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Can You Name the Country From a Picture of a Famous Landmark?
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About This Quiz
You probably know of many famous landmarks, but it may be tricky for you to guess the countries that accommodate the tourist attractions. It's time to test your knowledge of celebrated markers of the world. Our very informative geography quiz flexes your visual knowledge and map wisdom.
Natural and manmade wonders of the planet are covered here, as well as super interesting facts about each place. If you're planning a trip to any destination that you see, we'll arm you with one or two facts that should impress the natives. Some places, such as the Great Buddha of Japan and Ayers Rock of Australia, have alternate names that carry sacred meaning for the peoples of the region. Other famous landmarks were made to break world records, like the Millau Viaduct in France which is the highest bridge in the world. Older manmade landmarks of the world, such as the Empire State Building in New York City and the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, were so well made that retrofit projects were implemented as late as the 21st century!
These amazing destinations draw millions of people every year, which means lots of revenue for host countries. Tourism maintains many of the locations that you'll see on this quiz. Before you set off on your journeys to these landmarks, scroll through the visual treats we've filtered for your convenient preview!
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This "lady" is quoted to have said, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Can you name the country from an image of this famous femme?
Gustave Eiffel, creator of the Eiffel tower in Paris, France, is responsible for engineering the suspension model that made the copper molding of New York City's Statue of Liberty possible. Americans paid for the statue's pedestal, and France paid for everything else.
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Ferocious battles were once fought here and worshipers gathered at this destination spot. Where on Earth can you find it?
Pope Francis conducted a Good Friday service for thousands of people, including nuns and tourists, in April 2017 at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. The procession lasted for 90 minutes.
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Get fantastic views of the city at the top of this landmark. Is it a challenge for you to choose the nation?
Notre-Dame de Paris is a Gothic cathedral, whose most goth feature lies at the top of the north bell tower. Tourists enjoy an intimate view of the cathedral's gargoyle structures at the rampart that connects the south and north bell towers.
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The long wait times at this locale are well worth it. How easy is it for you to select the right country?
The Tokyo Tower of Japan rises 333 meters above the city of Tokyo. Approximately 3.2 million tourists visit the tower each year. The two main sources of revenue for the tower are tourism and antenna leasing.
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It's an "eye" in the sky of which of these countries?
Positioned across from the Houses of Parliament and on the banks of the Thames River, the London Eye ascends 450 feet above central London. Visitors who ride high on the Eye get a glimpse of rural green pastures that lie just past the bustling city.
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Reconciliation took center stage at this venue in 2014. Can you guess the country?
Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who attempted to assassinate John Paul II in 1981, placed white flowers on the saint's tomb at St. Peter's Basilica in 2014. John Paul II was shot and wounded as a result of the attack, but he forgave Agca in 1983 and helped petition for his prison release in 2000.
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Do you name the place where this romantic structure pierces the skies?
When Gustave Eiffel engineered the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, he faced tremendous criticism from 19th-century intellectuals who deemed the project useless. In 1887, Eiffel responded that the towering structure would aid the work of physicists, astronomers and meteorologists.
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A local saint designed this holy hotspot. Where in the world can you find it?
Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi i Cornet designed Sagrada Familia, a minor basilica located in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona residents regard him as a saint and have appealed to Rome for his official sainthood status.
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A few folks in Europe can't seem to keep their hands off of this statue. What is the country?
In the first incident of dismemberment vandalism of the famed landmark in 33 years, a hooded man sawed off the head of Denmark's Little Mermaid statue in 1998. The mystery man deposited the statue's head at a television station soon after.
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Diverse groups once traded ideas and goods at this spot. Do you identify the territory?
The Great Wall of China is an amalgamation of border walls constructed by small kingdoms conquered by Qin Shihuang, first emperor of China. The wall was a place where over 50 ethnic groups converged to trade.
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Look closely and you'll see a strong Asian influence in this structure. What country owns it?
