Picture Perfect: The World’s Most Iconic Landmarks
It’s almost impossible to come up with a list of the world’s most iconic landmarks without listing into the hundreds, but at alpharooms we love a challenge. Across the world there are iconic structures which tell the story not only of themselves but of the city and the people they represent, with many people booking holidays with us for those reasons alone.
From the Eiffel Tower to the Pyramids of Giza, to even the likes of the Globe Theatre or Abbey Road Studios which have had a huge impact on British culture, we flock to see them to create an unforgettable memory.
After plenty of agonizing, we’ve shortlisted our five favourite landmarks which you simply have to visit.
The Statue of Liberty is perhaps the most recognisable landmark on earth. Located on Liberty Island in the heart of New York Harbor, the statue was a gift to the USA from France, built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28 1886.
The statue can be visited by boats leaving Battery Park and Liberty State Park, and information across the island tells of its fascinating story. The statue is a representation of Libertas, the Roman goddess of liberty and embodies the idea of freedom and the American dream.
Construction for the statue summed up its meaning to US people with the people raising $102,000 from all walks of life. Joseph Pulitzer printed the names of every contributor in New York World, and the effects of their generosity is still being felt to the millions of New Yorkers and tourists who gaze up in awe at it every day.
The Grand Bazaar is the world’s most visited tourist attraction with 91 million people visiting it each year, providing essential income for the city of Istanbul. However, whilst it may be entertaining tourists mostly today, it’s been providing a valuable service to the city for over 500 years.
The market has a staggering 61 covered streets and is a must visit on any holiday to Turkey, particularly for those looking for a few trinkets to remind you of this fabulous country.
Construction began in 1455 and took until 1730 to be completed into the sprawling complex it is today, full of stalls selling textiles, leather, jewellery, and shoes, amongst many other things.
There are many famous cathedrals throughout the world. There’s St Paul’s of course, Westminster Abbey, Notre Dame, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. But none quite match up to St Basil’s in Moscow’s infamous Red Square.
Now a museum, the building was designed to look like nothing else with its bold colours and shape which is reminiscent of a bonfire rising into the sky. Consecrated in 1561, the magnificent colours of the building didn’t get added until the 1680s through to 1848 creating the iconic image we see today.
The museum allows tourists to wander its halls viewing the galleries that are just as impressive as the exterior décor before walking out onto Red Square and view all the other incredible buildings in the Russian capital.
The city of Rio de Janeiro is a city fuelled on a carnival atmosphere. The Copacabana is awash with people enjoying the sun whilst the bars – and indeed streets – regularly have people dancing the evenings away. Overlooking this is Jesus Christ, stood at the top of the Corcovado Mountain.
Built in 1931 by French sculptor Paul Landowski, the art deco statue is around 30 metres tall and is a symbol for the Brazilian’s faith in God.
Not only is the statue itself incredibly impressive but the views from the top of the 2,300ft mountain are simply unbeatable, looking right out to Sugarloaf Mountain and the South Atlantic.
Another cathedral to make the list, Sagrada Famila is incredibly unique for a variety of reasons, the main being it may never be completed despite sitting on the Carrer de Sardenya since 1882.
Designed by iconic Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is perhaps Gaudi’s finest piece of work in the city. Upon his death in 1926, work on the basilica was less than a quarter complete and over the years it has continued to be worked on in aim for completion.
However, that just adds to its story, and one that can’t be missed on a trip to Barcelona. Visitors can now visit the nave, crypt, and the Passion and Nativity towers as well as a museum which tells the tale of this incredible building.