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These are the Most Photographed Places in the World

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BY SIMRAN KHOSLA / GlobalPost

Google is measuring the most photographed places in the world.

It's called SightsMap and it uses Google Map's Panaramio platform, Wikipedia and FourSquare to determine what everyone is taking photos of these days.

“The dark areas have few photos, the red areas have more and the yellow areas have a large number of photos geotagged. The hottest places have markers linking photos, streetview, wikipedia, wikivoyage, foursquare and google plus articles about the site. The place names are selected by the wikipedia readership numbers and foursquare checkins. Area populations are based on the geonames database,” according to the makers of SightsMap.

The interactive heatmap, organized by photo concentration, lets you view the maps at various street levels. So you can view the most photographed places in your country or your neighborhood.

So, where are the most photographed places in the world, according to Google?

While an American city (New York) takes the top spot, Europe dominates the world when it comes to being photographable. Eight out of the top 10 cities are located on the continent.

 

Europe:

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When you zoom into Europe, Prague and Madrid make an appearance as desirable destinations for photographers.

 

North America:

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While nowhere near as lit up as Europe, North America has it’s own hot spots. Most of these are on the coasts, with Chicago and Montreal representing more inland. Most of the American locations are also on the top 30 list in the world rankings.

 

South America:

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South America holds its own against the rest of the world. Their top 10 is divided between ancient landmarks and modern metropolises.

 

Asia:

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Asian's most photographed places are clustered around the East Asian cities. While the Middle East makes an appearance, Dubai’s Palm Islands (a pair of man-made islands in the shape of palm trees) isn’t exactly representative of the region. While other countries have some isolated hot spots that get them on the list, Japan is definitely the winner.

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  1. I have a hard time believing there are more pictures being taken in Niagara Falls compared to Las Vegas or Washington DC.

    Posted by: East Coast | Feb 15, 2014 1:02:17 PM


  2. Too much information.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Feb 15, 2014 1:30:48 PM


  3. I'm surprised London doesn't even make it in the top 10 for Europe, that seems a bit odd.

    Posted by: ny2.0 | Feb 15, 2014 2:45:46 PM


  4. Yes we know Africa and Australia do not rank highly on global scales, but it is insulting to only comment 4 continents out of 6; perhaps your excuse is "my editor did not allow me"????

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 15, 2014 3:24:35 PM


  5. Where are the most selfies taken?

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Feb 15, 2014 3:41:37 PM


  6. Where are the most selfies taken?

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Feb 15, 2014 3:41:37 PM


  7. It's only photos taken with gps-enabled cameras, including cell phones. Lots of photos are taken with "regular" cameras and not measured here.

    Posted by: Perry | Feb 15, 2014 6:50:09 PM


  8. I thought the most photographed object on earth was Miley Cyrus's tongue.

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Feb 16, 2014 9:28:29 AM


  9. Where are the most selfies taken? Bathrooms.

    I think they should be more specific. What things are the most photographed. Otherwise, we're dealing with population density statistics. At the very least, photos per million in population would be nice.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 16, 2014 10:20:15 AM


  10. Load of crap. I just checked around my house in a very touristic spot: almost all of the pictures are incorrectly located and mis-taggued. Also, some of them show things that no ever photographs.

    But it does make for a nice map and it creates buzz for a crappy product from Google.

    Posted by: Marc | Feb 16, 2014 1:28:32 PM


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