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Will you be surprised by the top 20 most-photographed sights in the world?

More and more travellers see the world through a camera’s lens, but what elevates an attraction to most-photographed in the world?

Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Guggenheim Museum in New York. Image by Smart Destinations / CC BY-SA 2.0

A new infographic shows a list of the top 20 most photographed attractions – and some of what made the list, or didn’t, may be surprising.

Trinita Dei Marti in Rome, Italy.
Trinita Dei Marti in Rome, Italy. Image by David McSpadden / CC BY 2.0

The list comes from Parrot Print – a company that prints photographs to canvas – which says it used “the interactive ‘heat map’ Sightsmap, based on data from a Google-powered photo-sharing app, to provide the rankings”.

Moulin Rouge in Paris, France.
Moulin Rouge in Paris, France. Image by clundh

While a New York site takes the top spot on Parrot Print’s list, it’s not the Empire State Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art or Central Park. The Guggenheim Museum, which boasts architecture from the famed Frank Lloyd Wright and is filled with 20th century art, was named number one.

Astronomical clock in Prague, Czech Republic.
Astronomical clock in Prague, Czech Republic. Image by Brian Jeffery Beggerly / CC BY 2.0

In second place is the Trinita Dei Monti in Rome, located above the Spanish Steps, where many travellers rest and take some photographs.

Pyramids from the Giza Plateau.
Pyramids from the Giza Plateau. Image by WitR

In third place is Barcelona’s vibrant Park Güell, which features beautiful colourful designs by Gaudi and attracts many travellers equipped with a camera.

Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China.
Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China. Image by star5112 / CC BY-SA 2.0

The infographic shows the top 20 most photographed attractions as well as how many times each sight was hashtagged on Instagram.

The top sites are as follows: Guggenheim Museum in New York, USA; Trinita Dei Monti in Rome, Italy; Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain; Moulin Rouge in Paris, France; Maiden’s Tower in Istanbul, Turkey; Ponte dell’Accademia in Venice, Italy; Hotel De Paris in Montecarlo, Monaco; Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, Italy; Caminito in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, Hungary; Astronomical Clock in Prague, Czech Republic; Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain; Niagara Falls in Niagara, USA; Westfield in Sydney, Australia; Piccadilly Circus in London, UK; Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt; Art Institute in Chicago, USA; Yu Garden in Shanghai, China; Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China; and Coit Tower in San Francisco, USA.

See the full infographic here.

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