser known landmarks I can understand but just about any 5 year old out there knows that the Great Wall of China is called the Great Wall. The Chinese Wall. Please fix that.

  42. oh, please, stop being so horrible everyone! there are thousands of beautiful things in this world that arent on the list. the photos are amazing, as is every landmark on this page. this page is beautiful and its people like you who create the hate and ugly things in this world. accept the beauty this amazing individual is sharing with you

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  45. You are so right… Google earth shows the Horseshoe falls does fall on the American border. Huh… there is conflicting written research on the subject.. I stand corrected. However what’s really funny is that you can see Tim Hortons on the Canadian side, from outer space…

  46. Nate says:
    The Statue of Liberty is actually on the the New Jersey Shore….

    Actually Nate, it’s on Liberty Island which is in New York.
    And did none of you notice that there’s a page with another 50 which includes CN Tower, and most of the other things you’re bitching aren’t on this list.

  47. wtf. Some random building that was built in Dubai makes the list but shit like the Golden Gate bridge or the Sydney Opera House don’t? What about the Liberty Bell in Philly? That bell symbolises the US more than anything else in the country.

  48. The Statue of Liberty is in New York. The land around it is concidered state of New Jersey. statue of liberty is also in Vegas!!! why was that not on this list?

  49. Did any one visit one of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world and saw it’s citadel?
    It is the citadel of Aleppo, in SYRIA; folks you should consider this visit in your life time.

  50. hey…. that inukshuk in canada is in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.. polar bear capital… if anyone wants to know…lol

  51. Fabulous Photos. I wish some of Forts in India specially of Rajasthan are included in the list so also Fatehpur Sikri, and the Temples in India. Dargah at Ajmer Sharrief needs consideration also.

  52. COMEEE ON IT CLEARLY SAYS “PART1”, WAIT FOR PART TWO AND THEN COMPLAIN IF YOU STILL THINK THERES “SOMETHING MISSING”

  53. Aushwitz, the landmark of poland? Seriously??
    I know it might be difficult to choose, but that was just mean…

  54. Yeah that is the Dome of the Rock, not Al Aqsa. Also, I think the western wall in Jerusalem should be included in this.

  55. This is only a list of 50, they’re not gonna put 7 landmarks from Venezuela or Israel or India or the states or any other single state on the globe you fucking morons.

  56. I never meant to insult anyone by not including their favourite landmark… I don’t know every landmark on the face of this earth, I tried to post landmarks from different continents, and from different religions.
    I am sorry posting the photo of Auschwitz hurt some people. My grandfather died there, I visited that place and to me it’s a very important landmark. It all depends on how you look at things…
    What I did fail to do, is double-check some of the sources. I take full responsibility for any mistakes I made.
    You can have a look at part two, maybe you’ll find your favourite landmark there.

  57. Jordan asked where the CN tower is, it is indeed in Toronto.

    Irked, maybe a little anger management, HUM???

  58. A lovely bunch of photos, however it would be a better list with a few corrections. The two most bothersome to me: The Chinese Wall (huh??), and the fact that there is no place called ‘Inukshuk’ in Canada (though I’m sure there are Inukshuks in plenty of gorgeous Canadian spaces).

  59. Did anyone else notice that Capitol Hill actually doesn’t have a fountain or those Italian-looking steps in front of it?

  60. good job stereotyping Canada. But rephrase that to the Territiories of Canada and you might be on the right track.

  61. good list. why is everyone complaining and correcting?!? my gosh, do you need attention that badly or can you not just appreciate something that doesn’t involve your opinion? it might not be each individual person’s top 50, but it’s a good list!

  62. I may not agree with the entire selection, but it is nevertheless a great one, and I appreciate the effort which has led to this wonderful collection of photos.

  63. Nice, but Big Ben isn’t in that photo. Big Ben is the bell that’s inside the clock tower, not the tower itself.

  64. Makes me realize how far I’ve come in the world. I’m 15 years old, and have already seen 11 of the pics live. My goal is ofcourse all of them…

  65. The Burj in Dubai is a silly little hotel and should not spoil this list. Take it down cos it is hurting the other pics feelings

  66. Did anyone else noticed what looks like the anarchy symbol carved into the center of the Mount Eden crater in New Zealand? Haha.

