There are million amazing places to see in the world, but just a few are iconic. Whether it is a spectacular architectural site or breathtaking natural wonder, these 5 landmarks that you see today are definitely among the most visited and recognizable in the world. How many of them have you seen?

5) Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C., USA

(6 million visitors a year)

The Lincoln Memorial is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Washington, D.C. The architect of the Memorial was Henry Bacon and the sculptor of the primary statue was Daniel Chester French. Lincoln Memorial is a monument in memory of former U.S President Abraham Lincoln and it was dedicated on May 30, 1922. It measures 204 feet long, 134 feet wide and reaches 99 feet in height.

4) Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

(6.7 million visitors a year)

The Eiffel Tower was designed and built by the French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel for the Universal Exhibition of 1889, held in Paris. It is located in Paris, and it is one of the world’s most iconic monuments with around 6.7 million visitors a year.Upon completion on March 15, 1889, with 984 feet high the Eiffel Tower became the world’s tallest structure. It was on the top for 41 years until the Chrysler Building (1,046) topped it out in 1930.

3) Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

(7.4 million visitors a year)

One of the most distinctive and famous buildings of the twentieth century that were also declared as a World Heritage Site is the Sydney Opera House. It is an icon of Australia’s technical and creative achievement. The Sydney Opera House headquarters the Australia Opera Company, the Sydney Theatre Company, and the Sydney Symphonic Orchestra.

2) Great Wall of China, China

(9 million visitors a year)

The Great Wall of China, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, was listed as a Wold Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. It winds up and down across plateaus, mountains, grasslands, and deserts, stretching approximately 13, 170 miles from east to west of China. The Great Wall is also considered as the largest cemetery because 10 million workers who died while building it were buried in its surroundings. With a history of more than 2000 years, some of its sections have disappeared or are in ruins.

1) Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris, France

(12 million visitors a year)

Notre-Dame de Paris is a Catholic cathedral and is one of the oldest and the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Notre-Dame de Paris, also called cathedral church and Notre-Dame Cathedral, was completed in 1345 and today is the most visited monument in Paris. It is definitely the most famous of the middle aged Gothic cathedrals and is distinguished for it is architectural interest, antiquity, and size.

Other popular tourist attractions that you should definitely visit in your life are:

• Colosseum, Rome, Italy (5.11 million visitors a year)

• Statue of Liberty, NYC, USA (4.24 million visitors a year)

• Alhambra, Granada, Spain (more than 3 million visitors a year)

• Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt (3 million visitors a year)

• Taj Mahal, Agra, India (2.5 million visitors a year)

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