They are the most famous attractions in the world, but the following photos show them as you have never seen them before.
From the back of popular statues like Christ the Redeemer to the bustling city right next to the pyramids of Giza, the new perspectives present a fresh take on the monuments we’re used to seeing head-on.
Forget the postcard clichés, here are the lesser-known sides of some of the most iconic attractions.
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The Statue of Liberty’s hair is neatly pinned back, but few see this side of the famous New York landmark
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty in New York has welcomed millions to the city and her dignified expression is recognized around the world.
However, many may not have seen her from behind and realized that her curly hair in the front was actually up in the back.
Tourists might struggle to see because from the ground, the back of his head is almost 300 feet high.
The Great Buddha of Kamakura
Even the most eye-catching monuments need a handy item, with window vents on the back of the Great Buddha of Kamakura to make it easier to dry.
The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha located on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple in Japan.
Even though the monument is aesthetically bewitching, there are windows in the back which serve a practical purpose.
The open sections allow the interior of the Buddha to dry out, to help keep it in pristine condition.
Great Sphinx of Giza
Show your face! From the back, the Great Sphinx of Giza is nothing out of the ordinary, despite its famous human-headed lion face
The Great Sphinx of Giza attracts millions of tourists to Egypt each year, with its face the subject of many travel photos.
However, from behind, the Sphinx looks like a block of rocks and is barely distinguishable.
Carved into the rock in front of the Pyramid of Khafre, the magnificent Sphinx represents the Pharaoh in the form of a lion with a human head, wearing the headdress of the Pharaohs.
The Hollywood Sign
Many stop to take photos with the famous Los Angeles sign overlooking the city
The Hollywood sign is one of the most photographed structures in Los Angeles – from the front.
Seen from the back, however, it doesn’t look so striking. But the view is amazing.
Many are often surprised to learn that it is illegal to approach the sign, which is located behind barriers and protected by security cameras and Park Rangers.
Forget sneaking around after dark as an officer from the Los Angeles Police Department is also posted at the sign 24/7.
The pyramids of Giza
Convenient location! An aerial view from behind the monuments of Giza shows how close the pyramids are to the bustling city
It’s easy to make it feel like a long camel ride through the desert to the pyramids of Egypt.
What some people don’t realize is that they are actually located just on the edge of El Giza.
In addition, a Pizza Hut is located a stone’s throw from the pyramids.
Christ the Redeemer
Need help ? Behind the blueprints of the Christ the Redeemer statue is a convenient escalator to take tourists up to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The statue of Christ the Redeemer oversees everything that happens in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
Tourists can also do this by going to the base of Jesus and looking at the city.
Luckily, pictures from behind show that there is a handy escalator to help weary tourists get to the top.
The Niagara falls
You can only appreciate the full wonder of Niagara Falls when you see an aerial view of the waters about to fall over the edge
Many recognize the crashing waters of Niagara Falls, located on the international border between Canada and the United States.
Aerial shots from behind offer a new perspective to the mighty waterfall, with surging waters flowing towards the giant fall.
Crowds can be seen gathering on the viewing area to the left of the mighty falls.
The golden statue of Lord Murugan
The back of a huge golden statue of Lord Murugan with a courtyard in the foreground and tourists seen from the Batu Caves entrance
The enormous golden statue of Lord Murugan is the second tallest statue of the deity in the world, behind the statue of Kailashnath Mahadev in Nepal.
The 140-foot-tall deity is said to protect the Batu Caves and offers incredible views of Kuala Lumpur from its location.
The Brandenburg Gate
Nothing to see here! From the back, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, looks quite unimpressive, were it not for the sight of the horse-drawn chariot
The four-horse chariot that sits atop the Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin’s most famous landmarks.
The view is much less impressive, however, with the winged goddess of peace facing the other side.
The neoclassical 18th century triumphal arch was originally part of a wall surrounding Berlin and served as the main entrance to the city.
Her Majesty’s View: The back of Buckingham Palace is less well known than its famous facade, which is used for many public appearances by the Royal Family
Thousands of people flock to catch a glimpse of the luxurious home of the royal family, with many public appearances taking place on the famous balcony.
However, only a lucky few see the house from the back, which is equally impressive.
One way in is at the Queen’s Garden Parties, which fill the back lawn.