Some places attract camera clicks for a reason. And some places attract more camera clicks by virtue of having already attracted many camera clicks. While it may be impossible to separate their innate charm from all the additional hype that’s been created around it, the most photographed places in the world occupy a storied place in the mythos of our cultural imagination, and that’s probably not going to change anytime soon.
We took a look at the lists of the most photographed places in the world compiled by Expedia, InfoTrends, Dreamstime and Sony Mobile to zero in on a handful of spots that appear to have fully earned their photogenic stripes.
And of course, we know that seeing is only part of the experience. If you’re like us, you’ll want to hear, speak and understand, too. Here are a few of the most photographed places in the world and the languages you can expect to encounter when you visit them — as well as links to a few additional resources to help you study up before you go.
Most Photographed Places In The World
New York City
Across the various lists we researched, New York City appeared to consistently rank as the most photographed city in the world. Within the Big Apple, Central Park and the Guggenheim Museum both vied for most photographed landmarks, and of course, the Empire State Building and Times Square were also popular places to take a camera.
The languages of New York City
Well, how should we say this — more or less all of them? The borough of Queens is the most linguistically diverse place in the world, and there are as many as 800 languages spoken across the city. But of course, the one you’re most likely to encounter is American English.
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Across the pond, the city of London also receives its fair share of photographic attention. The most widely snapped landmarks include Big Ben, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace, but there are certainly other brilliant snaps to be taken around the city.
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British English is, of course, a given, but there are other languages spoken in the United Kingdom. These include indigenous languages like Scots and Welsh, as well as immigrant languages like Polish and Punjabi.
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Is it any surprise that the city of lurve (Louvre?) would also top global lists of cinematic exposure? If there’s one iconic landmark to steal the show, it would be the Eiffel Tower. But the Louvre, Moulin Rouge and Notre Dame Cathedral are all popular picture spots too.
The languages of France
The official language of France is, well, French. And you’ll probably need to brush up on your bonjours before you go. But you may also encounter other languages, including regional ones like Occitan and immigrant languages like English, German, Italian and Arabic.
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Dubai, most notably the Burj Khalifa.
Official language: Arabic
Singapore, especially the Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.
Official languages: Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, English
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Rome, especially the Trinità dei Monti, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum.
Official language: Italian
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Barcelona, especially Park Güell and La Sagrada Familia.
Official languages: Catalan and Spanish
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Istanbul, especially Kiz Kulesi
Official language: Turkish
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