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The ten most photographed places in the world

Written by: Russell Wallace | Travel Insurance Expert
Last updated: 23 September 2022 | Created: 31 August 2022
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Holiday photos have been a vital part of the holiday experience for decades. They help us to relive the trip or share it with loved ones who weren’t there. Some places are so photogenic that they practically beg to be photographed. But what are the ten most photographed places in the world?

The photos we’ve included for New York, Rome, Barcelona and Venice, are photos taken by our customers for our world photography day completion.

New York City, USA

New York

Given how often New York appears in films and TV shows, it’s no surprise it’s so popular with photographers. The city is also home to some hugely iconic buildings, like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. However, the most photographed place in the city is the Guggenheim Museum, not one of the more well-known sites.

Rome, Italy


Rome was arguably the centre of the Western world for at least 2,000 years. Being home to the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel and the ruins of the Roman Forum, there’s no shortage of subjects for your photos. The most popular place, however, is the 260-year-old Trevi fountain.

Barcelona, Spain


The second largest city in Spain draws in plenty of would-be David Bailey’s. The town was either founded by Heracles or Hamilcar Barca, whose son Hannibal famously took elephants over the Alps to fight Rome. While there are many stunning buildings from the Middle ages to photograph, the favourite is the one-of-a-kind Basilica of La Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Paris, France


Long considered the most romantic city in the world, the ‘City of Lights’ has no shortage of amazing things to pose in front of. Standing head and shoulders against all over sites is, of course, the Eiffel tower. Drawing in over 2 million visitors annually, a trip to Paris is impossible without at least one snapshot of this engineering marvel.

Istanbul, Turkey


Istanbul has been a cultural mixing pot at the crossroads between Europe and Asia since 330AD. It is the only city in the world which has been the capital of four major empires. With so many different peoples calling the city home over the years, plenty of stunning photos are waiting to be taken. The most popular place to grab a picture is the 6th Century basilica, the Hagia Sophia.

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Few places in the world match the unique feeling of Venice. With canals and waterways replacing many roads, it’s a one-of-a-kind city to visit. Stunning renaissance architecture and beautiful festivals like the masked Venice Carnival provide ample opportunities for incredible snaps. The most photographed spot is Rialto Bridge spanning the Grand Canal.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires

The Argentine capital is often called the “Paris of South America”. The mix of modern European style and romanesque buildings makes it easy to see why this city offers a taste of Europe across the Atlantic. The most photographed monument in the town is the Obelisco, built in 1936 in honour of Buenos Aires turning 400 years old.

Budapest, Hungary


This beautiful city offers a plethora of subjects for your holiday pictures. Between the renaissance buildings, the 80 hot springs found in the city, and the famous Blue Danube, you could be spoilt for choice. Most visitors take at least one photo of the town’s famous Széchenyi Chain Bridge, which spans the mighty River Danube.

Prague, Czech Republic


The Czech capital is full of soaring gothic architecture, which makes for some stunning dramatic backdrops. There are also plenty of more modern sites to visit and photograph. The most popular spot is the Charles Bridge, originally built in 1357. A stone bridge across the River Vltava, the current bridge, was rebuilt in 1822.

Madrid, Spain


While the Spanish capital has been thoroughly modernised, they have made efforts to preserve many of the older neighbourhoods. Several date back to the 17th century and offer incredible opportunities for your snaps. The Plaza Mayor in the city’s centre is the most popular choice. Dating back to 1619, it’s an awe-inspiring sight.

Hopefully, this has encouraged you to take more photos and capture more memories of your trips. Whether you’re going somewhere popular or off the beaten track, don’t forget to grab as many pictures as possible.

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