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15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out Tell a Bigger Story

We've seen them in pictures and in guidebooks. The world's most famous landmarks live in popular imagination in their idealized form, but it can be surprising to see them in person. While some landmarks can be even more awe-inspiring when you take in their natural surroundings, others have been swallowed up by sprawling cityscapes.

In our perfection-obsessed society, it's tempting to crop out distractions and focus on the main subject. But as these images show, it can be just as enlightening to see how a landmark fits into an environment, and how a tourist attraction sticks out from a natural landscape. Here are 15 zoomed-out photos of famous landmarks around the world:

1. Taj Mahal

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2. The Great Pyramids of Giza

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3. Stonehenge

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4. Niagara Falls

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5. The Brandenburg Gate

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6. The Parthenon

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7. Mount Rushmore

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8. The Forbidden City

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9. Hollywood

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10. Central Park

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11. The Arc de Triomphe

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12. Santorini

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13. The Statue of Liberty

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14. Eiffel Tower

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15. St. Basil's Cathedral

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