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World’s top 30 most photographed landmarks revealed



It’s no surprise that the Eiffel Tower top of the list of Sony Mobile’s World’s Most Photographed Lamdmarks. But it may surprise you to learn that the Burj Khalifa is photographed more than Times Square, and the Burj Al Arab is snapped more frequently than Buckingham Palace.

The Eiffel Tower has 4,654,699 Instagram images, followed by Big Ben with 2,435,223 and then The Louvre with 1,740,908. In fourth place the Empire State Building has 1,570,167 images, and the Burj Khalifa rounds off the top five with 1,446,682.

The Burj Al Arab is number 18 on the list with 534,562 images, which places it above Mount Fuji (533,696) and Buckingham Palace (498,280).

Interestingly, the study found that more than half of the top 30 landmarks were shot from the same three angles, and that 47 percent of people said that they were bored of seeing the same shots on Instagram. In fact, 52 percent of people said that they would be more likely to ‘like’ a picture if it was interesting or something that they had not seen before.

Data shows that 43 percent of photographs of Burj Khalifa were taken from the same three angles, while 56 percent of the photographs taken of Burj Al Arab are from the same three spots.

Mikael Buck, who Sony Mobile partnered with to visit some of the leading landmarks with the Xperia XZ, said of photographing the Burj Khalifa: “If you want a compelling and unique picture you are going to need to treat it more like a landscape photo of a mountain. That means getting further away and exploring different angles. Try heading to the Business Bay area from where you can look back to the Burj Khalifa and your view is not obstructed by any other buildings.”

The award-winning photographer also added: “Embrace the harsh midday sunlight, look for the shadow and don’t lose sight of the building’s story and unique design. Of course you want a shot that’s different and unique but the trick is to achieve that whilst making the image recognisably the Burj Khalifa.”

Here’s the full top 30:

1. Eiffel Tower

2. Big Ben

3. The Louvre

4. Empire State Building

5. Burj Khalifa

6. Notre Dame Cathedral

7. St Peter’s Basilica

8. Times Square

9. Sagrada Familia

10. Colosseum

11. Statue of Liberty

12. Machu Picchu

13. Alhambra

14. Borobudur, Indonesia

15. Red Square, Russia

16. Christ the Redeemer

17. Taj Mahal

18. Burj Al Arab

19. Mount Fuji

20. Buckingham Palace

21. Tokyo Tower

22. Ha Long Bay

23. Arc de Triomphe

24. Berlin Wall

25. Trevi Fountain

26. Great Wall of China

27. Sydney Opera House

28. Table Mountain

29. Park Güell

30. Sacré-Cœur Basilica

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