84% of People Can't Identify These International Monuments from a Single Image. Can You?

By: J.P. Naomi
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Are you ready to take in some of the world's most breathtaking and historical sites? If you like history, if you like geography and if you like beauty, this quiz is just for you! Think you have what it takes to ace it?

Throughout the world, cities and countrysides are flowered with statues, buildings and other structures, all of which hold a meaning deep within history. We call them monuments. Each takes on its own form and serves to honor and remember notable historical figures. Whether as a temple, a rock formation, or a marble statue, each monument is special and meaningful to the country where it stands. If there's one thing for sure, cultures may vary, but people all over the world hold similar values when it comes to preserving history and honoring the impacts of our political, religious and social leaders.

Take the Great Buddha of Kamakura and the Christ The Redeemer statues, for example. Both religious icons - both larger than life - both visited by millions of people each year - yet they exist in opposite areas of the world, Japan and Brazil!

So are you ready to check out more of the world's monuments? Pack your bags, we're heading to India, France, Iceland, Mexico and beyond with this ultimate international monuments quiz!

The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in Agra, India. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower between 1887 - 1889.

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, two miles west of Amesbury. Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC.

Saint Basil's Cathedral is a church in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia. It was built from 1555 - 1561 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a freestanding bell tower in the Italian city of Pisa. It is the third-oldest structure in the city's Cathedral Square. By the way, the tilt was unintentional!

The Statue of Liberty is a copper statue which was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States. It was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel.

Borobudur is a 9th century Mahayana Buddhist temple in Central Java, Indonesia. It is the world's largest Buddhist temple and remains popular for pilgrimage by worshipers.

This statue weighs 635 metric tons! It is located at the peak of the Corcovado mountain overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Angkor Wat is translated in Khmer to "Capital Temple." It is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world!

Chichen Itza was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people of the Terminal Classic period! The archaeological site is located in Tinúm Municipality in the Yucatán State of Mexico.

The Colosseum is an oval amphitheater in the center of Rome, Italy. It was built between 70 - 80 AD and is the largest amphitheater ever built!

The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the gorge valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France. It is the tallest bridge in the world at 1,125 feet high!

The Sydney Opera House was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. The building was formally opened on October 20, 1973, and is visited by more than 1.2 million people each year.

Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Hohenschwangau, Germany. It was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner, German composer, theater director and conductor.

Kiyomizu-dera is a Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto and was founded in 778 by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site.

Saint Peter's Basilica is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome, Italy. It was completed in November of 1626 and dedicated to Saint Peter, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ.

The Lincoln Memorial is a national monument built to honor the 16th President of the United States. It is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from the Washington Monument. It is one of just a few monuments built to honor an American president!

Moai are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people on Easter Island in eastern Polynesia between 1250 and 1500. They were restored by Chilean archaeologist Claudio Cristino in the 1990s.

Al-Masjid al-Ḥarām is translated as the Great Mosque of Mecca. It is in Saudi Arabia. It is the largest mosque in the world and surrounds Islam's holiest place, the Kaaba. More than 900,000 worshipers travel here each year - that's outside of the 4 million who visit during the Hajj period!

Sri Harmandir Sahib translates to "the abode of God." It is the holiest place of worship and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism. It is located in Amritsar, India.

Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was constructed as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. It was founded in 1450 and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

Official residence and workplace of the President of the United States, the White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. Every president since John Adams has lived there.

Shwedagon Pagoda is a gilded stupa located in Yangon, Myanmar. What is a stupa, you ask? It is a mound-like hemispherical structure containing relics, usually the remains of Buddhist monks or nuns, and it is used as a place of meditation.

The Parthenon is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis in Greece. It is dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered to be their patron. It was constructed between 447 - 432 BC.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a two-acre national memorial in Washington, D.C. It honors service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought, died or went missing in the Vietnam War. It has more than 3.7 million visitors each year.

Newgrange is a prehistoric monument in County Meath, Ireland. It was built during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids!

Head to Kamakura, Japan, to visit Kotoku-in, the Jōdo-shū Buddhist temple. It is renowned for its "Great Buddha" statue and is one of the most famous icons of Japan!

Located in southern Jordan, Petra was originally known as Raqmu. It is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. It is described by UNESCO as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage".

The Palace of the Parliament is the seat of the Parliament of Romania. Located on Dealul Arsenalului in central Bucharest, it is the largest administrative building in the world! It cost 3 billion Euro to build and was completed in 1997.

Hagia Sophia was a Greek Orthodox Christian church and later an imperial mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. It now serves as a museum and the final resting place of Mustafa I, among others.

Mont Saint-Michel is one of France's most recognizable landmarks, visited by more than 3 million people each year. Did you know that Mont Saint-Michel served as the artistic inspiration for the Disney's 2010 film, "Tangled"?

Rio Grande del Norte serves as part of the natural border between the Texas and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas. It begins in south-central Colorado and flows all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial was built between 1939 and 1943 to honor one of the Founding Fathers of America and main writer of the Declaration of Independence. The memorial is visited by nearly 3 million people each year.

Tikal Temple is located in one of the largest cities and archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is believed to hold the tomb of Jasaw Chan K'awiil I who ruled the area from AD 682 - 734.

These pyramids are located on the Giza Plateau on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. The entire complex is the oldest of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World and the only one still in existence!

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The ruin of the hall serves as a memorial to the people who were killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. Did you know the clock was built more than 158 years ago?!

In 1983, the local government of Hamburg, Germany, held a design competition for a “Monument Against Fascism, War, and Violence – and for Peace and Human Rights.” The German artists who won, Jochen Gerz and Esther Shalev-Gerz, described their design as a Gegen-Denkmal––a counter-monument​!

Muzeon Park of Arts, or Fallen Monument Park, is located outside the Krymsky Val building in Moscow, Russia. It is the largest open-air sculpture museum in Russia and has more than 700 artworks on display!

The Artists' Tower of Protest is also known as the Peace Tower. It was a collaborative artwork spearheaded by artists Irving Petlin and Mark di Suvero. It was created in the winter of 1966 in Los Angeles to protest U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

The Choeung Ek is a Cambodian monument marked by a Buddhist stupa. It sits on the site of a former orchard and mass grave for the victims of the Khmer Rouge, killed between 1975 - 1979.

Salvation Mountain was created by the late Leonard Knight. It is located in the Colorado Desert, north of Calipatria near Slab City in Imperial County, California!

The Imagine Peace Tower was developed by Yoko Ono and is located in Reykjavik, Iceland. The monument is both a memorial to her late husband as well as his radical vision of peace.

Mount Rushmore is located near Keystone, South Dakota. Established in 1925, it features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of U.S. Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln.

The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands at the western end of the Champs-Élysées and is home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I, which lies beneath the Arc.

The Victory Column is a monument in Berlin, Germany, which was designed by Heinrich Strack in 1864 to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War. Berliners have given the statue the nickname, Goldelse.

Located in Odisha, India, Konark Sun Temple is also called Surya or Black Pagoda. It is a 13th century sun temple attributed to King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty of 1250.

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