Can You Identify These Popular Landmarks Covered in Snow?

By: Beth Hendricks

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About This Quiz

There's nothing like a good blanket of snowfall to make everything around you look fresh and new ... and, admittedly, a bit foreign. Have you ever tried to navigate the roads just after freshly fallen snow? You can't really make out the lane markings too well, can you? And, forget trying to give directions in blizzard-like conditions: Directional signs may be covered and landmarks may be somewhat concealed.

Landmarks ... oh yeah! That brings us to the gist of this quiz. If you're much of a traveler, some of the world's most popular landmarks are probably on your bucket list: The Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House or, even closer to home (for some of you), the Statue of Liberty or the Golden Gate Bridge. We usually can't help ourselves once we spy these objects of our affection; we take photos, we grab selfies and we share our adventures with friends and family on social media. Pictures are a snapshot of a moment in time, of a celebrated landmark or of a memory we don't want to forget.

So, it got our wheels turning: What if we mashed up snowy scenes and favorite landmarks? Could you still recognize some of the world's most popular sights if we blanketed them in snow? Can you spot Lady Liberty with a fresh dusting on her shoulders? What about a snow-covered Stonehenge? Test your snow-capped recollection of these famous landmarks around the world. Brr-ing it on!

This statue that stands in New York Harbor is one of the most recognizable landmarks on the planet. What is it?

The Statue of Liberty has been in place in New York Harbor since 1886, after it was reassembled from its 350-plus pieces. Today, she stands 305 feet tall as a symbol of freedom and hope for millions.

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A trip to the "City of Lights" wouldn't be complete without a stop by this landmark, which boasts 20,000 of its own light bulbs. Can you guess it?

Despite its profusion of lights, the Eiffel Tower is not the reason that Paris earned its "City of Lights" nickname. Rather, the name came from a movement in the 1600s to better equip the city with lanterns and improve residents' feelings about their safety.

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Sixty-foot-tall granite faces make up the landmark in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Do you know what it's called?

It's certainly one place on Earth where you can catch sight of a couple of presidents in larger-than-life fashion. Construction of Mount Rushmore began in 1927, but wasn't completed for nearly 15 years!

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An earthquake is primarily to blame for this misshapen Roman landmark. Which of these is it?

The Colosseum didn't always look the way you see it today. An earthquake in 1349 caused a portion of its wall to collapse. Other pieces were removed by people looking for "souvenirs" from their visit.

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This landmark shares part of its name with its orientation. What is this Italian structure?

The Leaning Tower of Pisa does indeed lean, somewhere around four degrees, thanks to a faulty foundation. The tower has been leaning since construction on it began in the 12th century.

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It's the world's longest landmark and, not surprisingly, took hundreds of years to build. Can you guess which it is?

Spanning 13,000 miles and several hundred years of construction, the Great Wall of China is the world's longest man-made landmark. Some people claim it can be seen from the moon, but high-tech equipment is required to make that a possibility.

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It's the bell inside this structure, not the structure itself, that carries this famous nickname. Can you guess it?

Many people make the mistake of presuming the tower that houses Big Ben is also known as Big Ben, but that's not true. The tower, previously known as Clock Tower, was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's tenure.

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This Greek landmark on a hilltop in Athens is home to one of its country's most famous buildings. What is the name of this structure?

Formally known as the Acropolis of Athens, this hilltop structure in Athens houses several structures that are both historically and architecturally important to the area. The Acropolis is nearly 2,500 years old.

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No one is quite sure how this landmark in Wiltshire, England, was constructed. What is this massive structure's name?

Standing in a circular pattern and made up of huge stones, Stonehenge is still a mystery to most historians. How were the rocks hoisted into position and why? We may never know, but this prehistoric monument is worth a look.

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Napoleon Bonaparte commissioned this structure, one of the world's largest triumphal arches. Can you guess its name?

Bonaparte commissioned this arch in celebration of his victory at Austerlitz. Unfortunately, the arch, located in Paris, France, was not finished prior to Bonaparte's death, so he never got to enjoy his grand idea.

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It's the most noteworthy building situated at the Athenian Acropolis, but do you know its name?

The Parthenon is a 45-foot-tall structure that sits at the Acropolis atop Athens, Greece. In its heyday, the Parthenon housed the city treasury and later went on to become a church.

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A large fire ravaged parts of this landmark in 2019, but reconstruction is already underway. Do you know which of these it is?

You likely saw images of the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris, which occurred in April 2019. Fans of the cathedral lamented the damage caused to the landmark, but renovation efforts are underway with hope for completion by 2024.

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You'll find this landmark in the Vatican City inside Rome. Which of these is it?

