The most important rule during a trip: if you didn’t take photos at one tourist site, it means you never came here. Travel pictures are a great way to memorize your trip and your youth.
But where are the most captured scenery spots? Sightsmap recently used data from a Google-powered photo-sharing app to calculate the most captured spots, right down to the specific landmark. Here are the top 10.
10. Budapest, Hungary – St. Stephen’s Basilica
Like every other European capital, Hungary’s capital is home to more religious edifices than you can shake a censer at. St. Stephen’s Basilica, named after the first king of Hungary, is the most important church building in Hungary, one of the most significant tourist attractions and the third highest building in Hungary.
9. Buenos Aires, Argentina – Caminito
Caminito (“little walkway” or “little path” in Spanish) is a street museum and a traditional alley, located in La Boca, a neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The place acquired cultural significance because it inspired the music for the famous tango “Caminito” (1926), composed by Juan de Dios Filiberto. Located in Buenos Aires’s beautiful (but touristy) La Boca district, the cobblestone Caminito (Spanish for “little path”) is lined with brightly painted buildings in front of which artists sell prints and paintings from kiosks.
8. Florence, Italy – Piazzale Michelangelo
Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square) is a famous square with a magnificent panoramic view of Florence, Italy, and is a popular tourist destination in the Oltrarno district of the city. The famous view from this observation point overlooking the city has been reproduced on countless postcards and snapshots over the years. It’s also a travel destination for most tourists.
It was built in 1869 and designed by architect Giuseppe Poggi on a hill just south of the historic center, during the redevelopment of the left bank of the Arno (the South side of the river).
The square, dedicated to the great Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo, has copies of some of his works found elsewhere in Florence: the David and the four allegories of the Medici Chapel of San Lorenzo. These copies are made of bronze, while the originals are all in white marble.
7. Monte Carlo, Monaco – Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo
For high rollers only, Monte Carlo is an impossibly rich ward of the impossibly small principality of Monaco. The Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo is just one of many luxury hotels in Monaco, but its fame can be attributed, in part, to its appearance in the James Bond film GoldenEye. As well as the animation film Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.
6. Venice, Italy – Ponte dell’Accademia
Sure, Venice smells and the gondola traffic is frustrating – but check out those bridges, man! The Ponte dell’Accademia is one of four bridges that crosses Venice’s Grand Canal. It crosses near the southern end of the canal, and is named for the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, which from 1807 to 2004 was housed in the Scuola della Carità together with the Gallerie dell’Accademia, which is still there. The bridge links the sestiere of Dorsoduro and San Marco. This is also a super important thing that tourists love to capture on film. LCouples attach padlocks to the bridge to symbolize their undying affection for throwing money away on locks they don’t need.
5. Istanbul, Turkey – Maiden’s Tower
At the southern entrance of the Bosphorous strait in Istanbul, you can actually see the place where the European and Asian continents meet. If it weren’t for the Maiden’s Tower, a quaint little structure built on a small island in the strait, there would be nothing at all to note the area’s significance. It is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 m from the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul, Turkey. And there are many legends about the construction of the tower and its location. According to the most popular Turkish legend, an emperor had a much beloved daughter and one day, an oracle prophesied that she would be killed by a venomous snake on her 18th birthday. The emperor, in an effort to thwart his daughter’s early demise by placing her away from land so as to keep her away from any snakes, had the tower built in the middle of the Bosphorus to protect his daughter until her 18th birthday. The princess was placed in the tower, where she was frequently visited only by her father.
4. Paris, France – Moulin Rouge
The Moulin Rouge, reminds us that sex always sells, even if there’s absolutely zero chance that Nicole Kidman will show up wearing a black lace garter. The house was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia. Close to Montmartre in the Paris district of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy in the 18th arrondissement, it is marked by the red windmill on its roof.
Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world.
3. Barcelona, Spain – Park Güell
Park Güell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914. It has an extension of 17.18 ha (0.1718 km²), which makes it one of the largest architectural works in south Europe. It origins as a housing development and has since been converted into a municipal garden. It can be reached by underground railway (although the stations are at a distance from the Park and at a much lower level below the hill), by city buses, or by commercial tourist buses.
2. Rome, Italy – Trinità dei Monti
The Italian capital is the world’s second most photographed location, according to Google. And one of the most eye-catching scenery spots– The church of the Santissima Trinità dei Monti, often called merely the Trinità dei Monti (French: La Trinité-des-Monts) is a late Renaissance titular church in Rome, central Italy. It is best known for its commanding position above the Spanish Steps which lead down to the Piazza di Spagna.
1. New York City, New York – Guggenheim Museum
Surprisingly, the most camera-friendly landmark in tourist-unfriendly New York is not the Statue of Liberty or some “abandoned” warehouse in Williamsburg, but the Guggenheim Museum. Which could mean that tourists are finally realizing Times Square is a glaring neon hellscape, and if so, good on them. It is a well-known art museum located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. It is the permanent home of a renowned and continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and contemporary art and also features special exhibitions throughout the year. The museum was established by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1939 as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the cylindrical museum building was conceived as a “temple of the spirit” and is one of the 20th century’s most important architectural landmarks. The museum’s collection has grown organically, over eight decades, and is founded upon several important private collections, beginning with Solomon R. Guggenheim’s original collection.