  67. These are all very good except one.. Mt Eden? Really? I’m from Auckland myself and can happily say that the mt eden crater isn’t in the same league as the sphinx or Versailles.

  68. Yay! Two landmarks from beautiful South Africa!

    To all the haters:
    The lovely lady who compiled the list is from Belgium. Maybe “The Chinese Wall” is a direct translation form how they say it in Flemish. (It is if translated from Afrikaans so I’m guessing)
    Not everyone calls it “The Great Wall of China”, you know, Geez.

    So to Jessica who said:
    “The Chinese Wall? Really? Mistakes on lesser known landmarks I can understand but just about any 5 year old out there knows that the Great Wall of China is called the Great Wall. The Chinese Wall. Please fix that.”

    Every AMERICAN 5 year old maybe… so really, there is nothing to fix except your narrow-mindedness.

  69. If you all have a problem with such trivial errors, go make your own lists! You can include exact latitude and longitudinal coordinates if you are really that picky. And you can include all of the “right” landmarks, because obviously these incredible ones are simply not suitable. For God’s sake, leave the woman alone. Enjoy her beautiful photography or pick a different website.

  70. These are some cool picks, and several are slightly to moderately incorrect, however i really dont think this should have been such a big issue for people.

  71. this is bullshits ! Where is the angel falls in venezuela? with a height of 979 m (3,212 ft) much bigger than niagara falls :S

  72. Hi hilleke. Great pictures, great list! About Inukshuk in Canada:

    “Inukshuk” is not a single landmark. There is no place in Canada called “Inukshuk”. There are many inuksuit (plural for inuksuk) in many different places in Canada. They are “landmarks”, but there is no single landmark called “Inukshuk”, and not one of them would qualify to be on this list on it’s own.

    See the wikipedia entry for it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inuksuk .

    Great pictures, great list! Thanks 😀

  73. God that is so embarrassing that you chose the Mt Eden crater for New Zealand. If you’re going to put something from NZ, it has so many more interesting and important landmarks than that. Though none on par with the Sphinx, Stonehenge etc. (And this is coming from someone FROM New Zealand).

  74. Newgrange in Co. Meath in Ireland is 1500 years older than Stonehenge and 500 years older than the pyramids in Egypt and far more interesting and significant than both, the way it was built, the incredible intelligence and talent taken to build it, there are hundreds of stone circles just as amazing as stone henge all around Ireland, but the passage tomb at Newgrange is something else altogether, it was meticulously made around 3000 BC and the Stone Age people had to study the moon and stars, The 500 pound rocks were transported from about a 100 miles away with nothing more than hands, the roof is made by corbelling and 5000 years later not a drop of water has got inside, it is amazing, they were incredible architects, builders, geologists, astronomers etc. Newgrange is a truly remarkable site which deserves to be the top of this list.

  75. no need to argue, of course the list is very very long, the beauties in this world cannot be listed like this… nor the ugliness unfortunately… i could not help but skipped auschwitz, of course each and every person should remember the ugliness in the past for the sake of the future, but i just wanted to look at the beauty, made by nature or humankind, for a couple of minutes..

    but anyway, really nice photos above…

  76. Wow!!!! great list, wonderful photography, and a very inspiring motivator to see all these and more 🙂 i very much enjoyed scrolling through them.

    personally, may i suggest some sights from Croatia? it seems to be the worlds best kept travel secret. if you havent been there, look into it. AMAZING photography opportunities. Thanks again!

  77. Great pics Hilleke! This list did for me what I suspect you intended: Remind us of the beauty of the world and inspire us to see more of it. To her critics: You did a great job nit picking the hell out of her efforts…without adding an iota of value. Any idiot can criticize. There…now I’ve joined the crippled masses who specialize in criticizing the efforts of others. I’m off to seek redemption.

