The site makes use of an algorithm that takes into account the quantity and quality of reviews posted over the past year and then establishes the Top 25.
“The Travelers’ Choice Landmarks highlight some of the world’s most iconic, must-see attractions that have won over the TripAdvisor community,” Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor said in a statement. “Travellers can experience colourful history and culture at these award-winning sights.”
The results of this year’s survey are not altogether surprising, with the top 3 spots occupied by the ever so popular Taj Mahal in India, Machu Picchu in Peru and in top position, Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Other notable results of the survey is the Eiffel Tower got ranked outside the top 10, the presence of a historic prison, eleven religious buildings/monuments made it to the list, the United States boasts the highest number (4) on the list and surprisingly, no single landmark on the African continent made it to the list.
The top 10 landmarks are pictorially captured below:
10. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, US
9. Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
8. Alcatraz, San Francisco, US
7. Milan Cathedral, Milan, Italy
6. St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Italy
5. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
4. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, Abu Dhabi, UAE
3. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
2. Machu Picchu, Peru
1. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
The other 15 landmarks that made it to the exclusive list are:
Eiffel Tower – The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It was named after the engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
Church of The Savior on Blood – The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg, Russia. Other names include the Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ.
Notre Dame Cathedral – Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is a historic Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France.
The Alhambra – Alhambra, the complete form of which was Calat Alhamra, is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain.
Hagia Sophia – Hagia Sophia is a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey.
Charles Bridge – The Charles Bridge is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century.
Great Wall At Mutianyu – Mutianyu is a section of the Great Wall of China located in Huairou County 70 km northeast of central Beijing. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is connected with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi in the east.
Lincoln Memorial – The Lincoln Memorial is an American national monument built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from the Washington Monument.
Burj Khalifa – Burj Khalifa, known as Burj Dubai before its inauguration, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the tallest man-made structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m.
The National September 11 Memorial – The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the principal memorial and museum, respectively, commemorating the September 11 attacks of 2001 and the World Trade Center bombing of 1993.
Wat Pho – Wat Pho is a Buddhist temple in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, Thailand. It is located in the Rattanakosin district directly adjacent to the Grand Palace.
Chichen Itza – Chichen Itza was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people of the Terminal Classic period. The archaeological site is located in the municipality of Tinum, in the Mexican state of Yucatán.
Sydney Opera House – The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Petronas Twin Towers – The Petronas Towers, also known as the Petronas Twin Towers, are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Panama Canal – The Panama Canal is a 77.1 kilometre ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade.
There you have it, all top 25 landmarks in the World for 2015 as rated by Travelers and computed by Tripadvisor. If you feel there is any landmark that should have been listed or any landmark(s) that shouldn’t have made the list, do let us know by engaging us in the comment section.