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How Our World Would Look If You Were A Bird

Famous landmarks like the Arc Du Triumph, the Pyramids of Giza, and the Sagrada Familia have been photographed countless times by photographers from around the world, and they are recognizable to most, if not all, of us. But this collection of stunning aerial photographs gives us a bird’s-eye-view of these places, casting them in a totally new light.

Most of the pictures are of places or things that most of us could easily identify right away. The images illustrate just how much a change in perspective can alter. It’s also worth noting that a few of these sites, like the Pyramids of Giza and the hotels in Dubai, were designed with an aerial perspective in mind. The designs of certain Dubai hotels can only be appreciated fully from above, and some theorize that the Pyramids of Giza were meant to be aligned with the stars in Orion’s Belt.

Although taking photographs from a bird’s actual perspective is possible, most photographers prefer taking pictures like these from hot-air balloons, helicopters, gliders, or very tall structures. A few of the photographs also seem to be taken from altitudes that even birds couldn’t reach. None of this, however, detracts from their epic beauty.

For more great examples of aerial photography, check out these photographs by Kacper Kowalski and Klaus Leidorf. (via)

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Image credits: Judit Kovacs

1. Barcelona

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Image credits: Aldas Kirvaitis

2. Central Park, New York City

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Image credits: Sergey Semenov

3. Maze at Longleat, England

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Image credits: archive.4plebs.org

4. Mexico City

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Image credits: Pablo Lopez Luz

5. Venice

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Image credits: Yann Arthus Bertrand

6. Amsterdam

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Image credits: unknown

7. Giza Pyramids, Egypt

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Image credits: satimagingcorp.com

8. Niagara Falls, Canada

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Image credits: thezooom.com

10. Chicago

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Image credits:  Robert Elves

11. Tulip Fields, The Netherlands

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Image credits: Normann Szkop

12. Bern

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Image credits: imgur.com

13. Mangroves in New Caledonia

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Image credits: Yann Arthus Bertrand

14. Dubai

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Image credits: unknown

15. Dubrovnik

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Image credits: Michaelphillipr

9. Namib Desert, Namibia

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Image credits: SysaWorld Roberto Moiola

16. Paris

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Image credits: imgur.com

17. Meskendir Valley, Turkey

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Image credits: Beng Lieu Song

18. Shanghai

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Image credits: imgur.com

19. Cape Town

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Image credits: imgur.com

20. Moscow

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Image credits: imgur.com

21. Athens

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Image credits: imgur.com

22. Vancouver

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Image credits: Evan Leeson

23. Male, Maldives

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Image credits:  Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg

24. Seattle

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Image credits: thatcherphotography.com

25. Vatican City

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Image credits: Randy P

26. Bac Son Valley, Vietnam

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Image credits: Hai Thinh

27. Marina Bay, Dubai

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Image credits: airpano.com

28. Rio de Janeiro

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Image credits: Antonello

29. Terraced Rice Fields, China

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Image credits: Thierry Bornier

30. A Lake in Pomerania, Poland

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Image credits: Kacper Kowalski

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