It occured to me today that I generally represent cities in my head as buildings. Then it occurred to me that I have no idea what structure represents my adopted hometown of Orlando to most non-locals; I would guess it’s Sleeping Beauty’s Castle or Spaceship Earth (the giant golf ball in the EPCOT Center), but I really have no clue.
Some cities are easy:
Sydney- the Opera House
Paris- the Eiffel Tower
Berlin- the Brandenburg Gate
Moscow- the Kremlin
Bombay/Mumbai- the Gateway to India
Edinburgh- Edinburgh Castle
New York- the Empire State Building*
Washington, D.C.- the White House
Seattle- the Space Needle
St. Louis- the Arch
Some cities are surprisingly hard. I lived in London for three years, and I can’t figure out what building most people would associate with it. Buckingham Palace, perhaps, but I doubt most people could begin to describe what it looks like. Downing Street is just a street with lots of policemen on it; everyone knows what the door to Number 10 looks like, but not the actual buildings. Windsor Castle, or the London Eye, or the Tower of London, perhaps - and Westminster Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Probably it’s Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
For Tokyo, I couldn’t think of any structures at all. Same for Rio, Buenos Aires, Stockholm, Madrid, or pretty much any other major city.
So, Dopers, help me out. What’s your city’s iconic structure? What other structures symbolize a city?
*I picked the ESB but the Statue of Liberty is a World Heritage Site and that might come to other people’s minds first.