Famous landmarks are among the most photographed places on our planet. We’ve all seen photos of the gorgeous sunsets over Santorini or the majestic Stonehenge, but not many of these photos show the actual surroundings of these landmarks. We bet this collection of photos will forever change the way you see some of them.

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Every year, millions of people from all over the world flock to India to see the Taj Mahal. It is truly a beautiful sight, and you can definitely snap some amazing photos here…

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…unless you try to capture them from behind the palace.

Pyramids are one of the most beautiful structures on our planet, and they should definitely be on your bucket list. Some people imagine that you have to go through a long trek through the desert to get to the Pyramids, but this isn’t the case.

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Anyone who has been to Cairo will tell you that the Pyramids of Giza are just steps away from the city.

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Brandenburg gate is one of the most famous attractions in Berlin. It was built in the late 1700s, but it had to be restored after World War II was over. It definitely looks triumphant and glorious from this angle, but what about the other side?

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Not so impressive, right? No wonder that basically everyone opts to take their photos from the other side.

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Mount Rushmore, one of the most famous landmarks in the United States, features the large sculpted heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. They truly look majestic from this angle…

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…but from a distance, these sculptures don’t look so enormous, because of the gigantic mountains that they’re a part of.

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We’ve seen the iconic Hollywood sign many times in different movies and TV shows. People who have never been to Los Angeles probably think that this sign towers over the city…

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…but it’s definitely not as big as one might imagine, as seen on the photo above.

Santorini is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, as well as the number one choice for many couples, who pay premium to spend their honeymoon here. But, is the whole island this gorgeous?

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Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. The jagged and rugged cliffs below Santorini definitely contradict the gorgeous views from the city itself.

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Ah, the beautiful Mona Lisa painting… Pretty much every Paris visitor takes a trip to the Louvre to see Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece. Unless you’ve been to Paris, chances are that you have no idea what the room where the painting is displayed looks like…

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Yes, the painting is pretty small, and there are always hundreds of people trying to elbow their way to the painting.

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The Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen is a must-see if you’re visiting the Danish capital. If you’re talented, you’ll probably end up taking a beautiful photo like this one, but…

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…keep in mind that you’ll have to wait for your turn.

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Stonehenge is roughly the same age as the Pyramids of Giza, and while the mysterious monument is not as impressive as the one in Egypt, it definitely attracts a lot of tourists as well. In most photos, Stonehenge gives an appearance of being totally isolated from the rest of the world, but this isn’t the case.

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In reality, there are a few roads really close to the monument, as well as a parking lot.

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The Acropolis of Athens is easily the most famous citadel in Greece. A visit to Athens is not complete until you’ve visited the Parthenon, a beautiful temple dedicated to the goddess Athena.

And this is what the Parthenon and its surroundings look like from a different perspective.