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.

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

1. Barcelona


Image credits: Aldas Kirvaitis

2. Central Park, New York City


Image credits: Sergey Semenov

3. Maze at Longleat, England


Image credits: archive.4plebs.org

4. Mexico Citybirds-eye-view-aerial-photography-5

Image credits: Pablo Lopez Luz

5. Venice


Image credits: Yann Arthus Bertrand

6. Amsterdambirds-eye-view-aerial-photography-7

Image credits: unknown

7. Giza Pyramids, Egyptbirds-eye-view-aerial-photography-25

Image credits: satimagingcorp.com

8. Niagara Falls, U.S.A.birds-eye-view-aerial-photography-8

Image credits: thezooom.com

10. Chicago


Image credits:  Robert Elves

11. Tulip Fields, The Netherlands


Image credits: Normann Szkop

12. Bern


Image credits: imgur.com

13. Mangroves in New Caledoniabirds-eye-view-aerial-photography-13

Image credits: Yann Arthus Bertrand

14. Dubaibirds-eye-view-aerial-photography-3

Image credits: unknown

15. Dubrovnik


Image credits: Michaelphillipr

9. Namib Desert, Namibiabirds-eye-view-aerial-photography-9

Image credits: SysaWorld Roberto Moiola

16. Parisbirds-eye-view-aerial-photography-15

Image credits: imgur.com

17. Meskendir Valley, Turkey


Image credits: Beng Lieu Song

18. Shanghai


Image credits: imgur.com

19. Cape Town


Image credits: imgur.com

20. Moscow


Image credits: imgur.com

21. Athens


Image credits: imgur.com

22. Vancouverbirds-eye-view-aerial-photography-21

Image credits: Evan Leeson

23. Male, Maldivesbirds-eye-view-aerial-photography-22

Image credits:  Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg

24. Seattlebirds-eye-view-aerial-photography-23

Image credits: thatcherphotography.com

25. Vatican City


Image credits: Randy P

26. Bac Son Valley, Vietnam



Image credits: Hai Thinh

27. Marina Bay, Dubai


Image credits: airpano.com

28. Rio de Janeirobirds-eye-view-aerial-photography-28

Image credits: Antonello

29. Terraced Rice Fields, Chinabirds-eye-view-aerial-photography-29

Image credits: Thierry Bornier

30. A Lake in Pomerania, Polandbirds-eye-view-aerial-photography-30

Image credits: Kacper Kowalski

originally appeared on Bored Panda.