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Old 11-11-2002, 06:05 PM
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What is the Most Photographed Site in the World? In the US?

What structure or natural site is photographed more times per year than any other?

To qualify, the site in question must:
  • Be in a location that attracts plenty of tourists, journalists, professional photographers, and other interested parties, all bringing along their cameras and snapping away.
  • Have significant aesthetic, architectural, historical, cultural or emotional relevance.
  • Be a specific location that can easily fit in one's viewfinder. IOW, London doesn't count. But a specific site in London, such as Big Ben, would.

My nomination for most photographed site in the US is Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World. Millions of tourists come through WDW every year, and I'm sure every last one of them snaps at least one photograph of the Castle.

If not the Castle, then perhaps the Statue of Liberty. However, I don't think New York attracts the raw numbers of tourists that WDW does.

As for the most photographed site in the whole world, my money is on The Eiffel Tower.

Do any of you have any other suggestions?
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Old 11-11-2002, 06:18 PM
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I would also nomiate the Niagara Falls as a likely candidate. Vast tourism industry with easy access and several observation decks for easy snapshots.
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Old 11-11-2002, 06:33 PM
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I thought about this based on the thread title, before seeing other posts, and also came up with the Eiffel Tower. For the US, I hadn't thought of Cinderella's Castle, but it's a fair bet. This site http://www.astanet.com/travel/hotspots_spring2001.pdf shows Orlando to be by far the most popular travel desitnation within the US.

Google let me down for a world site, so I'll stick with the Eiffel Tower.
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Old 11-11-2002, 07:23 PM
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France is the most visited country in the world per annum, so I would agree with the guess that the Eiffel Tower is tops. (and, of course, 95% of those are photographs taken to make people appear that they're holding the thing in their hand -- or that it's coming out of their butt.)
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Old 11-11-2002, 08:20 PM
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The Eiffel Tower seems a good bet internationally, but lots of photographs are taken in Italy as well.

I once heard a statistic (no cite to back it up, and it's probably exaggerated) that so many pictures are taken in Venice every year, that if you recovered the silver off the film there would be enough to make three FA Cups (shown in the bottom left picture here. A lot of those pictures would be of the Campanile in St. Mark's Square.

Florence Cathedral must be right up there too.
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Old 11-11-2002, 11:50 PM
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China Cove near Carmel in California, USA, is a very photographed place. It is on more calenders than any other landscape that I've ever seen. I have no definite proof to cite, although a friend of mine from there swears it's common knowledge for them.
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Old 11-11-2002, 11:58 PM
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A lot of photos are shot in Times Square. I work in the area and I wonder how many times I'm in the background of peoples snapshots.

Besides the castle at DW we always take a photo by the flower garden in front that looks like Mickey Mouse.
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Old 11-12-2002, 12:29 AM
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The most PAINTED building in the US is Motif Number One in Rockport, MA. I know this isn't what you asked for, but it's a good start.
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Old 11-12-2002, 01:04 AM
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I haven't found a reliable cite yet, but I'm thinking, Pyramid, or perhaps the Vatican, even the Great Wall.

We'll find out sometime soon I suspect.

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Old 11-12-2002, 01:21 AM
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Well, I know this doesn't fit the OP exactly, but the most photographed event in the world is the Albuquerque Baloon Fiesta according to Kodak. A cite can be found here http://goamericanwest.com/newmexico/...balloons.shtml

As far as the most photographed site goes I would think it would be the site that has the most visitors that can afford cameras. If you add in the press I'd have to say the White House would be up there. I'd say Mecca could be up there but I am not sure about how many people would take cameras to Mecca. (I am pretty ignorant about Mecca except I know a whole lot of people travel there every year)

Well, I don't know.

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Old 11-12-2002, 01:38 AM
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I had a cite but the Hamsters ate my stuff, I'll have to find it again. It basically said the Castle at Disney World in TOKYO wins the prize. It claimed D/W Japan gets more visitors than any other. The castle gets the most pictures in the most frequented tourist attraction. So, if>then>?

