We’re all about travel here at Lomography this week, so in this list, we’ll reveal to you the five most photographed landmarks in the world!
5. The Colosseum (Rome, Italy)
Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, construction of the Colosseum started during emperor Vespasian’s reign in 70 AD and ended in 80 AD under the rule of Titus. A symbol of Imperial Rome, gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as dramas, animal hunts, and executions used to be held in it. Parts of the amphitheater stand in ruins today, but it remains a major tourist attraction in Rome.
4. Space Needle (Seattle, Washington)
This 605-foot tall privately-owned tower was constructed for the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle’s World’s Fair) held in 1962. The final design merged the World’s Fair chairman and businessman Edward E. Carlson’s giant balloon sketch and architect John Graham, Jr.’s flying saucer concept. The structure boasts of an observation deck from where you can view the Seattle skyline, a gift shop, and the SkyCity restaurant.
3. Lincoln Memorial (Washington, D.C.)
Located within the National Mall, this imposing marble structure was constructed between 1914 and 1922 to honor Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US President. It has the appearance of a Greek Doric temple and also features a giant seated sculpture of Lincoln, as well as inscriptions of his famous speeches, The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address. The Lincoln Memorial was designed by architect Henry Bacon.
2. Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
Like the Space Needle, the Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1887 as the entrance arch to the Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair 1889) held in October 1889. It is made out of iron and is 1,063 feet tall. The design was originally by engineers Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier, with architect Stephen Sauvastre also contributing to it. All three men for the Compagnie des Établissements Eiffel, a company that was run by engineer Gustave Eiffel. Today it houses the restaurants Le 58 tour Eiffel and the Le Jules Verne.
1. Empire State Building (New York City, New York)
This 1,250-foot tall skyscraper was, from its completion in 1931 until 1970, the world’s tallest building (today it’s the 23rd tallest). It was designed in Art Deco style by architect William F. Lamb, and its construction was actually “part of an intense competition in New York for the title of ‘world’s tallest building’,” which was also participated by the 40 Wall Street and the Chrysler Building. Today, the Empire State Building houses several offices. One renowned feature of the building are the floodlights that illuminate the top of the building come nightfall, with the colors changing to commemorate certain events and occasions.
This list was based on a story by the NBC News, which sourced their numbers from a study by researchers at Cornell University; however, all information in this article were sourced from the Wikipedia pages of The Colosseum, the Space Needle, the Lincoln Memorial, the Eiffel Tower, and the Empire State Building.
You might also want to visit the official websites dedicated to these structures here: the Sopritendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma (English site), the Space Needle, The Lincoln Memorial on the National Park Service website, the Eiffel Tower, and the Empire State Building.
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