  78. Hi, Just want to clarify the Inukshuk for everyone….I live across the street from that Inukshuk, in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. This is the Polar Bear Capitol of the World, as well as a very unique community on the edge of the Arctic. Check it out. This Inukshuk landmark should be on everyones bucket list. Just could have been labelled a little better…

  79. Jeez, people….stop complaining about the places that didn’t make the list and just enjoy the pictures of the beautiful places that did. There are just too many phenomenally beautiful places in this world to include them all in one simple article. This is a great basis for someone to begin their travels.
    And for the person who complained about Mount Rushmore being on the list, it should be. Its construction was just amazing, and it represents the first 150 years of American history. This is a list of landmarks. Mount Rushmore was built to attract tourists to South Dakota, and since it brings in over two million visitors every year, I would definitely call it a landmark.

  80. All these landmarks are truly amazing…now i know things were misspelled and note-worthy places weren’t listed, but hey, all the places listed were amazing were they not? So we all should agree that the writer of this peace put together something great to share and it irritates me that she went through all the work of making a sequel just to satisfy all the dumb asses that could not appreciate quality work! On behalf of most of us i would like to apologize to the writer, you did an amazing job and they just couldn’t look past their closed minded ways to see it. All the photos were great! 🙂

  81. Amazing photo’s thanks for sharing. The mood was slightly ruined when ads for Bachmann 2012 were popping out at me all over the website. Regardless, these photo’s are breath taking. Thank you.

  82. Cool site. Thankyou for inspiring me to see a bit more of the world. Don’t worry about the negative comments. I bet you the same people are posting negative comments on every thing they look at.

  83. Yes, take everyone’s advice and name your next project ” The 70,000 coolest places on Earth” Also, send a copy to everyone that made corrections to make sure that you didn’t screw it up!
    I think your pics were great and If you missed a few places…So what? I’m not offended

  84. Omg everyone take a friggin chill pill, SHE COULD ONLY INCLUDE 50. It’s an OPINION. one woman’s opinion. It’s not insulting to your precious Ireland or Turkey or wherever the hell else you’re bitching about. So sTFU and look at the pretty pictures. KTHX.

  85. Come on people, give this lady a break! These pictures were of SOME of the most important landmarks and they were beautiful!

  86. Some beautiful pictures, thanks for taking the time to take and compile them.
    Can’t believe the negative comments, just enjoy or make your own list!
    😉

  87. Great pictures but I definitely thought that a few more Roman and Greek landmarks should’ve also made the cut. The Colosseum, the Pantheon & the Parthenon just to name a few.

  88. Thanks for a great trip ‘down memory lane’ for places I have been and for tweeking my desire to see some of the places I have yet to visit. This is indeed a greaty world made better by people like you who bring it to us in photos.

  89. So, I’ve seen 22 of the 50 and am scheduled to see Petra in late July. Does that mean I haven’t wasted my life?

    I would love to see all the rest (except Mecca, where I am forbidden to go).

    Meir
    San Jose

  90. Mt Eden in New Zealand? Really? LOL. Honestly, that pitiful mountain is nowhere near as amazing as the other landmarks. And I’m from New Zealand, so I can vouch for that.

  91. Thanks, for this Picture.
    It really really amazing moment when saw this pictures, and again thanks this picture.

  92. It is the most awesome site I have come across in a long time and I love the resolution and size of the pics…it makes these places all the more classic and legendary….

  93. The Statue of Liberty is pushing it already, but Capitol Hill a landmark? Nobody outside of America gives a crap.

  94. I’ve been lucky to make it to a handful of these sites, but hope to see many more in the future. Of course no one list is ever going to capture all of it, but I think you did a great job of putting together a beautiful list!

  95. dunno says:
    The Statue of Liberty is pushing it already, but Capitol Hill a landmark? Nobody outside of America gives a crap.

    Wow, you obviously are a very ignorant person. Good luck in life.

  96. Stupid critics shut the fuck up. The pictures you took are awesome, it really blew me away how well u captured the beauty in every single photo. Who cares if every little thing is not technically correct, you wanna add a landmark, make your own site! Fantastic job, really enjoyed your work.

