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Old June 19th, 2011, 11:55 AM   #1
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Most famous/well known cities?

I'm talking about cities with architectural landmarks that are known around the world. You just have to take one look at the building and you know exactly what city it comes from.

For me, I'd say

1. New York (Statue of Liberty)
2. Paris (Eiffel Tower)
3. London (Big Ben)
4. Rome (Colloseum)
5. Moscow (St. Basil's Cathedral)
6. Sydney (Sydney Opera House)
7. Beijing (Forbidden Palace)
8. San Francisco (Golden Gate Bridge)
9. Berlin (Brandenburg Gate)
10. Rio de Janeiro (Chris Statue)
11. Istanbul (Hagia Sofia)
12. Cairo/Giza (Pyramids)
13. Washington (White House)
14. Tokyo (Tokyo Tower)
15. Toronto (CN Tower)

Hopefully this is on topic. I don't really know where else to put it. Add your own suggestions!
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Old June 19th, 2011, 12:19 PM   #2
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For me:

1.Paris
2.New York
3.London
4.Rome
5.Prague
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Old June 19th, 2011, 12:23 PM   #3
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Something like

1. Rome
2. Paris
3. NYC
4. London
5. Sydney

In terms of memorable architecture.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 03:56 PM   #4
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1. New York (Empire State, Chrysler Building, Statue of Liberty, Grand Central, Rockerfella Centre)
2. Roma (Colosseo, Pantheon, Foro Romano)
3. Paris (Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame)
4. London (St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament)
5. Sydney (Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Queen Victoria Building)
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Old June 19th, 2011, 04:10 PM   #5
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I would rank it in order: NYC, Paris, Washington DC, London, Sydney, Rome, Toronto, Rio.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 04:23 PM   #6
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1. Paris, Rome, London, New York.

2. Chicago, Los Angeles, Moscou, Washington, Tokio, Las Vegas, Syndey, Venice.
3. Berlin, Florence, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Milano, Shangai, Pekin, Dubai.
4. Sao Paulo, Rio, Santiago, Toronto, Istambul.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 04:40 PM   #7
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NYC, London, Paris are the most known ones. Rome, Singapore, Tokyo, Moscow, Istanbul... are the following ones. Btw since recent times Dubai is very famous and well-known all over the world.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 05:37 PM   #8
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Don't let this one slide into city vs city.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 06:12 PM   #9
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For me:

London (Houses of Parliament, St Paul's, Tower Bridge, Gherkin etc)
Paris (arc de triomphe, Tour Eiffel)
NYC (Chrysler, Statue of Liberty, Empire state building)
Rome (Colosseum)
L.A. (Hollywood sign)
Athens (Acropolis)
Rio de Janeiro (Christ the Redeemer)
Dubai (Burj Khalifa, Burj al-Arab, Palm islands)
Sydney (Opera house)
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Old June 19th, 2011, 06:17 PM   #10
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For me in this order:

1. London
2. New York
3. Paris
-these three share very close to each other top spots-

4. Rome
5. Moscow
6. Berlin
7. Tokyo
8. Beijing
9. Rio de Janeiro
10. Sydney
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Old June 19th, 2011, 06:38 PM   #11
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London
New York
Paris
Washington
Rome


LA is also easily recognisable most often.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 10:12 PM   #12
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Well, as for Berlin, I can't image someone not knowing BB-Gate, Reichstag and Fernsehturm. So I would rank it in the top 5.

So clearly the most recognisable 8 cities for me in no order are
NY (well known for liberty statue, esb, chrysler bulding, ... to name few)
London (parliament, london eye, tower bridge and so on)
Paris (eiffeltower, la defense an the cityscape in general)
Berlin (reichstag, fernsehturm, brandenburg-gate, kaiser-wilhelm-memorial-church and so on)
Rome (colosseum, vaticane)
San Fransico (golden gate, cityscape in general)
Dubai (Burj Dubai is THE symbol here)
Hong Kong (very special cityscape and a lot of unique skyscrapers)



However, many cities of great significance are harder to recognise.
For example I think Warsaw can easily be mistaken as moscow and vice versa because the palace of culture and science looks much like one of the 7 sisters of moscow. Also both cities have a great amount of cheap commie-blocks. Of course both cities work strongly in gaining a more individualistic cityscape which is a good sign.

Tokyo is also quite hard to recognise (again: compared to the significance it has). On the first view it could be any big asian city anywhere in Japan, South-Korea, China or wherever. Same of course with most other asian citys of that region, exept very prominent ones like Hong Kong and Shanghai.

I also think many north american+australian cities look very much a like.
Of course most bigger cities have unique buildings, but few have outstanding ones. And almost all of these cities share the well known cityscape. Take Toronto and Chicago and delete the CN Tower and Willis Tower: I think a lot of people couldn't tell wich is wich.

Many south american cities are also of very similar cityscapes.

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Old June 19th, 2011, 10:34 PM   #13
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However, many cities of great significance are harder to recognise.
For example I think Warsaw can easily be mistaken as moscow and vice versa because the palace of culture and science looks much like one of the 7 sisters of moscow. Also both cities have a great amount of cheap commie-blocks. Of course both cities work strongly in gaining a more individualistic cityscape which is a good sign.
I guess some ignorant people might confuse any former Eastern Block city with Moscow, doesn't mean they are really that similar or it's only today that they start to look differently but I guess you have to have dome knowledge to notice the differences.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 11:22 PM   #14
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I guess some ignorant people might confuse any former Eastern Block city with Moscow, doesn't mean they are really that similar or it's only today that they start to look differently but I guess you have to have dome knowledge to notice the differences.
Exactly, we're talking here about internationally recognised places. Even from living in the UK, I still know that Big Ben is very recognisable. Of course if you live in Moscow or Berlin you'd be inclined to think they are recognisable as well, but actually I can't think of any major buildings in Berlin that are often seen here, eg when talking about Germany (I've heard of the Brandenberg gate and Reichstag but I don't really know what they look like). If there is some American stereotype reference, eg on the Simpsons, you can be pretty sure they will mention big ben with Britain, the eiffel tower with Paris, the Taj Mahal with India, etc, but the same cannot really be said for anything in Berlin with Germany.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 11:27 PM   #15
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I'd say it would be
1. NYC
2. London
3. Paris
4. Tokyo
5. Berlin
6. Rome
7. Washington
8. Los Angeles
9. Beijing
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Old June 19th, 2011, 11:33 PM   #16
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1) Coventry
2) Wakefield
3) Bradford
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Old June 19th, 2011, 11:35 PM   #17
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4) Leeds

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Old June 19th, 2011, 11:57 PM   #18
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Of course if you live in Moscow or Berlin you'd be inclined to think they are recognisable as well, but actually I can't think of any major buildings in Berlin that are often seen here, eg when talking about Germany (I've heard of the Brandenberg gate and Reichstag but I don't really know what they look like).
Really...?

Brandenburg Gate:
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/2608860...n/photostream/

Reichstag:
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5840481978/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/photoso...n/photostream/

Victory Column:
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/rugga76...n/photostream/

TV-Tower:
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/2638855...n/photostream/

Now you do know them!
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Old June 20th, 2011, 12:30 AM   #19
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To be honest, many people around the world would not recognise any of those buildings straight away.
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Old June 20th, 2011, 12:40 AM   #20
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Can't see any of those except the one with the tag 'Reichstag'. Which is a little confusing as I'm pretty sure the Reichstag is a large neoclassical stone building, not a large glass thing (although to be fair the only reason I know it is from playing Call of Duty World at War in which it gets destroyed, so it probably looks different now in which case it would be completely unrecognisable to me)
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