Know which country is home to the Taj Mahal, or Notre-Dame? Any idea where you'd have to travel to visit the Eiffel Tower or tour the Forbidden City? If you know the locations of the world's most famous landmarks, you might have what it takes to ace this quiz!
The world's most recognizable landmarks are so much more than the materials they are made from; more than massive natural formations, or buildings crafted from stone and mortar; more than soaring steel towers or museums housing irreplaceable works of art; and more than sites of political, religious or historical significance.
Instead, these beloved landmarks have become a symbol of so much more, from patriotism to culture to the very identity of the cities and countries in which they are located. That's why the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was not just an attack on these structures, but on all the things they stood for -- including New York City, the finance industry, capitalism and America itself.
This tightly intertwined sense of identity between famous landmarks and the local area also helps to explain why visitors to a city flock to its best-known sites, seeing it as the best way to immerse themselves in the destination. It helps to explain why 4 million people visit Ellis Island each year to take in one of America's most famous monuments, or why more than 15 million annual visitors enter through the once-guarded gates of the Forbidden City.
Think you can match the most famous landmarks in the world to the country where each is located? Prove it with this quiz!