  97. Damn people, stop complaining! It clearly says, “50 of the Most Important”. Just 50. All of the other ones are included. The pictures are beautiful. Stop sucking down on that Haterade and enjoy what you have. Look at google for your other landmarks….smh.
    Signed,

    An 18 yr old Californian who told you off, uh thank you =]

  98. Wow, stfu you complainers. no one cares if YOUR favorite landmark didnt make HER list. She’s mostly right though, right? RIGHT? stfu people, no one even really cares about your “missing” landmarks either. As far as muslim mosques and mecca, I couldnt help but think how awesome it would be to drop a nuclear bomb in that mecca thing.

  99. Thanks for this lovely list, and really stunning photos! Think you might want to change the ‘Chinese Wall in China’ to the Great Wall – a ‘Chinese Wall’ is a term used in finance, to separate people who must not share information due to risk of insider trading!

    But other than that, great list, very beautiful.

  100. I lived for Auckland for 2 years, went to Mt. Eden, along with all of the other dormant volcanoes in the area (Mt. Roskill, One Tree Hill, Mt. Albert, etc.) many times, and found Mt. Eden to be the most boring one of them all. Not that impressive. Kinda disappointing this made the list, but oh well.

  101. little mermaid? that statue is the biggest cocktease of all time – its not only not a landmark – its less interesting than fifty monuments in your local cemetery – please when you go to copenhagen do anything but find this dumb little tourist titbit

  102. thanks for the interesting pictures and selection! I am just laughing so hard at how childish we humans are: everyone thinks their country and their landmark is the best… it’s just so funny!

  103. Thank you for putting these beautiful photos together for us to enjoy. When I was a child I thought I would see the world. Well, that didn’t happen so I very much enjoy your collection to see what I missed.

  104. Great list. Man there are some real cynical asses out there. Also cool to see so many opinions from around the world, even if it’s a lot of complaining, The pictures are beautiful.

  105. thanks for sharing these photos… im amazed at how many people can’t just STFU and enjoy them! I’m sure there are plenty others that aren’t on this list. Get the F*uck over yourselves people!!!

  106. Very interesting! I absolutely enjoyed your post here. Brings back memories and makes me want to visit those I haven’t visited yet. Thanks for sharing!

  107. I agree with you Mgarrom. There are doers and there are bitchers, if you don’t like all the work this woman put into her site, and all personal work is selective and relative to that person’s impressions… then you go and take pictures and build your own site. I welcome the opportunity to view these and go ‘oh, yeah. I forgot about this place’ or ‘oh yeah! love to explore that place!’ Thanks, love the concept of how important ‘landmarks’ were to our early history and still is to explorers.

  108. Hoi Hilleke,
    Prachtige foto’s! Ongelooflijk wat sommige mensen durven te posten, seg. Hopelijk trek je je dit niet te hard aan. Het zijn prachtfoto’s. Merci!

    To everyone. Please, take it easy. Hilleke is just sharing some nice pictures with the rest of us. That is a nice thing to do, not?
    By the way. “Manneke Pis” in Brussels is not realy worth a visit, but is a well know statue in Belgium. So… just let it go en enjoy! Please?!

  109. Well the little mermaid is a danish landmark, but imo not the biggest/best. Never the less did you know that it has been beheaded several times.! :o)

  110. The Heritage Village Club, Goa is the fantastic place to make your vacations special with your complete family. The living experience is completely different from all other available resorts and hotels in Goa.

  111. A lot of times pictures of these types of places can look like text books because of how often they are posted every where. But these pictures gave them a fresh look and made me re-eagerfied to travel, thanks.

  112. In the photo of Niagara Falls. The left third of the falls is in the United States. The best viewing location is in Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada, from where the photo was taken.

  113. Fantastic and exceptionally arranged collection, 🙂
    I think who said about the village called Agia Sophia in Lemnos, Greece and the mosque Hagia Sofia from Istanbul, is not going to create any confusion, everybody think of the mosque when they hear the name.