If you're traveling through Rome, you're going to want to make a stop at Vatican City to attempt a glimpse of the pope. Saint Peter's Basilica is so named because it sits atop the tomb of St. Peter, the church's first pope.

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Penny for your thoughts? This structure is on the U.S. penny and can be visited in-person in Washington, D.C. Can you guess it?

Not only is President Abraham Lincoln on the front of the penny, but the Lincoln Memorial built in his honor is on the back. You can visit the actual landmark on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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It's illegal to remove coins from this Roman fountain, so don't try it. Do you know its name?

Throwing coins into the Trevi Fountain is a rite of passage for people traveling through Rome, but don't go trying to fish them out. The coins are collected regularly and given to a local charity.

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This landmark's name translates literally to "fortress inside a city," and houses administrative buildings for the Russian government. Can you identify which one of this it is?

The Kremlin is actually a series of buildings, some of which are open to the public and others, like the president's home and administrative buildings, which are not. The Kremlin dates back to the 15th century.

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Spain's most-visited landmark is this reddish-hued palace in Granada. Do you know its name?

The Alhambra's reddish tint is due to the red clay used in its construction way back in the 1200s. It is considered Spain's most-visited tourist attraction, drawing three to four million visitors annually.

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Located in Normandy, France, at first glance this landmark appears to be a castle on an island. It has been both an abbey and a prison. What is its name?

More than three million people trek to this island off the coast of Normandy, France, which is home to roughly 50 people. Le Mont-Saint-Michel is known today as a commune.

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It's the most common landmark is the area known as Red Square in Moscow, Russia. What is it known as?

Renowned for its colorful design, St. Basil's Cathedral is actually now a museum and a well-known symbol for the entire country of Russia. The cathedral was built in the mid-1500s, thanks to the idea of Ivan the Terrible.

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This German castle is well-known as the inspiration behind Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. What is its name?

Walt Disney himself was said to have been inspired by Neuschwanstein Castle in the German Alps and designed the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland to mimic it. The real deal has been in place since construction began in 1869.

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Don't forget to "remember" this Texas landmark, the site of a 13-day siege. Can you name it?

"Remember the Alamo!" was a rallying cry most commonly attributed to Sam Houston during the Battle of the Alamo in the 1830s. Obviously, you recognize at least the "Houston" part of Sam Houston's name, right?

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The landmark in Jerusalem is also sometimes called the Wailing Wall. What is its true name?

The Western Wall is a retaining wall located in Jerusalem, Israel, and is the site of many visitors who arrive there to pray and leave notes in its cracks. The Western Wall is roughly 1,600 feet in total length.

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The sitting president of the United States calls this Washington, D.C., landmark home. What do we know it as?

It's the White House, of course! Every president since John Adams has lived in the White House. The only president to never call the White House home was the first — George Washington himself.

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We've discussed the president's residence in the United States. This is the equivalent for the royal family in the United Kingdom. What is it called?

The royal family (as least part of them circa 2020) calls Buckingham Palace home in the city of Westminster. There's a bit more room there these days, with Prince Harry and his new bride residing in North America.

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Named one of the Seven New Wonders of the World in 2007, this prehistoric city is carved into rock in Jordan. What is its name?

Petra is located in Jordan and historians believe it to be among the oldest cities in the world. In 2007, it joined other "New Wonders": The Taj Mahal, the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China and Christ the Redeemer.

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Santorini, Greece, is home to these colorful and photogenic structures. Can you guess which one we're talking about?

Maybe it's the blue in the Blue Domes of Oia or maybe it's the blue juxtaposed against the bright white, but this camera-ready community is one that tourists love to photograph and share with friends and family.

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From its perch along the River Thames, this observation wheel is known by which of these names?

Known as the London Eye, this giant Ferris wheel-shaped circle is an observation landmark for taking in views of the entire city. Built in 1998, the London Eye is the United Kingdom's most popular tourist stop.

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It might just be the most political wall ever built ... or torn down. Which of these is it?

The construction of the Berlin Wall occurred as a means to separate Berlin, ideologically and politically, for more than 30 years. The wall was demolished beginning in 1989, a symbol of a country finally coming together.

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Want to have a chat with Mona Lisa? Then, you'll have to travel to this locale. What is it?

The Louvre, or the Louvre Museum, is located in the heart of Paris, France, and is home to works like the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and da Vinci's The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne.

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The first "ball drop" took place in this New York City location in 1907. What do we know it as?

There are many "squares" around the world, but perhaps none is as well known as New York City's Times Square, the site of the annual ball drop on New Year's Eve. The ball drop has been a regular occurrence since the first one in 1907.

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