The “Top 25 List” is a selection of Photographs that have been selected by visitors to the site that stated they really liked a particular picture and suggested to me to add it to the “Top 25 List”. All of the photographs displayed in the “Travel/Landscape Galleries” are historical and/or iconic pictures of places in the United States and other areas of the world. As mentioned by many, the “Top 25 List” photographs really emulate all of the other pictures throughout the website!
The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and is located on the right bank of the Seine River. The museum houses approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century. This picture was taken after a major rain storm with the sun striking the buildings at sunset.
The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel and was completed in 1889. It is the most-visited paid monument in the world.
The Village of Eza is perched on rock 1,400 feet above sea level. This picture was taken off-the-beaten-path in Eza. The village surrounds the ruins of a 12th-century castle between Nice and Monaco. The village dates back to the middle ages.
The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is the ceremony where The Queen’s Guard hands over the responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St. James Place to the New Guard. Precision drill and bands playing stirring music all combine to make the Changing of the Guard one of London’s most popular attractions that epitomises the pomp and military ceremony for which Britain is famous.
The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and attains a depth of over 6,093 feet. Soaring above all of this splendor is one of the rarest birds. . . the California Condor. The Condor was almost extinct with about 22 birds in the wild, until a captive breeding program began in 1983. There are about 400 Condors now living in the Grand Canyon. The condor in the below picture flew over-head at about 30-40 mph with an approximate 9.5 foot wing span, heading into the canyon from the edge of the rim! It’s the largest bird in America.
The Naples Pier is located on the Gulf of Mexico at the West end of 12th Avenue South. Originally, it was built in 1888 as a freight and passenger dock. A fire in 1922 razed the pier. The Pier was rebuilt after Hurricane destruction in 1910, 1926, and 1960. Other hurricane damage has occurred over the years, but the public has come to its rescue each time with special funding for its repair. The Naples Pier remains a public symbol of the area’s history.
Key West is an island and city in the Straits of Florida in North America. Key West is the southernmost city in the contiguous United States and is 90 miles north of Cuba at their closest point. The island is 4 miles long and 1 mile wide with a population of 26,990. Its nickname is “The Conch Republic”. During its entire existence, Key West has never recorded a frost or a freeze!
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a bell tower that stands 183.3 feet tall on the low side and 185.93 feet on the high side. The 7 bells represent the 7 bottom floors along with one bell to represent each note of the upper musical scale. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is known for its four-degree lean, which is the result of an unstable foundation. The tower has 296 or 294 steps, as the 7th floor has two fewer steps on the north-facing staircase. This picture shows The Leaning Tower of Pisa located in the city’s Cathedral Square. The Leaning Tower of Pisa was completed in 1372, after having a Groundbreaking in 1173.
Burano is an island in the Venetian Lagoon in northern Italy known for its lace work and brightly colored homes. If someone wishes to paint their home, one must send a request to the government, who will respond by making notice of the certain colors permitted for that lot. Their primary economy is tourism. The island was settled by the Romans and in the 6th century it was occupied by the people from Altino.
Venice is a city in northern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated on a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges. As of 2018, it has a population of 260,897. Venice is highlighted by the Pazza San Marco, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge, Gondola’s, and the Grand Canal, etc. Its history goes back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance era and its location was also a staging area for the Crusades.
The Colesseum is an oval amphitheater in the center of Rome. It was built of travertine limestone, tuff, and brick-faced concrete in 80 AD and held 50,000+ spectators. It was used for gladiatorial contests, public spectacles, mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, and dramas based on Classical mythology. In 2018, it was the most popular tourist attraction in the world, with 7.4 million visitors.
The Vatican is an independent city-state enclaved with Rome, Italy. The Lateran Treaty in 1929 between the Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See gives “full ownership, exclusive dominion, and sovereign authority and jurisdiction” to the Holy See. The Vatican properties has a storied history that goes back to 311 AD.
Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the American Southwest, on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. It includes two separate canyon sections, referred to as Upper Antelope Canyon (or The Crack), and Lower Antelope Canyon (or The Corkscrew). Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone due to flash flooding and other sub-aerial processes. A flood occurred October 30, 2006 that lasted 36 hours, and caused the Tribal Park Authorities to close the Lower Antelope Canyon for five months. Rainwater during the monsoon season runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways.
Bryce Canyon National Park is an American national park located in southwestern Utah. Its major feature is that it is a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos that are formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The rim at Bryce Canyon varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet.
Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, is a large canyon approximately ten miles long and up to 3,000 feet deep and is located on the western side of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands of the United States. The canyon was formed by a deep incision of the Waimea River arising from the extreme rainfall on the island’s central peak, Mount Waialeale, which is among the wettest places on earth.
The Grand Canyon “West Rim” Skywalk is a horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge with a steel frame, a glass floor with glass sides, that projects 70 feet from the canyon rim at Eagle Point in Peach Springs, Arizona. The Skywalk is located on Hualapai tribal land. The elevation at the Skywalk’s location is 4,770 feet and the elevation of the Colorado River in the base of the canyon is 1,160 feet.
The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and attains a depth of over 6,093 feet. The park’s central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, which is often considered one of the Wonders of the World. The primary public areas of the park are the South Rim and the North Rim. The South Rim accounts for 90% of the park’s visitation. There are many areas on the South Rim side that are identified as viewing points and great for capturing pictures.
The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor in New York. The copper statue was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States. It was designed by Frederic Bartholdi and its metal framework was built by Gustave Eiffel. The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886. The height of the copper statue is 151 feet 1 inch, and from the ground level to the torch is 305 feet, 1 inch.
The White Pass and Yukon Route is a Canadian and U.S. Class II 3 ft narrow-gauge railroad linking the port of Skagway, Alaska, with Whitehorse, the capital of Yukon. It is an isolated system, it has no direct connection to any other railroad. Equipment, freight and passengers are ferried by ship through the Port of Skagway, and via road through a few of the stops along its route.
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 feet above the valley floor. It is located on the Arizona-Utah border, near the four corners. The valley lies within the territory of the Navajo Nation Reservation. Gallery 38 shows pictures of Monument Valley, West Mitten Butte, East Mitten Butte, Merrick Butte, and other sandstone buttes that made Monument Valley a feature in many forms of media since the 1930’s. Director John Ford used this location to “define what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West”.
Basilica de la Sagrada Familia – The Passion Facade: Carved with harsh straight lines to resemble the bones of a skeleton. The facade was intended to portray “the sins of man”. The Passion Facade is the most popular tourist facade of Sagrada Familia’s current facades; Nativity Facade, Passion Facade, and the Glory Facade. More facades are in Gaudi’s plans for construction.
The Buen Retiro Park is one of the largest parks in the city of Madrid. The park belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the 19th century, when it became a public park.
The Alcazar’s of Toledo in Spain, originally built in 1085, is a square fortified building with four imposing towers sitting high atop a hill overlooking the city. It dates back to the 3rd century and had been restored several times over the years.
The Roman Bridge of Cordoba is a bridge in the Historic center of Cordoba, originally built in the early 1st century BC, though it has been reconstructed at various times. Most of the present structure dates from the Moorish reconstruction in the 8th century.
Malaga’s Roman Theater is one of the remaining symbols of Roman Hispania in the city. It was discovered in 1951, it lay half-hidden for many years by the Casade la Cultura building, built between 1940 to 1942 and renovated in the 1960’s. It was during these renovations when the first signs of the Theater were discovered. They demolished the Casade la Cultura building to uncover and properly assess the Roman Theater in 1992. The remnants of the Roman theater date back to the 1st century BC.