  114. Wow people are pathetic. There is a such thing as being overly cultured, its called being haughty. Take your haughty asses to a best buy, get a DSLR, jump on some planes, and take your own damn pictures. If you have the time to sit in a dark room all day staring at a computer screen and pissing on somebody’s art then I feel sorry for you. This is an amazing collection of photos and she could have left out the names so you self proclaimed critics couldn’t have just googled them all just to tell someone they made mistakes. Get away from the computer screens and get a life. I have been to at least 5 of these locations and many others not featured. How many of you “experts” have been to ONE? Shutup or putup.

    Thanks for the pics though they are absolutely beautiful. I especially liked your pic of the Trevi Fountain.

  115. Great collection! I stumbled upon this site and enjoyed a bit of an education about interesting places to see in the world 🙂

  116. Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has been a museum since 1935. It was converted into a mosque by
    the Ottoman Empire when they conquered the city in 1453. Before that , the Hagia Sophia had been a church in the Byzantine Empire, first built in 360 AD and destroyed and built again many times over the centuries.

  117. That’s a fantastic list and the photos are incredible. Stonehenge is incredible but personally I’ve always been rather partial to Avebury. Also the Burg al Arab hotel – although a pretty impressive building – kind of pales into the background compared to some of the other images.

  118. Hello. I liked a lot this post. I have visited the Eiffel Tower, Kinderdjik, the Big Ben, the Statue of Liberty and the Manekin Piss. I’m Mexican, I have never been to Chichen Itza but I think that the great pyramids of Mexico are in fact the pyramids of the Sun and the Moon in Theotihuacan, it’s such an amazing place! and the Sun pyramid is enormous. Another important landmark is el Tajin. It would have been cool that you added Kolnerdom in the list as it is one of the most incredible cathedrals I have ever seen. Congratulations for your photos and trips!

  119. Great collection ! Proud to have Mt Everest on the list. But we still have many other places of scenic beauty and cultural heritages here in Nepal. They too would fit into these lists.

  120. You look at these pictures and the aw inspiring structures in some of them and it makes me proud of our species’ accomplishments and curious about our potential…. And then I started reading the comments.

  121. Uluru is in Australia. And there are so many more fascinating landmarks in New Zealand, not that that crater isn’t interesting, but…
    I know it is not possible to fit all the amazing landmarks in only 50 slots so I don’t blame anyone, I mean not many people even know about New Zealand, although the Rugby World Cup 2011 may change that a little.
    Go IRELAND!!! You guys deserve to win.
    Bit off track there… =:)

  122. Why don’t all of you idiots stop complaining and make your own list that you can post and the rest of the world can bitch about?

    It’s just a list. It’s not called “Every Fucking Landmark in Every Country of the World” so shut up and enjoy the photos, even if some of them are misnamed.

  123. All these landmarks are so awesome. All over the world there are such amazing structures that represent all sorts of cultures! I’d love to see more of these in person some day!

  124. The source of the Amazon is a land mark? Really? And no Golden Gate Bridge? The Burj is in, but the Golden Gate is not? And where’s the Sydney Opera House?

  125. Wow!!! i think its so stunning and beautifully taken.. It makes me wanna take a year out and just visit these 50 places for the serenity of it all… Good Stumble:)

  126. Smart move to call it “50 of the Most Important Landmarks…” and deliberately stir up a hornet’s nest of comments. You got a huge number of ideas to continue with from people who seem to look for an excuse to be offended. That pleases them – and the rest of us are certainly pleased with these beautiful photos. I’m just glad that there’s a lot more than 50 incredible sights to see in this world.

  127. You have allowed me to finally travel the way I’ve always wanted to – but in my case, “money” is an object that can only be cured by the winning the lottery! I have a lot of life left in me but I’m running out of years and health. You’ve made it possible for me to “visit” so many places and I intend to print and frame some of them so I may look at them whenever I please. Your talent, as well as your willingness to share tells us that you have a heart as great as your gift for true photography. I was really surprised at the”nasties” that had the stupidity to share their true self using ugly words to “try” to prove how more superior they were to you . . . . with their type of comments, I’m surprised they even bothered to look at the magnificent photos. A coloring book would be more to their style – that is, until they finally grow up! Now I must go to the next “50” and enjoy more of GOD’s world. Thank you. . thank you . . thank you.

