Most photographed places in the world are …

The Eiffel Tower isn’t the most popular place for pictures in Paris, nor is the Empire State Building the top photo destination in New York.

At least, that’s the case among users of Google’s geolocation-oriented photo-sharing website, Panoramio, according to, which has ranked 15,000 cities and their attractions according to photos tagged.

The result is a “heatmap” with bright areas indicating more photos.

New York tops the list as the most photographed — or the highest Panoramio-penetrated — city in the world.

Europe dominates the chart with eight places in the top 10.

Among them are three cities in Italy, including Rome, which ranked second.

Barcelona rounds out the top three cities, with Park Guell as its top attraction.

More photos are tagged of the Guggenheim Museum and the Tweed Courthouse than the Empire State Building in New York City, according to the poll. (Perhaps because the Empire State Building is a tougher picture to take?)

The Church of the Santissima Trinita dei Monti triumphs in Rome and the city’s favorite wishing pond, Trevi Fountain, follows.

Moulin Rouge is the most Panoramio-photographed attraction in Paris — the Eiffel Tower came fifth.

Istanbul, recently named the world’s top destination by TripAdvisor, was the fifth hottest city on — Kiz Kulesi (Maiden’s Tower) is the city’s top attraction.


10. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary has revealed the destinations tagged most often on Panoramio, a Google photo-sharing website. European cities dominate the list with Budapest ranking 10th.

9. Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

One of only two locations outside Europe, Buenos Aires made the top 10, with the Caminito street its most photo-tagged attraction.

8. Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) is beautiful, but it isn’t as Panoramio-popular as Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square).

7. Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco

The historic Hotel de Paris helps make Monte Carlo one of the most popular places on Google’s geolocation-oriented photo sharing site.

6. Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Ponte dell’Accademia (Academy Bridge) outranks St. Mark’s Basilica as the most-photo-tagged Venice location.

5. Istanbul


The most popular place for pics in Istanbul, the tower of Kiz Kulesi, sits on an islet on the Bosporus between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul.

4. Paris


The Eiffel Tower isn’t as popular as Moulin Rouge.

3. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell, one of Antoni Gaudi’s ingenius marvels, is tops in Barcelona.

2. Rome

RomeThe Church of Trinita dei Monti (in the background) is the most photographed attraction in Rome, according to

1. New York

New York

New York is the most tagged city and the Guggenheim Museum its most tagged attraction on Panoramio.


Budapest, Hungary