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10 Most Photographed Places on Earth

Mining data from 35 million Flickr photos, scientists at Cornell University made some surprising discoveries: Not only did the world’s most photographed cities (and the most captured landmark in each) emerge, but also so did the most common angles for shooting each place. So what do the results say about us as travelers? The findings suggest that through our cameras, we “vote” for our favorite places, things, and the best representation of them—and, by and large, we agree. We reached out to the researchers to see if the results had changed since the study was released in April 2009, and they crunched the numbers for us again—with a few exceptions (the Lincoln Memorial, for example, has replaced the Washington Monument as most photographed place in D.C.) not much had changed.
— Sarah O’Neill, Yahoo Travel

The Top 10

No. 1: New York

Landmark: Empire State Building


No. 2: London

Landmark: Trafalgar Square


No. 3: San Francisco

Landmark: Union Square


No. 4: Paris

Landmark: Eiffel Tower


No. 5: Los Angeles

Hollywood Walk of Fame


No. 6: Chicago

Landmark: Cloud Gate sculpture


No. 7: Washington, D.C.

Landmark: Lincoln Memorial


No. 8: Seattle

Landmark: Space Needle


No. 9: Rome

Landmark: Colosseum


No. 10: Amsterdam

Landmark: Dam Square


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