anyway, I'll see if I can pull it up and link it later~
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Old 11-12-2002, 06:01 AM
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I remember hearing that the most photographed spot in the world was Mt. Fuji in Japan. Don't remember where I saw that, so take that with a grain of salt.
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Old 11-12-2002, 07:02 AM
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I wonder if Ground Zero would qualify for the past year?
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Old 11-12-2002, 07:04 AM
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I remember hearing that the most photographed spot in the world was Mt. Fuji in Japan. Don't remember where I saw that, so take that with a grain of salt.
I was gonna say that if only for the reason that the Japanese love taking photos and I mean LOVE.
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Old 11-12-2002, 07:22 AM
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I'm not German (as for France, I doubt that there could be any other answer than the Eiffel tower), but I would suspect that the most photographed german site is probably theNeuschwanstein castle which appears everywhere, on posters, etc..
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Old 11-12-2002, 07:27 AM
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I'm not German (as for France, I doubt that there could be any other answer than the Eiffel tower), but I would suspect that the most photographed german site is probably theNeuschwanstein castle which appears everywhere, on posters, etc..
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Old 11-12-2002, 08:31 AM
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I'm not German (as for France, I doubt that there could be any other answer than the Eiffel tower), but I would suspect that the most photographed german site is probably theNeuschwanstein castle which appears everywhere, on posters, etc..
That's the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Castle!


I am such a dweeb for knowing that. And I knew it without even clicking on the link. Yes, I do need a life. Why do you ask?

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Old 11-12-2002, 08:37 AM
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Many consider "The Lone Cypress" http://www.mbstours.com/images/lone_cypress_tree.jpg the most photographed tree in the world.
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Old 11-12-2002, 09:50 AM
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BiblioCat, not only is that the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang castle, it's also the castle that Cinderella's castle is modeled off of!

My vote goes to the Taj Mahal for the world's most photographed site.
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Old 11-12-2002, 10:00 AM
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Internationally, I don't know. I'd bet on the Eiffel Tower if I had to guess based on the number of tourists that visit France (two couples I know both visited in the past ten months) and the fact that it's the most well-known landmark (to Americans, at least) in Paris.

I visited New York last year and stayed near Times Square. Every day I saw dozens of people taking pictures of it, and found myself wondering how many pictures are taken in the general vicinity of Times Square every year - it's got to be in the millions, counting movies, TV commercials, commercial photography, the number of television shows filmed there, etc.

I'd have to nominate the Grand Canyon as a contender. I used to live in northern Arizona and went there once on a random afternoon in September - there were thousands of people there, people from all over the world speaking dozens of languages. Every single one of them had a camera and took at least a dozen pictures.

The way I see it: EVERYONE who goes to the Grand Canyon takes at least one picture of it. Probably more than one. And a whole lot of people visit the Grand Canyon - 4,104,809 people in 2001 according to this site.
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Old 11-12-2002, 10:19 AM
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The moon? Everyone can see the moon, and it's been around since photography was invented.

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Old 11-12-2002, 10:30 AM
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The moon? Everyone can see the moon, and it's been around since photography was invented.

Yeah P/L , I thought about that too, but I don't think I have any pics of the moon. Besides, were talking numbers of pics, the sun would probably be a better candidate.

I mean how many photos in all were probably taken outside during the day versus the night. I was going to say an ocean, but rasta.. restricted the OP in size.

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Old 11-12-2002, 04:54 PM
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I believe that the Golden Gate Bridge is the 'most photographed man-made structure' in the United States.
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Old 11-12-2002, 04:58 PM
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The entire Grand Canyon is too big for the OP's criteria, but how about Old Faithful? I don't know how it compares to Niagra Falls, but either is a strong candidate for most-photographed natural sight.

And the sun probably would win, with all of the sunset photos people take, but I assume that "in the world" implies "on Earth".
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Old 11-13-2002, 02:24 AM
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My vote goes to the Taj Mahal for the world's most photographed site.
I thought about that, but while it is beautiful, it is really off the beaten track to get to it. That would limit the number of tourists that get there. The Eiffel Tower or one of the Disney castles is most likely man made object.
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Old 11-13-2002, 02:38 AM
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t-keela - "Besides, were talking numbers of pics, the sun would probably be a better candidate.
I mean how many photos in all were probably taken outside during the day versus the night. I was going to say an ocean, but rasta.. restricted the OP in size. "


I didn't mean to imply that the sun was smaller than the ocean.

...hmmm... maybe nobody caught that..

and airdisc
I also read that Mt. Fuji was #1 but was bumped by D/W Tokyo in recent years.
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Old 11-13-2002, 05:30 AM
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Buckingham Palalce / Tower Bridge / Houses of Parliament in London. (now the London ’Eye is up & running)
Opera Hose / Harbour Bridge, Sydney.
Leaning Tower, Pisa.
St. Peters / St Marks Square, Rome.
(The Vatican has the largest number of tourists of any site in Europe. Second is Blackpool! )

If you Google "most photographed building in the world" (with quotes) it lists about 10 buildings claiming the title. Who to believe...?
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