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Earth’s Amazing Landmarks From Awesome New Angles

The Pyramids of Giza. The Great Wall of China. The Eiffel Tower. We know what these iconic landmarks look like in most pictures, but that’s often only one side of the story. Take a look at these famous places photographed from an unusual or interesting angle, and you’re bound to gain a whole new perspective on the world.

Torch View Of The Statue Of Liberty

We’re all familiar with Lady Liberty’s classic robe and crown, but did you also know that she has a sharp middle hair part and a finger weave? This cool shot was actually taken from inside the torch of the Statue of Liberty, looking down nearly 305 feet to the ground below. Her extended right arm alone measures 42 feet. You can also make out the inscription on her book, “July IV MDCCLXXVI” — in other words, July 4, 1776.

Cenote Samula, Mexico

Cenotes like this one near Valladolid, Mexico, can be found all over the Yucatan peninsula. They’re naturally-formed sinkholes that occur as the limestone around them erodes, leading to incredible cave-like formations exposing clean, fresh groundwater. They’re a popular way to cool off from the hot Mexican sun. The Ancient Mayans believed that cenotes were a passageway to the underworld, and many religious sites, such as Chichen Itza, were built around them for sacrifice.

City View Of The Great Pyramids Of Giza

We often think of the pyramids in Giza as remote, mysterious structures located somewhere out in the middle of a vast desert. But this shot taken from the city of Giza shows that there’s plenty of modern life happening around these ancient buildings. In fact, Giza is the third-largest city in all of Egypt, with a population of over 3.6 million. Along with tourism, filmmaking is a big contributor to Giza’s economy.

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