  128. very nice list but instead of Al Aqsa you could have written Old Jerusalem which includes the Sacred Sepulcre and the Wailing wall which are also really famous. but overall its a great list and to the people asking why this place isn’t there or that place isn’t there it is probably because you cant just name EVERY famous site on the world

  129. you ungrateful people dont deserve to look at these fabulous photos. quit being so hateful and for you idiots that are complaining that things are left out.. this is part 1.

  130. What a bunch of ungrateful complainers; if you’re all so dissatisfied with these incredible images that most of us will never see with our naked eyes, why not shut your trap, buy a camera and astound all of us with your lack of photographic talent. Well done Hilleke, we are blown away by your talent and experience of taking these photos, even we won’t all admit it.

  131. To be honest, they all look amazing (in the photos), but as a an english girl… i have visited stone henge more times than i care to remember, and it is without a doubt the most unsatisfying trip ever in the whole entire world. I recommend no-one to visit it… my work is done here. – apart from that… the other landmarks look bangin’.

  132. Now if that is not a top 50 list to strive for then I don’t know what is. Thanks for compiling this list with pictures. I am kind of kicking myself now for not seeing Angkor Wat or Uluru while in Australia and Cambodia.

  133. Great list! I’ve been to 5 of the places and would like to hit many more of them. The most underwhelming was Mount Rushmore. The most incredible is the Grand Canyon. I never really understood the big deal about the Grand Canyon until I went there. Words can’t really describe the sensation of lost time I got when I walked to the edge and looked out. Definitely there is something to be said for man made wonders, but certainly the natural wonders are more impressive.

  134. Love all the landmarks, Statue of Liberty holds a special place in my heart…..I am a person who loves the outdoors. i am a big fan of saltwater and freshwater fishing. I presently live in Houston Texas, in the past i have resided in Israel, Egypt, England….love to travel….

  135. This is not AL AQSA in Jerusalem, the one in this picture is “Dome of the Rock”. Whoever posted it here cetainly doesn’t know or is portraying the wrong picture on purpose!

  136. I am fortunate enough to have seen quite a few of them already. Though I would say the pictures have been dramatized and worked upon quite a bit in Photoshop. The complied list is great.

  137. Great photos! I love the St Basil’s Cathedral & Machu Picchu photos, and the shot of Angkor Wat is particularly beautiful. I can’t add the links, but you can find the pictures of our favorites on our website. I would add:
    -Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
    -The limestone cliffs around Guilin, China
    -Even if it’s not standing anymore, the Berlin Wall
    -Finally, Leptis Magna in Libya. I hope it will be more open to travelers soon.

    Too many to choose from though—this list could go on forever.

  138. Greatphotos…I know there are a lot of places not included,, but never the less just to be able to get to them is quite a feat.. One that I wish to try to do someday, so all you naysayers shut up and enjoy the photos. If you’ve got some of whatyou think are best land marks…post them….

  139. you cannot put everything on one list, but for sure angel falls should be there…it’s the tallest waterfall in the world, and the tepuis there are like no other, containing plants and animals on the tops filled with water, that are found no where else in the world.

  140. Hi. All the photos of these places is amazing. But Why didn’t you include the obelisks of Aksum or the rock-hewn Churches of King Lalibela in Ethiopia? Or have you never seen them?

  141. my honest opinion: your view of the world is to self-centered in the western culture. Some are not even worth being on the list

  142. There is actually a few more that I would consider putting in the list. Might have to split it continent wise to fit them all in!

    Beautiful photography 🙂

  143. I am previlaged to have seen over half of these …..but two important ones missin ABU SIMBEL IN UPPER EGYPT AND PETERSHOFF IN ST. PETERSBURG RUSSIA.

  144. Hey Cory Andrews, Cristo Redentor is a much smaller statue on the border of Chile and Argentina. Check your facts and stop hating on such a cool thing.

  145. i hate how they put… inukshuk, canada. uhmm.. town province /territory? hmm…. they name everyother place but canada doesnt get any other titles?

