World Heritage sites
Stonehenge: A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky over Stonehenge in Salisbury Plain, southern England August 12, 2010. Picture taken using a long exposure. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
Rio de Janeiro: An aerial view of the famous Christ the Redeemer atop of Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, January 12, 2011. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos
Potala Palace: A Tibetan pilgrim prays in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa in Tibet Autonomous Region July 5, 2006. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV
Goree Island: A man is silhouetted in the "Door of No Return" at the House of Slaves museum on Goree Island near Senegal's capital Dakar, March 16, 2007. Millions of Africans were shipped from places like this and from the whitewashed fort in Elmina,...more
Red Square and the Kremlin: Russian fighter jets fly in formation over Red Square and the Kremlin during a military parade dress rehearsal in Moscow May 6, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov
Sydney Opera House: The building is reflected in a harbourside hotel window in The Rocks district of Sydney, May 7, 2014. Since it's completion in 1973, the iconic Australian landmark has attracted millions of visitors and in 2007 became a UNESCO...more
Wieliczka Salt Mine: Part of the salt sculpture The Last Supper is pictured at The Saint Kinga's Chapel in the Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow, southern Poland, December 15, 2011. According to the Supervisory Board of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the...more
Rila Monastery: A general view of the main church at the Rila Monastery, southwest from Sofia on June 18, 2003. Rila Monastery, the biggest Bulgarian monastery was founded in the l0th century by the Bulgarian monk St. John of Rila and was rebuilt in...more
Acropolis: A tourist stands in front of the Parthenon Temple at the archaeological site of the Acropolis Hill in Athens November 3, 2011. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
Sukhothai: A general view of a Buddha statue is seen at the Sukhothai historical park in Sukhothai September 17, 2009. Picture taken September 17, 2009. REUTERS/Ajay Kamalakaran
Sigiriya: Women leave Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin, in Matale District, east of Colombo, June 20, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds
Petra: A child walks in the amphitheatre which was first constructed by the Nabataeans in the early 1st century AD and refurbished by the Romans soon after their conquest in 106 AD, in the ancient city of Petra April 7, 2008. REUTERS/Erik de Castro
Timbuktu: A UN peacekeeper from Burkina Faso stands guard at the Djinguereber mosque, built in the 14th century, during a visit by a UN delegation on election day in Timbuktu, Mali, July 28, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
Jantar Mantar: Tourists visit Jantar Mantar, a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, in Jaipur, capital of India's desert state of Rajasthan January 12, 2009. The name Jantar Mantar is derived from instrument for formula on context...more
Luang Prabang: Tourists disembark from a slow boat to Luang Prabang as it stops at Pak Beng, Laos October 25, 2007. REUTERS/Tim Chong
Pyu ancient cities: A couple passes time at an ancient pagoda at the ancient city of Sri Ksetra, outside Pyay, Bago division, August 24, 2014. Sri Ksetra, an ancient Pyu city built over 2,000 years ago, has been included in the UNESCO world heritage...more
Ephesus: A woman walks in the ancient Ephesus ruins near Turkey's western coastal city of Izmir September 11, 2009. The ruins of Ephesus, one of the country's important archaeological sites of succession of great ancient civilizations, is a popular...more
The Alamo: Visitors walk at the entrance to the Alamo, the most-visited tourist site in the state, in San Antonio, Texas March 2, 2015. REUTERS/Lisa Maria Garza
Versailles Palace: The Chateau de Versailles is seen in an aerial view outside Paris July 14, 2011. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Imperial Palaces: Tourists inside the Forbidden City in Beijing August 23, 2008. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
The British royal family gather for the christening of Princess Charlotte at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate.
Tourists enjoy their holidays on the island of Santorini amid Greece's mushrooming financial crisis.
Parades and fireworks mark Independence Day.
Matt Stonie and Miki Sudo win at Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.