See 6 of the World’s Most Iconic Structures From Above

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The Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, the Statue of Liberty—these are some of the most photographed landmarks on Earth. Though they're instantly recognizable to most people from the ground, the aerial views of these structures may look less familiar. 

We've already shown you what the world's largest airports and most popular beaches look like from above. To get a bird's-eye view of iconic landmarks from around the globe, check out the photos below from Budget Direct.

1. Sydney Opera House // Sydney, Australia

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The Sydney Opera House is famous for its outer shells, which are made from white tiles that reflect the changing sky throughout the day. This design feature is on full display in this overhead shot.

2. The Statue of Liberty // New York City, United States

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Lady Liberty's ornate base is usually overshadowed by the statue itself. Here you can see its stunning 11-point star shape—a vestige of an old fort built the year before the War of 1812.

3. The Gherkin // London, England

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London's second-tallest skyscraper is famous for its bullet-like shape and intricate exterior.

4. The Eiffel Tower // Paris, France

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When viewed from above, the Eiffel Tower's four iron legs form a giant X.

5. The Colosseum // Rome, Italy

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With no roof, the many levels of the Colosseum's 2000-year-old interior are exposed in this aerial view.

6. Shwedagon Pagoda // Yangon, Myanmar

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Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar is said to be the world's oldest Buddhist stupa at 2600 years old. Devotees have maintained it over the years, which is why the gold roof in this shot looks so pristine.