The 10 Most Photographed Places in the World

I would like to make clear that we are not Buzzfeed, nor do we want to be. We find the majority of their lists to be poorly executed and a blatant move to get those with a short attention span to scroll down a webpage with little effort exerted to take in information beyond a picture and short blurb.

That said, top (insert number) lists do have some appeal and use in the world. The Ten Commandments were a perfect combination of conciseness and specificity. Or the Bill of Rights. So, don’t expect these sort of things often, but when they do arise on Yester, they’ll be worth your while and jack you up on all sorts of quality information.

Some Background Knowledge

The Map

What you have above is a map of the world, political borders included, with each dot of purple (or when clustered, red or yellow) a photograph uploaded onto Panoramio. Panoramio is a photo sharing website that allows users to document locations they visited through the uploading of images. The ultimate goal of the site is to give a comprehensive visual representation of the whole planet.

Of course, some places naturally are more photogenic than others. This can be due to a number of factors, including and not limited to ease of access, popularity, and photographic freedom. So, while North Korea might have beautiful visages, the fact that few humans are allowed to take photographs and share them on the internet limits that location from making the top ten list (don’t worry, there will be a follow up of the Least Photographed Places…). There is also the issue of museums and churches that don’t allow photography. For instance, while you might really want to take a picture of the Defenestration Window at the Prague Castle, you plainly can’t (unless you’re sneaky like me).

The other factor to consider when browsing the list is that Panoramio is a service of Google. Don’t get me wrong, I have sold my soul to Google and am writing this article on a Chromebook while texting on a Nexus 4, but the whole world is not with me. Thus, only photographs that are uploaded onto this service, photos that tend to come from phones which can upload pictures easily onto the web, are considered in the map. However, it is safe to assume the people who don’t upload their photos to Panoramio have similar behaviors to the millions of people who do.

For each city, I have also given you the five most photographed locations. Click on the link and it will bring you to the Panoramio map location.

And without further ado, the list:

1. New York City


1. The Guggenheim Museum

2. The Empire State Building

3. Grand Central Terminal

4. Flatiron Building

5. Bethesda Terrace (in Central Park)


2. Rome


1. Trinita dei Monti

2. Trevi Fountain

3. Piazza del Popolo

4. Pantheon

5. Trajan’s Column


3. Barcelona


1. Park Güell

2. Casa Batlló

3. Casa Milà

4. Santa Maria del Mar

5. Sagrada Família


4. Paris


1. Moulin Rouge

2. Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

3. Arc de Triomphe

4. Place Charles de Gaulle (same as above) (kinda cheap that one place gets a two-fer)

5. Eiffel Tower


5. Istanbul


1. Kız Kulesi

2. Neve Shalom Synagogue

3. Ortaköy Mosque

4. Strangely enough, the Ortaköy Mosque also comes in 4th.

5. Sultan Ahmed Mosque


6. Venice


1. Ponte dell’Accademia

2. St Mark’s Campanile

3. San Giacomo di Rialto

4. St Mark’s Basilica

5. Venezia


7. Monte Carlo

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1. Hotel de Paris

2. Prince’s Palace of Monaco

3. Saint Nicholas Cathedral

4. SEM-ART gallery

5. Location near Saint-Martin Gardens

8. Florence


1. Piazzale Michelangelo

2. Ponte Vecchio

3. Firenze

4. Ponte alle Grazie

5. Galleria Degli Uffizi

9. Buenos Aires

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1. Caminito

2. Plaza de la República

3. Plaza de Mayo

4. Floralis Genérica

5. Galerías Pacífico

10. Budapest


1. St. Stephen’s Basilica

2. Matthias Church

3. Hungarian Parliament Building

4. Budapest Castle Hill Funicular

5. Szent Gellért Monument