Aside from Kim Kardashian and the Beatles’ “Hello, Goodbye” EP, few things are better known for their backs than their fronts. And this is especially true for landmarks and tourist attractions, which visitors most often pay homage to from their most famous and photogenic vantage points.
That’s why we thought it would be fun to mix them up and find photos of some of the world’s most recognized sights taken from behind.
The Hollywood sign
Los Angeles, CA
Nothing epitomizes LA quite like the Hollywood sign that towers over the city – but instead of gawking like a basic tourist, soak up the filled with smog view it overlooks.
The Great Sphinx of Giza
The world’s oldest monumental statue (aka The Terrifying One, aka Father of Dread) has a famous noseless face, but also appears to have some lesser-known trash in the trunk.
Statue of Liberty
New York, NY
After welcoming millions of immigrants to New York with her stern face and bookish character, few realize that Lady Liberty is totally working on this update.
The little Mermaid
Despite its disappointingly small size, this 102-year-old statue – a gift from brewer Carl Jacobsen to the city – attracts a million visitors each year. In case you’re skeptical and/or haven’t even heard of the thing, take a look from behind – it’s a lot of tourists begging for a photo.
Christ the Redeemer
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
That’s probably how the Brazilian soccer team felt when they lost 7-1 to Germany in the 2014 World Cup (‘because he turned his back on them, got it?).
Great Pyramid of Giza
Usually photographed to look like mythical fortresses deep in the desert, few people realize that the pyramids actually graze Cairo. You can even see them from inside the room pizza hut.
Aguas Calientes, Peru
The ubiquitous view of this ancient Inca city, up close and backed by the rugged cliffs of Huayna Picchu, is so ingrained in our minds that seeing it from a different perspective is almost startling. Although it is true that it is probably more of a side view.
The Thinker from the front; Hulk seen from behind. Those glutes.
The Acropolis of Athens
Usually seen perched atop a cliff above Athens, this sight pretty much explains why the ancient Greeks chose to build a citadel there.
The Brandenburg Gate
Ok, so it kinda looks the same from the front as it does from the back. But, despite the opulent cobbled boulevard it faces, the rear is clearly aware of heavy traffic.
Statue of Lord Murugan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The 140ft tall statue of Hindu deity Lord Murugan (the second tallest in the world!) guards the Batu Caves and offers a pretty sick view of Kuala Lumpur from its perch.
The blue domed church
Usually seen flanked by striking white buildings, the scene from behind explains why the town of Oia is so precariously built into the side of a cliff.