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The world's most iconic places to photograph

Certain places are a must to capture through the lense: when in Rome, the obvious choice is the Colosseum and when in Paris, the Eiffel Tower.

But far from these popular destinations lie many more wonders around the world that tourists seek out with camera in hand.

From the world-famous Taj Mahal in India to the world's most spectacular ruins, Machu Picchu, here at HELLO! Online, we have selected the 15 most iconic places to photograph.

The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

One of the premier attractions of Egypt, if not the world, the Pyramids of Giza represent the archetypal pyramid structures of ancient Egyptian civilisation.

These pyramids were built as the final resting place for pharaohs, which were kings of divine right and were seen as living gods. Upon a pharaoh's death he would become a god.

Depending on how successful his reign was while he was alive, foretold what power he would have in the afterlife 

Venice, Italy

Renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and artworks, Venice in its entirety is listed as a World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon.

The lagoon is virtually the same as it was six hundred years ago, making it the most photographed part of the city 

Stonehenge, England

Stonehenge is in a World Heritage Site of over 2000 hectares that is considered one of the most archaeologicaly rich in Europe.

It's home to some of the most important Neolithic and Bronze Age finds and structures in the UK, and contains some 200 scheduled monuments.

The most sought after picture is when the sun comes down and the rays of light slip through the upright stones 

Taj Mahal, India

The Taj Mahal is India's most recognised monument and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. 

The monument is a tomb that contains the body of Mumtaz Mahal -- the wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. He had it built as an ode to his love. It is made of marble and took 22 years and 20,000 workers to complete 

Machu Picchu, Peru

One of the most famous and spectacular ruins in the world, Machu Picchu is located 8,000 ft high in the Andes of Peru.

This UNESCO World Heritage site is often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas", and is one of the most familiar symbols of the Incan Empire 

Easter Island

Easter Island is known as one of the world's sacred sites, and it is most famous for its enigmatic giant stone busts, called moai, created by the early Rapanui people.

It is one of the most isolated islands on Earth and a World Heritage Site 

Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia

The temple of Angkor Wat, rising out of the Cambodian jungle, is the world's largest religious structure.

But nearby is another temple, Ta Prohm, less grand in scale but more penetrating to the psyche.

Here the roots of towering strangler figs cascade over the intricately carved stone walls, framing doorways 

Petra, Jordan

The fabled "rose red city, half as old as time", is a well known ancient Nabataean city in the south of Jordan.

It was recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 due to its breathtaking grandeur and fabulous ruins.

Although the entry to the monument is expensive (£79 if visiting on a day trip to Jordan), it offers a lot of photo opportunities, making it worthwhile 

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a small archipelago of islands belonging to Ecuador in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Although the islands are quite remote and isolated they are world-renowned for the unique and fearless wildlife there - much of which was inspiration for Charles Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection.

Giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas and different bird species can all be seen and approached for incredible photographs 

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers. It was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes.

Photographers flock here to capture its unique landscape, seen above 

The Kingdom of Bhutan

Tucked away in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan is usually visited by people in search of wisdom, inspiration, solitude and happiness.

The majesty and grandeur of the natural surroundings makes the experience to this beautiful setting a once in a lifetime experience 

Hot Spring, Iceland

A hot spring is produced by the emergence of geothermally heated groundwater from the Earth's crust.

Because of both the folklore and the claimed medical value some of these springs have, they are very popular tourist destinations, and locations for rehabilitation clinics for those with disabilities. 

Antarctica

The Antarctica is the windiest, coldest and highest continent, but beyond that, it boasts amazing scenery and tremendous and unique wildlife.

It's notable for being the only continent with no significant land plant life and no native land mammals, reptiles, or amphibians.

However its shoreline serves as nesting ground for many species, including penguins 

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Situated on the border of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina, the Iguazu Falls is one of the great natural wonders of the world.

Legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe.

In rage, the god sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to an eternal fall 

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