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15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

There are so many places on my bucket list I would love to travel to. It is a dream of mine to visit beautiful beaches, historic landmarks, and see places that hold incredible history. Sometimes what is shown on postcards, in photography, or on the television is not always a reality. This rings true for famous landmarks too. It was once said that, “Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth”, and the below photographs will demonstrate that for you once you see these historic landmark perspectives.

1. Pyramids, Cairo – This is what you visualize when you think of the famous pyramids.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

This is the reality, right next to a large city.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

2. Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England – When I think of the Stonehenge, this is exactly what comes to mind.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

With an aerial view, this is what it really looks like.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

3. Taj Mahal, Agra, India – When I think of the Taj Mahal, this is exactly what comes to mind, beautiful.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

I never realized the surroundings though.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

4. Brandenburg Gate, Berlin – The history that surrounds this historic landmark is incredible.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

I guess there are lots of buildings that surround it too.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

5. Sagrada Familia, Barcelona – The photographs of this beautiful place are breathtaking.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

Maybe not so much anymore.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

6. Niagara Falls – Between movies, photographs, and TV shows, I have always wanted to visit here.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

But I never imagined the surroundings looked like this.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

7. Acropolis, Athens – This picture is exactly what I imagine.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

Definitely not this.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

8. Mount Rushmore – Who hasn’t wanted to visit this historic landmark?

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

Did you think this is what it actually looked like?

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

9. Forbidden City, Beijing – Here is what you think it looks like.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

And here is the reality.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

10. Hollywood Sign, California – On so many movies, this is the visual you believe exists.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

Not covered by pollution and surrounded by tall buildings.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

11. Santorini, Greece – Full of color, beauty, and character.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

Well I guess that side of the mountain is.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

12. Mona Lisa, Louvre Museum, Paris – Would be incredible to see this in person.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

While fighting the crowds, I guess.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

13. Central Park, New York – A beautiful, large park in New York City.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

That is right in the middle of the city.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

14. Arc de Triomphe, Paris – A gorgeous place that I would love to visit.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

But I had NO idea this is what it really looks like.

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

15. Little Mermaid Statue, Copenhagen, Denmark – So beautiful, who wouldn’t want to see this?

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

Oh, that’s it?!

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their True Surroundings

I love how one simple photograph can completely change your perspective on something you have imagined a completely different way. Has it changed your mind on which historic landmarks you would like to visit? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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