• The Oberoi Amarvilas Agra
  • R‚sidence Charles Floquet
  • Great Wall Marathon, China
  • Firenze Rentals Corso 12
  • AthensWas Hotel

Lens on the landmark

Thailand May 15, 2017 12:00

By The Nation

To help travellers capture the perfect shot of the world’s best-known landmarks, travel website Booking.com has compiled a list of seven of the world’s most photogenic landmarks and suggests some of the best accommodation from which visitors can snap them day and night in all their magnificent glory.



Big Ben – London, UK

Situated on the banks of River Thames, the iconic clock tower of Big Ben is a British icon. Originally named the Clock Tower, the massive bell was completed in 1859 and is attached to the Palace of Westminster. Chiming every 15 minutes, the sound of the bell can be heard as far as the Tower Bridge on a quiet evening.

To snap this London’s historical landmark from your bedroom window, the best place to stay is the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London situated opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

Acropolis – Athens, Greece

The Greek capital of Athens is home to one of the world’s most iconic monuments, the Acropolis. Built between 447 and 438 BC, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Parthenon is the chief temple of the Acropolis and one of the most significant examples of the ancient Greek architecture.

Set opposite from the Acropolis, the AthensWas Hotel features spectacular views of the Parthenon. Its rooftop dining restaurant on the seventh floor is a great spot to enjoy foods and drinks while taking photos of the illuminated Acropolis by night.

Empire State Building, New York City, USA

If you are looking for a single image to capture the stunning New York City skyline, then the Observation Deck of the iconic 102-story Empire State Building on the Fifth Avenue is the place to be. The Art Deco skyscraper is one of the most photographed and recognisable landmarks in the world and has a fascinating history dating back to the start of the New York City Art Deco era.

Thanks to its close proximity to the Empire State Building, the Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue also offers guests a good view of the famous skyscraper without waiting for the long queues.

Eiffel Tower – Paris, France

Built by Gustave Eiffel, the French cultural icon is one of the most photographed and most visited structures in the world. Visitors can enjoy a stunning 360-degree view from the top deck, while after sunset the tower is illuminated and offers a spectacular light show of sparkles every hour on the hour. 

Set in a renovated, historic building, Residence Charles Floquet is a short 50 metres from the Eiffel Tower and guests can watch the glittering lights from their living room after the sun goes down.

Taj Mahal – Agra, India

Situated in the Indian city of Agra, the spectacular mausoleum of Taj Mahal is a symbol of devotion, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife. The stunning architectural masterpiece is among the Seven Wonders of the World and one of the world’s most photographed tourist attractions. 

Just 600 metres from the Taj Mahal, guests staying at the Oberoi Amarvilas Agra can enjoy traditional Indian specialities at the hotel’s restaurants or a glass of wine at the bar overlooking the imposing Taj Mahal.

Duomo – Florence, Italy

 Home to the iconic Duomo and many artistic masterpieces including Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture and Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus”, this well-known destination is a journey back in time. The Piazzale Michelangelo, a square with a panoramic view of the city located in the Oltrarno district, is the perfect spot to snap a photo of Florence’s breath-taking skyline, no matter what time of the day.

In the centre of Florence, and a short five-minute walk from the Piazza del Duomo, is the Firenze Rentals Corso 12. This beautiful property offers self-catered apartments with a balcony overlooking the magnificent Duomo.

Great Wall of China – Huairou, China

The Great Wall of China is the world’s longest wall offering an amazing route over steep mountains and deep valleys. The most popular and best preserved section of the wall is the Badaling Section.

A good place to stay is Flower Yard, a six-minute drive away from Mutianyu Great Wall and a 15-minute drive from Jiankou Great Wall. The property offers barbecue facilities, an on-site restaurant with grocery delivery available on request.