How would the world we know look to us from a birds-eye view?

Famous landmarks like the Arc Du Triumph, the Pyramids of Giza, and the Sagrada Familia have been photographed countless times by photographers from around the world, and they are recognizable to most, if not all, of us. But this collection of stunning aerial photographs gives us a bird’s-eye-view of these places, casting them in a totally new light.

Most of the pictures are of places or things that most of us could easily identify right away. The images illustrate just how much a change in perspective can alter. It’s also worth noting that a few of these sites, like the Pyramids of Giza and the hotels in Dubai, were designed with an aerial perspective in mind. The designs of certain Dubai hotels can only be appreciated fully from above, and some theorize that the Pyramids of Giza were meant to be aligned with the stars in Orion’s Belt.

Although taking photographs from a bird’s actual perspective is possible, most photographers prefer taking pictures like these from hot-air balloons, helicopters, gliders, or very tall structures. A few of the photographs also seem to be taken from altitudes that even birds couldn’t reach. None of this, however, detracts from their epic beauty.

1. Barcelona

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2. Central Park, New York City

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3. Maze at Longleat, England

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4. Mexico City

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 5. Venice

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6. Amsterdam

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7. Giza Pyramids, Egypt

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8. Niagara Falls, Canada

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9. Chicago

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10. Tulip Fields, The Netherlands

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11. Bern

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12. Mangroves in New Caledonia

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13. Dubai

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14. Dubrovnik

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15. Namib Desert, Namibia

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16. Paris

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17. Meskendir Valley, Turkey

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18. Shanghai

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19. Cape Town

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20. Moscow

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21. Athens

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22. Vancouver

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23. Male, Maldives

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24. Seattle

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25. Vatican City

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26. Bac Son Valley, Vietnam

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27. Marina Bay, Dubai

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28. Rio de Janeiro

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29. Terraced Rice Fields, China

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30. A Lake in Pomerania, Poland

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Please note: this is not my own work and I owe thanks for the original article from Bored Panda

Image credits

  1. Aldas Kirvaitis
  2. Sergey Semenov
  3. archive.4plebs.org
  4. Pablo Lopez Luz
  5. Yann Arthus Bertrand
  6. unknown
  7. satimagingcorp.com
  8. thezooom.com
  9. Robert Elves
  10. Normann Szkop
  11. imgur.com
  12. Yann Arthus Bertrand
  13. unknown
  14. Michaelphillipr
  15. SysaWorld Roberto Moiola
  16. imgur.com
  17. Beng Lieu Song
  18. imgur.com
  19. imgur.com
  20. imgur.com
  21. imgur.com
  22. Evan Leeson
  23. Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg
  24. thatcherphotography.com
  25. Randy P
  26. Hai Thinh
  27. airpano.com
  28. Antonello
  29. Thierry Bornier
  30. Kacper Kowalski
1 reply
  1. Cynthia Taylor-Luce
    Cynthia Taylor-Luce says:

    Wow, Tom. I just stumbled across this collection. What stunning photos. Thank you for sharing these. I feel like I’ve been on a very quick trip around the world.
    Cynthia

    Reply

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