Danish architect Jorn Utzon designed the Sydney Opera House of Sydney, Australia. One of Utzon's sketches from 1962 indicates that "Chinese houses and temples" inspired him to build the opera house.
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Ivan the Terrible is said to have been amazed by this iconic site. Do you know where it stands?
Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin, or Pokrovsky Sobor in Russian, is the official name of Russia's St. Basil's Cathedral. An improbable myth suggests that Ivan the Terrible blinded the cathedral's architect so that he would never build another structure so beautiful.
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This structure separated East from West in what country?
The Berlin Wall was constructed in 1961 to prevent people from escaping from communist East Germany to West Germany. The wall and the political doctrine that it symbolized were razed in 1989 at the end of the Cold War.
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Can you guess where these mysterious stones stand?
Researchers have determined that there were approximately 90 original slabs that formed the mysterious circle at Stonehenge in South England. The stones were meticulously arranged to align with the rising and setting of the sun during winter and summer solstices.
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A common crop that once grew in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro has disappeared. Where on the map is this majestic landmark?
Prior to the twentieth century,, the common crop known as eleusine coracana, or finger millet, used to grow in abundance in the Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanganyika region. The mountain's Chagga people brewed the millet to produce an alcoholic brew called mbege.
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There's a sacred word that describes this sacred destination. How do you find it?
Uluru is the sacred aboriginal name that the Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatara people have used for centuries to refer to Australia's Ayers Rock. In 1873, William Gosse, a surveyor, named the landmark Ayers Rock after Sir Henry Ayers, who was Chief Secretary of South Australia at the time.
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This towering tower was once retrofitted. Try to quickly choose the country?
In 2010, the Empire State Building launched a $2 million multimedia sustainability exhibit in the visitor's center on the second floor. The exhibit was introduced to showcase a retrofit program that was announced in April 2009.
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Where do millions of people go each year to visit this cherished monument?
The Taj Mahal draws nearly 3 million visitors yearly. The Indian landmark was constructed between 1632 and 1654 at the command of Emperor Shah Jahan who designated it as the burial ground for his late wife Mumtaz Mahal.
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Are you confident that you can ID the address of this landmark?
The Great Sphinx of Egypt and the two temples by which it crouches were built 10,000 to 15,000 years ago. Some Egyptologists believe that the Old Kingdom Pharaoh Chephren is responsible for building the half-man, half-animal Sphinx as well as the second pyramid.
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Where does this marker straddle an equally famous European river?
Built between 1886 and 1894, the Tower Bridge of London, England is both a bascule and suspension bridge. The Tower Bridge straddles the River Thames and borrows its name from the nearby Tower of London.
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There exist thousands of rooms at this location. Do you recognize the country?
China's Forbidden City occupies 864,000 square yards and is one of the world's biggest palaces with 8,662 rooms. China's most-visited monument established a list in 2015 that includes the names of thousands of tourists forbidden to ever return due to "uncivilized behavior."
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Do you know where to find this recognizable bridge?
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California is a suspension bridge that bestrides the mouth of the San Francisco Bay that leads into the Pacific Ocean. The 4,200-foot-long bridge was completed in 1937 and has been named one of the world's modern wonders.
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An important record was set here in 2016. Can you guess the country where it all happened?
Mount Everest of southern Asia rests on the border between Nepal and China (Autonomous Tibet). In 2016, U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville became the first combat-wounded amputee veteran to climb Mount Everest.
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It's named after a celebrated borough that exists in which of these countries?
One of America's oldest suspension bridges is New York City's Brooklyn Bridge, which was completed in 1883. The bridge joins the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn and straddles the East River.
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A London company saw fit to change its name. Where on the planet does this building remain?
One of America's tallest buildings, Chicago's Sear's Tower was renamed Willis Tower in 2009. The massive, 103-storied structure was renamed after Willis Group Holdings, an insurance broker based in London, agreed to lease 140,000 square feet in the tower.
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Try to guess the country where this bridge spans?
