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See cats sitting on historical monuments around the world

Cats rule supreme over the Internet and in the hearts of many around the world. They’re fluffy and have soft ears and funny tails and who doesn’t love petting a miniature apex predator, after all?

Most cats like to live a comfortable life in a house, but some have upped their game and taken the spotlight away from famous monuments and shone it on themselves. Take a look at these “monument cats” here.

Stray cats belong to the historic and cultural heritage of Rome, the capital of Italy, where a municipal councillor is in charge of taking care of them. There are around 120k cats hanging around the city’s ancient Roman ruins from the Colosseum to the Forum. Photo by Paolo Cocco/AFP/Getty Images
Stray cats belong to the historic and cultural heritage of Rome, the capital of Italy, where a municipal councillor is in charge of taking care of them. There are around 120k cats hanging around the city’s ancient Roman ruins from the Colosseum to the Forum. Photo by Paolo Cocco/AFP/Getty Images
Just like humans, cats like to wander the Great Wall of China as well. This picture was taken in the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall located in Huairou county, 70 km northeast of Beijing. Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Just like humans, cats like to wander the Great Wall of China as well. This picture was taken in the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall located in Huairou county, 70 km northeast of Beijing. Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Japan has around a dozen islands where cats largely outnumber humans. This picture was taken on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture, where there are six cats to each person living in the small fishing village. Photo by Kei Nomiyama/Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images
Japan has around a dozen islands where cats largely outnumber humans. This picture was taken on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture, where there are six cats to each person living in the small fishing village. Photo by Kei Nomiyama/Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images
Polydactyl cats are born with an unusual number of toes on one or more of their paws, and they’re known around the world as “Hemingway cats” because of the Nobel-prize winner’s love for them. He was given a polydactyl cat by a ship’s captain and now that cat’s descendants still live in Hemingway house in Key West, Florida. Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images
Polydactyl cats are born with an unusual number of toes on one or more of their paws, and they’re known around the world as “Hemingway cats” because of the Nobel-prize winner’s love for them. He was given a polydactyl cat by a ship’s captain and now that cat’s descendants still live in Hemingway house in Key West, Florida. Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images
The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has been an orthodox church, a ottoman mosque and a museum, and it’s also the home of a very Instagram-famous cat, Gli. She has even met with former US president Barack Obama during one of his visits to Turkey. Photo: Courtesy of the Hagia Sophia Cat Instagram page
The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has been an orthodox church, a ottoman mosque and a museum, and it’s also the home of a very Instagram-famous cat, Gli. She has even met with former US president Barack Obama during one of his visits to Turkey. Photo: Courtesy of the Hagia Sophia Cat Instagram page
A black cat walks around the gravestones of the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, the largest cemetery in the French capital and one of the most famous in the world.  Photo by Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images
A black cat walks around the gravestones of the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, the largest cemetery in the French capital and one of the most famous in the world. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images
Number 10 Downing Street is famous for many things and one of these is certainly its resident cat, Larry, the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
Number 10 Downing Street is famous for many things and one of these is certainly its resident cat, Larry, the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
The State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg is the second-largest museum in the world and was founded by Empress Catherine the Great herself. Its collection of over three million items is guarded against mice by a small colony of cats who live in the museum. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images
The State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg is the second-largest museum in the world and was founded by Empress Catherine the Great herself. Its collection of over three million items is guarded against mice by a small colony of cats who live in the museum. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images
The Buddhist temples of the Mandalay region in Myanmar are home to many cats, who follow the monks and the novices in their daily activities. Photo by Thierry Falise/LightRocket via Getty Images
The Buddhist temples of the Mandalay region in Myanmar are home to many cats, who follow the monks and the novices in their daily activities. Photo by Thierry Falise/LightRocket via Getty Images
The Algonquin Hotel in New York City has had a house cat since the 1930s. This is a picture of Matilda III, the 10th to take up residence in the historic Midtown Manhattan hotel. She gets her own regular e-mails and has her own room with a cat door and room service included. Photo by Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images
The Algonquin Hotel in New York City has had a house cat since the 1930s. This is a picture of Matilda III, the 10th to take up residence in the historic Midtown Manhattan hotel. She gets her own regular e-mails and has her own room with a cat door and room service included. Photo by Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images
De Poezenboot might look like one of the many boathouses that line the canals of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, but it’s actually the only floating cat sanctuary in the world. Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images
De Poezenboot might look like one of the many boathouses that line the canals of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, but it’s actually the only floating cat sanctuary in the world. Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images