In a colorful gradient of purples, reds, and yellows, the website Sightsmap reveals the most photographed places around the globe. Broad patches of purple coincide with a lesser amount of photographs, while smaller clusters of yellow reveal the locations where people can't seem to put their cameras down. Unsurprisingly, the densest areas of yellow are the world's most popular tourist spots − including New York City and cities across Europe such as Istanbul. Sightsmap is more than just a map of tourist destinations however; it also shows the close connection between architecture and what inspires people to take photos.
Sightsmap forms an aggregation of the most photographed buildings by integrating Google's Panoramio, which allows users to tag a location or attraction within their photo. And, predictably, the sights happen to be some of the world's most recognizable landmarks. New York City claimed the world's most photographed location, with Frank Lloyd Wright's spiraling Guggenheim Museum beating out the city's other famed structures like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Rome's Colosseum and the Renaissance church Trinità dei Monti helped push the Italian city into the second spot, while Barcelona came in third place with Antoni Gaudi's surreal Park Güell.
The map's ranking is not limited to destinations in the United States and Europe. By zooming in closer on any section of the world, Sightmaps will show the popular sites of any given area. The marble onion domes of the Taj Mahal ranked the famed mausoleum as India's most photographed building while the sailboat-inspired Burj Al Arab caught more photographers' eyes than any of Dubai's mushrooming mega-structures.
With the ability to scroll into any locale on Earth to see rankings, Sightsmap is sure to be both the architecture-enthusiast's and frequent traveler's next online addiction.