Can You Guess Which Country Is Home to This Landmark?

By: Michael Moraitis
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About This Quiz

Know which country is home to the Taj Mahal, or Notre-Dame? Any idea where you'd have to travel to visit the Eiffel Tower or tour the Forbidden City? If you know the locations of the world's most famous landmarks, you might have what it takes to ace this quiz!

The world's most recognizable landmarks are so much more than the materials they are made from; more than massive natural formations, or buildings crafted from stone and mortar; more than soaring steel towers or museums housing irreplaceable works of art; and more than sites of political, religious or historical significance.

Instead, these beloved landmarks have become a symbol of so much more, from patriotism to culture to the very identity of the cities and countries in which they are located. That's why the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was not just an attack on these structures, but on all the things they stood for -- including New York City, the finance industry, capitalism and America itself.

This tightly intertwined sense of identity between famous landmarks and the local area also helps to explain why visitors to a city flock to its best-known sites, seeing it as the best way to immerse themselves in the destination. It helps to explain why 4 million people visit Ellis Island each year to take in one of America's most famous monuments, or why more than 15 million annual visitors enter through the once-guarded gates of the Forbidden City.

Think you can match the most famous landmarks in the world to the country where each is located? Prove it with this quiz!

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the United States in 1886. The statue's full name is "Liberty Enlightening the World."

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889 and was the tallest manmade structure in the world for 41 years. The Chrysler Building in New York surpassed the Eiffel Tower in 1930.

Big Ben

There is some debate about who Big Ben is named after. Some say it was after the First Commissioner for Works, Sir Benjamin Hall, whose name is inscribed on the bell. Others say it is named after champion heavyweight boxer, Ben Caunt.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa took over two centuries to build, as it was started in 1173 and wasn't completed until 1372. What took so long? Multiple conflicts and wars halted progress on the tower multiple times.

The Colosseum

Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Colosseum got its name from the "Colossus of Nero" statue alongside it. The Colosseum took nine years to build.

Empire State Building

Upon completion in 1931, the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world. It would stand that way for almost 40 years, until the completion of the first World Trade Center tower in 1970.

The Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood sign wasn't originally created with movies in mind. In fact, it was supposed to be an advertisement for real estate in the Hollywoodland development. The last four letters were removed in 1949.

Golden Gate Bridge

The original idea for the bridge was proposed in 1872, however construction didn't begin until 1933. The bridge was completed four years later.

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame is one of the world largest religious buildings. It was built between 1163 and 1345.

The Great Wall

The Great Wall of China is more than 2,300 years old. Nearly one-third of the wall has disappeared.

Stonehenge

To this day it is still a mystery how such a primitive people were able to transport some of the stones to Stonehenge, around 2500 BC. It is estimated stones as heavy as two to five tons were brought to the site from as far as 150 miles away.

Sydney Opera House

The original estimated cost to build the Sydney Opera House was $7 million, but it ended up costing $102 million. Over 8.2 million people visit the landmark every year.

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal took about 20 years to complete. It was a mausoleum dedicated to the wife of Shah Jahan.

Mount Everest

Everest is over 60 million years old and remains the world's tallest mountain. At least one person dies on the mountain per year, which has held true every year since 1969, with the exception of 1977.

The Great Sphinx

The face of the Great Sphinx is badly damaged and has been altered from its original form. It is believed Napoleon's artillerymen used it for target practice.

The Forbidden City

The city was built from 1406 to 1420. It is home to one of the biggest museums in the world, the Palace Museum.

The Acropolis

The Acropolis is the most famous site in Greece and a national source of pride. It was also a runner-up for the New Seven Wonders of the World.

The Willis Tower

Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower got its name change in 2009 after the property was purchased by the Willis group. Sears really lost the naming rights to the building in 2003, but the name just stuck around.

Times Square

Times Square was originally known as Longacre Square. It's also known as "The Crossroads of the World."

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace was actually named after politician John Sheffield, who later became Duke of Buckingham in 1703. He originally built Buckingham House as a place for him to stay during his visits to London. It was later transformed into a palace in 1820.

The White House

The White House wasn't regularly called its current name until Teddy Roosevelt dubbed it in 1901. Before 1901, it was known by multiple names, including the President's Palace and the President's House.

The Louvre

The Louvre was originally constructed in the 12th century as a defensive outpost. By the 14th century, it was no longer needed for its intended purpose.

Christ the Redeemer

After Catholics feared that "godlessness" was taking over Brazil, the statue was erected on Mount Corcovado, overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro.

The Grand Canyon

Despite its fame, the Grand Canyon is not the deepest canyon in the world. In fact, that title belongs to the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon in Tibet, which is two miles deeper and 30 miles longer.

Niagra Falls

The Niagara falls is located in both the United States and Canada, between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, New York, and Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is an active volcano that is Japan's tallest peak. Around 200,000 people climb Mount Fuji every year, making it the world's most climbed mountain.

Alcatraz

Notorious gangster Al Capone once played banjo in the prison's inmate band. None of the 36 prisoners who attempted to escape Alcatraz were confirmed to be successful.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey's nave is the highest in the country. The church itself has almost 1,000 years of history.

Space Needle

The Space Needle is home to the SkyCity restaurant, which revolves at 500 feet in the air. The top of the Space Needle is an aircraft warning beacon.

Mount Rushmore.

The idea for Mount Rushmore was originally presented in 1923 as a way to bring in tourists to the state. Now, over three million people visit the attraction annually.

Loch Ness.

Loch Ness is a large, deep, freshwater loch located in the Scottish Highlands. It is more famously known for the large sea monster that, as legend has it, lives there.

Mecca.

Mecca is the holiest place in the Islamic world. Only Muslims are allowed to visit the holy city, which sees millions of visitors per year for the Hajj (pilgrimage).

The Great Buddha.

The Great Buddha of Kamakura dates all the way back to 1252. It was originally gold-plated, but has been in the open air since a tsunami destroyed the temple around it in 1492.

Gateway Arch.

The Gateway Arch is the tallest arch in the world, standing at 630 feet. The arch is as wide as it is tall.

Central Park.

The size of Central Park is massive, and in fact it is bigger than some countries. Central Park is bigger than Vatican City and six times larger than the country of Monaco.

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