According to InfoTrends 2014 Worldwide Image Capture Forecast, consumers will take one trillion photos in 2015 – and that number will grow to 1.3 trillion by 2017.
So what are we taking all these photos of?
New York: The Guggenheim Museum
New York is the world’s first photographed city. With over 53 million tourists visiting the Big Apple each year, that’s hardly shocking. Visitors head to famous landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Central Park, but surprisingly, these aren’t the city’s most photographed landmarks. This honor goes to the Guggenheim Museum. The building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and opened in 1959, houses an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art.
The cylindrical building, with its continuous spiraling ramp, has been photographed more than any other landmark in the world.
The world is full of destinations photogenic. however, not all places are equally popular. Supplier of photos, Dreamstime crossed the numbers to determine the most photographed cities in the world and the results may surprise you.
New York leads the way with 356,747 photos uploaded to Dreamstime. Kiev took 15th place in the ranking of the most photographed cities in the world.
- New York: the Guggenheim Museum
- Rome: The Trinitàdei Monti
- Barcelona: Parc Güell
- Paris: Moulin Rouge
- Istanbul: Kiz Kulesi
- Venice: Ponte dell’Accademia
- Monte Carlo: Hotel in Paris
Rome: The Trinitàdei Monti
It would be hard to find a non-photogenic part of Rome – everywhere you look there are fountains, glorious cathedrals, and classical architecture.
It’s no wonder this city came in second. Even if you haven’t been to the Italian capital, you’ve probably heard of several of its famous landmarks, including the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain, but have you heard of the Trinità dei Monti? The late Renaissance church sits atop the Steps, overlooking Piazza di Spagna.
Originally built in the 1500s, today the church is the most photographed place in all of Italy. The obelisk of Sallustiano, which stands in front of the church, was unveiled by Pope Pius VI at the end of the 18th century.
Barcelona: Parc Güell
This Spanish city could be mistaken for a huge living art gallery. Most of the colorful and ornate buildings that line the streets can be attributed to a single architect: Antoni Gaudí. His Modernist works include the breathtaking La Sagrada Familia church, but the most photographed of his designs and, in fact, the most photographed site in Barcelona, is Park Güell. Built-in the early 1900s, the public park combines gardens with elements of Gaudí’s unique architectural style.
Paris: red Mill
It’s no wonder that Paris is one of the most photographed cities in the world. Landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe are world-famous, but none of these sites are the most photographed in the city.
Rather, this honor goes to the Moulin Rouge. The French cabaret is the birthplace of can-can and the center of a 2001 film of the same name. Today it is one of the main tourist attractions in Paris, recognizable by the red windmill on its roof and the bright neon lights that illuminate the night sky.
Istanbul: Kiz Kulesi
Before being invaded by the Ottomans, Istanbul was part of the Roman Empire known as Byzantium and later Constantinople.
It is therefore not surprising that much of the city’s striking architecture reflects its Byzantine past. The region’s most photographed site is on a small islet 200 meters off the coast at the southern entrance to the Bosphorus Strait. Kiz Kulesi, also known as the Maiden’s Tower, is said to have been originally built by the former Athenian general Alcibiades in the fifth century.
Venice: Ponte dell’Accademia
Founded in the fifth century, this city in northern Italy spans 118 small islands in the Adriatic Sea. UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site in 1987, recognizing the cultural importance of the city and its series of canals.
The Ponte dell’Accademia is one of only four bridges that span the city’s Grand Canal. From here you can see the churches and palaces that dot the landscape. Built-in 1933 to temporarily replace the original iron bridge that has stood on this site since 1854, this simple wooden structure quickly became a favorite landmark and is now the most photographed location in what is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Monte Carlo: Hotel in Paris
This paradise of the rich and famous on the French Riviera in Monaco is synonymous of luxury and opulence. The Hôtel de Paris, established in 1864, is located on the west side of Place du Casino.
Famous guests included Cary Grant, Nelson Mandela and Michael Jackson, as well as Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, who celebrated their 20th anniversary in his private wine cellar. While most tourists won’t be able to afford the $ 17,000-a-night Winston Churchill Diamond Suite, many stops and take selfies outside the 5-star hotel, making it Monte Carlo’s most photographed landmark…