Constructed in 2004, the Millau Viaduct in South France has one of the world's highest road decks. The bridge spans 890 feet over the Tarn River and stretches from Causse Larzac plateau to Causse Rouge plateau.
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A renowned museum holds many remains of this place. What is the nation represented here?
The monuments at Acropolis, Greece date back 2,500 years and symbolize the height of Athens' regional influence. Many of the landmark's sculptures are preserved in the British Museum.
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Authorities hand out hefty fines if you step out of line at this landmark. Do you identify its country?
On April 12, 2017, a man went skinny-dipping in Rome's Trevi Fountain. The lewd act carried a stiff fine of 500 euros. That same month, two tourists incurred a fine totaling 900 euros for dipping their feet in the fountain's waters.
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Sound was born at this location's yearly celebration in '98. Do you know where it is?
For the first time in 94 years, the New Year's Eve celebration at Time's Square in New York projected sound to pair with the lowering of the ball in 1998. The event organizers used digital wireless technology to execute the audio feat.
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Is it a boy or a man? What country does this famous statue call home?
The name of the early seventeenth-century Mannekin-Pis statue of central Brussels refers to a man, although the statue resembles a young boy. A fifteenth-century motif of the image discovered in the town of Geraardsbergen depicts an adult-like figure.
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A revolution took place at this massive palace. Where did it happen?
King Louis XV built the palace at Versailles for his son's wedding. The majestic building was used as an opera house before it was converted to a home for royals. Leaders of the revolutionary French movement stormed the palace on October 6, 1789.
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Shh! Try to keep your peace at this holy establishment, or else. What country to you see in the image?
St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy is the city's most popular tourist attraction. In 1995, authorities of the landmark instituted a restriction on visitors and enforced a silence-only rule. Visitors were loaned headphones and a radio that streamed information about the basilica.
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A "little" version of this structure also exists in ________?
The Matterhorn mountains span the border between Switzerland and Italy. A relatively short distance away is Klein Matterhorn, or Little Matterhorn, which is a popular destination for skiers prepared to take on altitudes of 9,545 to 12,840 feet.
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It's a space for tragic beauty. Where is the country?
Pompeii is an ancient Roman landmark near Mount Vesuvius. In A.D. 62, the town was hit with a destructive earthquake. Then, 16 years later Mount Vesuvius erupted, killing thousands of Pompeii's residents.
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Crown jewels are housed at this landmark. Do you ID the exact country?
Edinburgh has been the capital of Scotland since the 15th century. Nestled in the Old Town district, Edinburgh Castle is home to the crown jewels, Honors of Scotland. The Edinburgh Tattoo draws large numbers of tourists to the region.
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It's initialed and tall. Where is it?
Toronto's CN Tower reaches 1,815 feet and 5 inches into the sky; its initials stand for "Canadian National." Approximately 1.5 million people visit the landmark each year. The tower opened its doors to the public on June 26, 1976.
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This gigantic church took quite a licking but it's still ticking in ________?
Germany's Cologne Cathedral suffered 18 aerial hits from the Allies during World War II. The Gothic church has the tallest twin spires (515 feet) of any church of its kind. Square footage of the cathedral's stained glass windows totals 107,609.
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Where on the Earth can you find the largest temple of its kind?
The 49-foot Nara Daibutsu, more popularly known as Great Buddha of Nara, is one of the world's largest bronze statues ever built. The Daibutsu-den Hall that houses the landmark is home to Japan's largest Buddhist temple, the Todai-ji.
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It's a famous primitive structure that's extremely efficient at what it does. Can you name the nation?
The 18th-century windmills at Kinderdijk in South Holland pump water from the lower regions of the Netherlands. The mills function by paddle wheels that extract water from the low-lying lands and pour it over barriers.
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Where can you find this fortress?
Festung Hohensalzburg is a palatial fortress established during the reign of Archbishop Gebhard von Helfenstein, and it sits at the summit of Festungsberg hill. The fortress is over 900 years old.
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