100 Grand Landmarks as Seen from Google Maps

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It’s a wonderful world we live in and Google is doing an amazing job of mapping it. Most people use the service to get directions, but Google’s satellite images also capture the world’s landmarks, which look a little different than you may be used to when viewed from the sky.

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Have you ever wondered what the Statue of Liberty (the one in the US–yes there are two), Niagara Falla, the London Eye, the famous Hollywood sign or the Sea of Galilee look like when viewed from above? Well, before 1999 you would have needed a plane and millions of dollars to travel the world and see what it was like. Now, for free, Google Maps will transport you anywhere in the world.

As of 2012, Google Maps contained over 20 petabytes of data (that’s 21 million gigabytes) and uses images that are updated approximately every 2 weeks according to Mashable. As you may note, some images appear blurry. This is because governments (or third party satellite owners) can have the images blurred before they reach Google (just try looking up sensitive locations in Washington DC).

So, here we present 100 of the world’s coolest and most interesting landmarks as seen from Google’s satellite imagery. What are your favorites?

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Statue of Liberty – New York, New York, United States

London Eye – London, United Kingdom

Hollywood Sign – Los Angeles, California, United States

Eiffel Tower – Paris, France

Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia

Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Niagara Falls – US/Canada

Rialto Bridge – Venice, Italy

Guggenheim Bilbao Museum – Bilbao, Spain

Mt. Rushmore National Memorial- South Dakota, United States

Giza Necropolis (Pyramids) – Cairo, Africa

Westminster Abbey – London, United Kingdom

Machu Picchu – Muro de la Ciudad, Peru

Teotihuacan Pyramids, Mexico

The Twelve Apostles – Princetown, Australia

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac – Québec, Canada

Daitoku-ji – Kyoto, Japan

The Ramesseum – Luxor, Egypt

Robben Island – Western Cape, South Africa

Sea of Galilee – Israel

The Royal Palace of Madrid – Madrid, Spain

Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, California, United States

Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France

Colosseum – Rome, Italy

Puente de la Mujer – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Edinburgh Castle Grounds – Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Great Barrier Reef – Australia

Wave Rock – Hyden, Australia

St. Basil’s Cathedral – Moscow, Russia

Great Sphinx of Giza – Giza, Egypt

Leaning Tower of Pisa – Pisa, Italy

Mont Saint-Michel – Normandy, France

Neuschwanstein Castle – Bavaria, Germany

Château de Versailles – Versailles, France

Iguazu Falls – Misiones Province, Argentina

Pantheon – Rome, Italy

Acropolis of Athens – Athens, Greece

Vesuvio National Park and Landscape – Naples, Italy

Roman Baths – Bath, United Kingdom

Piazza San Marco – Venezia, Italy

Mutianyu Great Wall – Beijing, China

St. Paul’s Cathedral – London, United Kingdom

Ellora Caves – Aurangabad, India

Borobudur Temple – Borobudur, Indonesia

St. Peter’s Basilica – Rome, Italy

Stonehenge – Salisbury, United Kingdom

Dome of the Rock – Jerusalem, Israel

Angkor Wat – Angkor, Cambodia

Château de Chillon – Veytaux, Switzerland

Skogarfoss Waterfall – Gönguleið um Fimmvörðuháls, Iceland

Two Oceans Aquarium – Cape Town, South Africa

Forbidden City -Beijing, China

Blomidon Provincial Park – Nova Scotia, Canada

Temple of the Golden Pavillion – Kyoto, Japan

Hagia Sophia – İstanbul, Turkey

The Kaaba – Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Krak Des Chevaliers – Talkalakh, Syria

Old Faithful – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States

Crypte de la Cathédrale – Chartres, France

Petra – Ma’an, Jordan

Shwedagon Pagoda – Yangon, Myanmar

Taj Mahal – Agra, India

Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) – London, United Kingdom

El Capitan – Yosemite National Park, California

Blarney Stone – Blarney, Ireland

Royal Palace of Amsterdam – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sky Tower – Auckland, New Zealand

Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona, United States

Vinson Massif – Antarctica

Basilica of Guadalupe – Monterrey, Mexico

Castle of the Teutonic Order – Malbork, Poland

Kamyana Mohyla – Melitopol, Myrne, Ukraine

Baalbek Ruins – Baalbek, Lebanon

Potala Palace Square – Xizang, China

Madaba Map (Church of St. George) – Madaba, Jordan

Eisriesenwelt -Werfen, Austria

Matterhorn – Switzerland/Italy

Moray – Cusco, Peru

Malaspina Glacier – Alaska, United States

Troll Wall – Rauma, Norway

Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

All Saints’ Church – Wittenberg, Germany

Mehrangarh Fort – Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus – Athens, Greece

Troy, Turkey

Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Emperor Qin Shi Huang – Xi’an, China

Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius – Sergiyev Posad, Russia

Praia da Marinha – Carvoeiro, Portugal

Rapa Nui (Easter Island) – Chile

St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Dublin, Ireland

Keukenhof (Garden of Europe) -Lisse, Netherlands

Parliament Hill – Ontario, Canada

Galápagos Islands – Galápagos, Ecuador

Notre Dame de Paris – Paris, France

Cologne Cathedral – Cologne, Germany

Balmoral Castle – Ballater, United Kingdom

Casa Milà, Barcelona, Spain

Buda Castle – Budapest, Hungary

The Space Needle – Seattle, Washington, United States

Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Northern Territory, Australia

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