21 Incredible World Monuments Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

Machu Picchu

World monuments are spectacular feats of humankind in and of themselves, inspiring awe in their architectural detail, grandeur or simplicity.  Match that with a keen photographer in just the right moment and the outcome is a new piece of inspiring artwork. Here are 21 incredible photographs of world monuments like you’ve never seen them before.

Golden Gate Bridge

image: Marvin Soriano

1. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA


Hassan II Mosque Casablanca

image: Andrew E. Larsen

2. Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocoo


Petra Jordan Candles

image: Paul Stocker

3. Petra, Jordan


Sydney Opera House Sunset

image: Trey Ratcliff

4. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia  


Inside Egyptian Pyramid

image: Jon McL

5. Inside the Pyramid of Unas, Saqqara, Egypt


Taj Mahal Reflection in Pond

image: Koen

6. Taj Mahal, Agra, India


Inside Saint Basil's Cathedral

image: James Byrum

7. Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia


Colosseum Rome

image: Jason Pier

8. Colosseum, Rome, Italy


Machu Picchu

image: ThomasThomas

9. Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru


The making of the statue of liberty

image: New York Public Library 

10. Statue of Liberty being assembled in Paris, France


Alhambra Grenada

image: dalbera

11. Alhambra, Grenada, Spain


Vintage Picture of Giza Pyramids

image: Notre Dame Architecture Library

12. Great Sphinx, Giza, Egypt


Rapa Nui Chile

image: Christian Córdova

13. Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile



image: Jean-Marie Hullot

14.  Bagan, Mandalay Region, Myanmar


Le Louvre under a full moon

image: photophilde

15. Le Louvre, Paris, France 


The Great Wall of China

image: Dennis Jarvis

16. Great Wall of China, Juyong Pass, China


Eiffel Tower

image: Nitin Gajria

17. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France


Stonehedge at sunrise

image: Taro Tyler

18. Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England

Pashupatinath Nepal

image: Lab604

19. Pashupatinath, Kathmandu, Nepal


Big Ben London

image: Gonzalo Díaz Fornaro

20. Big Ben, London, England


Ankor Wat

image: Josh Gross

21. Ankor Wat, Cambodia




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Juliette Donatelli

Working in the field of sustainability for over seven years, Juliette is passionate about its intersection within the fashion industry. Juliette began studying ecological conservation, and led consumer awareness campaigns around the world from water usage in southern California, riparian restoration in South Africa, food distribution in Paris and bison habitat in the Great Plains. She has launched her passion--consumerism and sustainability--into a place where it hits home--fashion. Juliette is the founder and editor-in-chief of spadesandsilk.com, Director of Sustainability at Manufacture NY, and loves to read, dance, swim and enjoy the occasional glass of champagne.