The Most Photographed Places on Earth

Tanel Tammet, an ingenious Estonian computer scientist, is the mastermind behind this captivating cartographic creation. Drawing upon the bountiful resources of Panoramio, a now-defunct geo-located tagging and photo sharing mashup by Google, Tammet's map unveils a realm immersed in perplexity and burstiness.

While it's prudent to acknowledge the inherent bias of this map towards the demographic of erstwhile Panoramio enthusiasts, its virtues shine through, offering a tantalizing glimpse into the alluring domains where individuals seek to encapsulate the essence of fame, culture, visual grandeur, and sheer fascination.

Imbued with an electric aura, the map brims with a constellation of pins, each symbolizing a hotbed of photographic fervor. These pins pulsate at the core of the map, marking the veritable epicenters of visual indulgence, where throngs of shutterbugs have converged to capture the magic of their surroundings.

In a symphony of popularity, the top ten destinations on this mesmerizing map emerge as the undisputed titans of visual allure. Brace yourself for a whirlwind tour of the hottest hotspots that have ignited the imagination of photographers worldwide:

    1. New York – The bustling metropolis that never sleeps, a melting pot of diversity and towering skyscrapers.

    2. Rome/Vatican City – An eternal city steeped in history, where ancient ruins and Renaissance marvels coexist in perfect harmony.

    3. Barcelona – A vibrant tapestry of architectural marvels, sun-drenched beaches, and the pulsating rhythm of Catalan culture.

    4. Paris – The epitome of romance, adorned with iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.

    5. Istanbul – A majestic bridge between continents, boasting a rich tapestry of Byzantine and Ottoman legacies that permeate its streets.

    6. Venice – A floating masterpiece, a city where gondolas glide serenely through labyrinthine canals, revealing exquisite architectural treasures.

    7. Monaco/Monte Carlo – A playground of the rich and famous, exuding opulence and glamour amidst the azure waters of the French Riviera.

    8. Florence – A Renaissance jewel, brimming with awe-inspiring art, mesmerizing architecture, and the ineffable legacy of luminaries like Michelangelo.

    9. Buenos Aires – The enchanting capital of Argentina, where tango dances in the air, historic neighborhoods beckon, and the passion is palpable.

    10. Budapest – A mesmerizing fusion of East and West, where ornate thermal baths, grandiose palaces, and the Danube River weave a tale of grandeur.

Indulge your senses and explore this captivating cartographic marvel at, where a zoomable rendition awaits, ready to transport you to the pulsating heart of photographic enchantment.

In this world of visual wonders, Tanel Tammet's creation stands as a testament to the boundless allure of capturing the extraordinary moments that unfold around us. Embark on a journey of discovery, where perplexity and burstiness converge to paint a vivid tapestry of human fascination and the timeless pursuit of immortalizing our shared experiences.

You can find a zoomable version of the map at