  146. if you’re going to show the western-most point in Africa, surely you should show the eastern-most point in North America? Cape Spear, in St. John’s, NL, Canada – it’s beautiful

  147. Nate says:
    The Statue of Liberty is actually on the the New Jersey Shore….

    nate, you are a moron. name me one person on this entire planet that has actually said “hey, let’s go to New Jersey to see the statue of liberty!” nobody cares where a landmark “technically” is located and for that matter, no one will ever care about new jersey either.

  148. Thank you so much for adding mount eden in New Zealand.
    I have been there so many times and it never ceases to amaze me.

  149. nice photos

    but… my god, some of you idiots will pick an arguement over ANYTHING!!

    give it a rest, you sad people

  150. Hilleke,

    Thank you for taking the time to put a beautiful collection together! I wish I could see them all for myself (several are in my own country). Please continue your collections, despite what these yahoos say. So what a title or city or building name is a little off! Who cares? It’s YOUR list!

    God Bless!!!

  151. you totally missed several important and prominent landmarks, Golden Gate bridge- in San Fransisco, The Dom- Koln, Germany, Norte dam Cathedral, Pentegon, Washington Monumnet, so many others…..

  152. love how there’s an anarchy symbol made of stones in Mt Edens crater… wouldn’t call it one of New Zealands most important land mark though..

  153. These are gorgeous pictures! And for all you complainers, there are certainly far more than 50 landmarks that are ‘must-sees’ around the world. Can you imagine trying to compose a ‘perfect’ list? Great list!

  154. i absolutely luved evry1 of dem..thank u for d hard work
    its obvious dat many can be added bt its ur opinion dat matters as u r d one makin d list so iv got 2 say, SPECTACULAR
    For ol idiotic morons, jst pleeeez wid d smart ass pissin off criticism………u’v got opinions 2 share, do it sweetly istead of d mean way most of ul r doin it… i mean cmon…its her list so she decides wot she wants 2 add n wot not….uv got a problem, deal wid it widout drawin attension 2 ur self unless y’all r sum attention seekers….den i guess iv got nothing 2 say. doz hu r complainin abt misin places, check out part 2

  155. just saying you got all the landmark names mostly correct except one the chinese wall of china…it’s the great wall of china even kids in middle school know this -__-

  156. Hello! Beautiful pictures of beautiful places. I am surprised only, why is a picture of Auschwitz. In Poland we have many beautiful places. Auschwitz is a very sad place, built by the Nazi Germans. It is a pity that Poland is associated with death camps.
    Best regards. I believe that one day on this beautiful photo list, will visit the Polish image with a positive message.

  157. i’m surprised and pleased you’ve included the bran castle,i’ve never considered it our landmark..especially due to the awful condition it’s in.i know you might never answer but i’m really curious to know where you come from, just for the statistics;))

  158. Cool! Love the shots, and what a surprise to see familiar sights of home (Canada) in the 50 prominent landmarks – the inukshuk is in Churchill, Manitoba, and Niagara Falls in Niagara, Ontario. <3

  159. Wow! I absolutley LOVE the Neuschwanstein, Bavaria one (near the beginning) It’s so amazing, it looks like a fairytale and its such a great photo! I also like how there is good varied selection here. Inspiring!

  160. I’m impressed. By God’s Grace I’d like to see all those places with my own eyes. Lucky hilleke, thanks for the pics.

  161. it is a fentastic and vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv good performence

  162. Why the f do so many people complain about what isn’t on the list or what shouldn’t be on the list? Why don’t you all try putting together your own top 50 and let’s see what you have to leave out or decide to put in that most people disagree with? These pictures are beautiful, awesome job to the author.

  163. YOU GUYS DONT UNDERSTAND FAMOUS! Dubai Buildings are better than your stupid opera houses and some ‘Golden’ gate and so on. But just to tell ‘YOU’, u might not know Dubai. But its better than any other country combined!

    Go to Dubai figure it out for urself, then talk to ,ME!!!!

  164. And by the way ‘Anonymous’ im not wasting my time creating a boring list of whatsoever. and if i was gonna it will only be Dubai building coz these are lame, talk about opera’s and a ‘golden’ gate whats so good about that.

    And this is to all of you guys watch Mission Impossible 3

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