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___ Most Famous Landmarks and Cultural Monuments in the World: Most Famous Monuments

Everybody knows the most famous landmarks in the world, you can name it, or?
Anyhow, on the next pages you will find some, if not all, most famous landmarks and monuments around the world, as well as some, not everybody knows.
Each of these cultural icons is a symbol with various meanings, it may represent an epoch, an area, a belief, a culture, a country or a city.
Click on the image to see the monument's description and a satellite view of the site.

 

 
Monument   Continent  
Giza Pyramid and the Great Sphinx near Cairo, Egypt
 
Giza Pyramid and the Great Sphinx near Cairo, Egypt
The pyramids are a symbol of the high culture of dynastic ancient Egypt.
 
Africa  
 
   
Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
 
Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
The Taj Mahal is a monument of love, and a symbol for India.
 
Asia  
   
       
Stonehenge, Wiltshire county, UK
 
Stonehenge, Wiltshire county, UK
the world's most famous prehistoric monument. People around the world consider it as a sacred site and they associate the ceremonial place with the super natural world.
  
Europe  
   
   
Chinese Great Wall
 
Great Wall of China (长城), China
The Long Wall is really an amazing landmark and today the most celebrated symbol of China. In pre modern times the Great Wall was also recognized as a symbol of the futility and cruelty of the first emperor's political and military ambitions.
 
Asia  
 
       
Angkor Wat, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
 

Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor was the ancient capital of the Khmer empire, in western Cambodia and one of the world's greatest cultural treasures, today the national symbol of the country,
 
Asia  
 
   
Acropolis of Athens, Athens, Greece
 
Acropolis of Athens, Athens, Greece
The Acropolis of Athens can be seen as a symbol for the Ancient Greek World, the classical period of the Hellenic civilization.
 
Europe  
   
   
Colosseum, Rome, Italy
 
Colosseum, Rome, Italy
The Flavian Amphitheater is an iconic symbol for Rome the 'Eternal City' as well as for the civilization of the Imperial Roman Empire.
 
Europe  
 
   
Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet
 
Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet
The Potala Palace at the peak of Marpo Ri, the "Red Hill" is the symbol of Lhasa (sacred land), a treasure of Tibetan history, religion, culture and arts.
 
Asia  
 
   
Statue of Liberty, New York City
 
Statue of Liberty, New York City, USA
The Statue of Liberty, since 1924 a National Monument, is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.
 
The Americas  
 
 

Famous Landmarks I: Most Famous Monuments
Famous Landmarks II: City Icons
Famous Landmarks III: Places of Power and Worship
Famous Landmarks IV: Sacred Mountains


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Photo credits:
Giza Pyramid complex
Description: The Pyramid of Khafre and the Great Sphinx of Giza on the Giza Plateau, Cairo, Egypt. (Date: 5. 9. 2005)
Author: Christian Rosenbaum
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Copyright License: GNU Free Documentation License

Taj Mahal
Description: Taj Mahal, Agra, India (2004)
Author: Sandeep Dhirad
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Copyright License: GNU Free Documentation License

Stonehenge
Description: Stonehenge from the heelstone in 2007 with the 'Slaughter Stone' in the foreground.
Author: Matthew Brennan
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Copyright License: Public Domain (PD)

Great Wall of China
Description: Great wall of China at Mutianyu near Beijing. (2006)
Author: Fabien Dany
Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Angkor
Description: Angkor Wat Temple at Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Author: Valeska Gehrmann
Source: Valeska Gehrmann
Copyright: © Valeska Gehrmann

Acropolis of Athens
Description: The western side of the Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens.
Author: Glen Larson
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Copyright License: Public Domain (PD)

Colosseum
Description: A 4x4 segment panorama of the Colosseum at dusk.
Photographer: David Iliff
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Potala palace
Description: View of the Potala palace from the foothill of Chagpo Ri (Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China).
Photographer: Ondřej Žváček
Source: Wikipedia Commons (PD)

Statue of Liberty
Description: Liberty standing tall - symbolic features of Statue of Liberty, including torch, crown, robe, tablet of law.
Photographer: P. Banks
Source: U.S. National Park Service
Copyright License: Public Domain