If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to view a city from a bird’s perspective, you can always fly in a helicopter or have a look through an airplane window. However, those options are expensive, and it’s unlikely you will get to see the city’s true beauty with all the pollution and clouds up in the air.
Below, we have compiled some of the most impressive aerial views of cities from around the world. From the mysterious monuments of Giza to the bustling Shanghai metropolis, you’ll be astounded by the various perspectives possible when you look from a bird’s-eye view.
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Dubai is the most densely populated city in the United Arab Emirates. It is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, and it is the 22nd most expensive city in the world. The city is known for its skyscrapers and is home to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.
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Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City is the country’s largest city and it is the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world. Many people do not know that the city was originally built on an island of Lake Texcoco in 1325 by the Aztecs.
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Located right on the banks of the River Nile, Giza is the third largest city in Egypt. The most famous location in Giza is the Giza Plateau, where some of the most exquisite monuments are found including the Great Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza.
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Sun City, USA
The design of the community’s streets consists mainly of circles. It was opened in 1960 and it has been popular with snowbirds.
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Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain, and it is the sixth-most populous urban area in the European Union. Many of Barcelona’s most famous attractions such as the Casa Batlló and La Predrera were designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí.
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Situated on the Seine River, Paris is the capital city of France. The city is known for its haute cuisine and couture as well as iconic buildings like the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe.
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New York City, USA
Home to some of the most iconic places in the world, like Central Park and Times Square, New York City is the most heavily populated city in the United States. Some sources have ranked New York as the most photographed city in the world.
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The city is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon, between the mouths of the Po and Piave Rivers. Venice is famous for its beautiful setting, artworks and architecture. The whole city is listed as a World Heritage Site.
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Cape Town, South Africa
It is the second most populous city in South Africa. Cape Town is famous for its harbor and its landmarks, Table Mountain and Cape Point. The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design named Cape Town the World Design Capital for 2014.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
It is the capital city of the Netherlands and is home to numerous famous attractions such as the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, and its red-light district.
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Shanghai is a popular tourist destination and is the largest Chinese city by population. It is known for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden.
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This Croatian city is on the Adriatic Sea and is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. It is one of the most outstanding tourist destinations in the Mediterranean.
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Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities, with much of its history ranging back to 3400 years ago. The city is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the Daphni Monastery.
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This coastal seaport city is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada. The city has constantly been named as one of the top five most livable places in the world.
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It is the capital city of the Maldives, where less than a third of the population lives. It is the fifth most populated island in the world.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro (which means January River) is the second largest city in Brazil. It is one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere and is home to the famous giant statue of Christ the Redeemer.
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Bern is the fourth most populated city in Switzerland, and its official language is German. The countryside around Bern was molded by glaciers during the most recent Ice Age.
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The city is located on the Atlantic coast of Florida. Miami is the second largest Spanish-speaking majority in the country and is nicknamed the ‘Capital of Latin America’.
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This city-state is the second smallest and the most densely populated country in the world. Monaco’s only natural resource is fishing, as almost the entire country is an urban area.
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Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States and is located on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan. The best-known nicknames for Chicago are the ‘Windy City’ and ‘Second City’.
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Passau is also known as ‘City of Three Rivers’. It is a town in Lower Bavaria, Germany.
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
It is the capital of the Makkah Province in Saudi Arabia. It is also home to the Kaaba, described as Islam’s holiest site.
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It is the smallest internationally-recognized independent state in the world by area and population. Vatican City is ruled by the Bishop of Rome – the Pope.
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Moscow is the capital city of Russia and is the second most populated city in Europe. The city has the largest number of billionaire residents in the world.
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The capital city of Japan is the most overpopulated metropolitan area in the world. Tokyo was named the third most expensive city for expatriates in 2013.
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