A unique map has been released online showing which monuments from around the world have been searched for most frequently in the last 5 years. Based on it, conclusions can be drawn about which tourist attractions are the most popular. See.
When you think about the most popular tourist attractions, the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum and the Acropolis certainly come to mind. But have you wondered which of such monuments are most often searched for on the Internet?
Based on 5 years of data on Wikipedia page views, a special map was prepared that shows the most popular monuments in the world. The list included the Statue of Liberty, Stonehenge and Niagara Falls. However, they are not the only ones that lead Internet users’ searches.
The most popular monuments in the world
The map was prepared in such a way that the names of the countries were supplemented with the landmark that is most often viewed on Wikipedia.
As you probably guessed, the most popular monument in Great Britain is the archaeological site of Stonehenge – it has 13.5 million views on Wikipedia. In turn, in the USA, number one is the Statue of Liberty with 19.8 million views. Which attractive places “win” in other countries?
The most popular attractions around the world include 32 cultural and historical sites, 32 parks and reserves, 26 ancient ruins, 20 mountains and volcanoes, 17 reservoirs, 15 religious buildings, 9 islands, 7 objects of modern architecture and two deserts.
The results of the study, conducted by insurance company AllClear, were also used to produce a series of regional maps showing the most popular monuments on each continent.
Monuments divided into continents
As part of the study, a list of over 4,300 monuments from all countries in the world was compiled. In Europe, the Eiffel Tower in France takes the top spot – it has 17 million views. Next comes the Colosseum in Italy – 12 million views and the Sagrada Familia in Spain – 11 million. The Acropolis in Greece has 4.8 million views and the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland has 1.9 million views.
In North and Central America, the Statue of Liberty takes first place, with over 19 million views. Later we will find Niagara Falls with 8.7 million views, as well as the Mayan pyramid of Chichen Itza in Mexico – 6.9 million views.
Several national parks also dominate here – Los Haitises National Park in the Dominican Republic (98,000 views), Cocos Island National Park in Costa Rica (833,000 views) and Masaya Volcano National Park in Nicaragua (212,000 views).
South America is dominated by Machu Picchu in Peru with 14 million views, and Christ the Redeemer in Brazil with 6.8 million views. Internet users are also looking for the Lost City, i.e. “Ciudad Perdida” in Colombia (720,000 views).
Waterfalls are some of the most popular destinations on the continent – in Venezuela it is Angel Falls, known as the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall at 979 m high with 2.3 million views, while in Argentina it is Iguazu Falls (2.9 million views).
Let’s move to Australia and Oceania. The Great Barrier Reef dominates in Australia with 5 million views. On the podium in New Zealand is Milford Sound (649,000 views), in Fiji it is the Mamanuca Islands (448,000 views), and in Micronesia – the archaeological site of Nan Madol (1.3 million views).
As for Asia, the Taj Mahal triumphs in India – 28 million views, in Nepal, Mount Everest – 22 million views, and in Cambodia, Angkor Wat – 9 million views. In China, the Great Wall of China reigns supreme, with 17 million views.
In the Middle East, tourists are looking for the Burj Khalifa skyscraper – it has 23 million views. However, Socotra, which belongs to Yemen and is known for its otherworldly dragon trees, has as many as 2.8 million views.
In hot Africa, travelers search for Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa – it is located in South Africa and has 1.6 million views. Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe has had as many as 3.4 million views, but Kilimanjaro is unrivaled. “The Roof of Africa” has garnered as many as 7.5 million searches.