16. Great Pyramids, Egypt
The great pyramids of Giza are quite simply one of the most iconic objects ever built by man. Considered one of the original great wonders of the world, they were built thousands of years ago and are clearly visible from space.
17. Unknown Island
We could find no further information about this particular image, other than the fact that it was meant to showcase the capabilities of the aerial panoramic camera. Emerald waters and deep green jungle always signify adventure and romance.
18. Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer was the world’s tallest ferris wheel upon its completion in 2008 until Las Vegas had to one-up the tiny island Nation by building one 2.6 feet taller in 2014. Still, it’s an amazing and newly iconic presence in the futuristic city.
19. Bangkok, Thailand
The capital of Thailand is a sprawling metropolis, centered on the Chao Phraya River, which feeds an intricate network of canals. It’s the starting point for millions of South Asian backpackers going back decades, and home to some of the most magnificent Buddhist shrines on earth.
20. Etihad Towers
Returning to Dubai, we find a sublime aerial view of the Etihad Towers, a set of luxury hotel, residential, and office towers known for their gleaming, curved glass surfaces.
21. Grand Canyon
At over 277 miles long and a mile deep, the Grand Canyon is the most famous geological formation in North America. The Pueblo people considered it a holy site, while Europeans and their descendants have been visiting the canyon since at least 1540. We can thank president Teddy Roosevelt for championing its preservation over a century ago.
We just had to include this vibrant shot of Shanghai at night, as it’s one of the most futuristic and modern looking cities on earth. The sprawling metropolis is the largest city in China and a burgeoning world financial hub. At right we can see the Oriental Pearl TV tower, with its distinctive pink spheres.
23. Great Wall, China
The Great Wall was the first manmade creation visible from space, as its full breadth, including sections built at various points in history, stretches over 13,000 miles along an East-West path that was originally meant to defend China against invaders.
24. Hong Kong
Hong Kong is known as the port of the world, and is the premier shipping hub for the entire globe. The city-state was relinquished by the British into Chinese control almost 20 years ago, and continues to thrive independent of the standard laws of mainland China.
25. Blue Mosque, Istanbul
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is known as the Blue Mosque for its distinctive blue tiling throughout the interior, and is one of the most recognizable manmade structures on earth. In one of the longest continually populated cities in history, the nearly 500 year old structure is still used as an active mosque today.
26. Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
The capital of Malaysia has an evocative skyline, speckled with verdant forests, and defined by a pair of notable outliers: the twin Petronas towers, with their distinctive connecting sky bridge, and the KL tower, the 7th tallest structure on the planet. The entire image looks like Blade Runner transposed into Hobbiton.
27. Las Vegas
Las Vegas is a city like no other, yet contains visual nods to famous places across the globe, including the Eiffel Tower, which can be seen at center. The now-sprawling city sprung from a desolate place in the sand mere decades ago, and is now a financial powerhouse in the US.
The biggest port on the south of the United States, Miami has been the entry point for immigrants and commerce for decades. The thriving culture has produced a skyline that, while less iconic than New York’s, is clearly recognizable as much as the surrounding emerald oceans.
29. Novodevichy Convent, Moscow
Translated as New Maidens’ Monastery, this 17th century cloister is one of the only remaining structures of its type to remain intact through modern times. Surrounded by walls, parks, and the Moscow River, it’s an astonishing site out of history within the modern landscape. If you squint just right, the building and its reflection forms a perfect sine wave.
30. Christ The Redeemer, Rio
This art deco monument was created in 1931 and stands 98 feet tall on the 2,300 foot Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. In 2013, a pair of extreme sportsmen from Norway performed a death-defying wingsuit flyby of the statue.