Context is everything… especially when it drives an industry whose main objective is to benefit from increased profit.

I think we can all agree that the world holds a bounty of beauty and still has many mysteries to be explored, but changing times have diminished some of the wonder and mysticism which is often displayed in photographs of ancient wonders.

If pictures truly convey more value than words do, we wonder what our readers will think of these famous landmarks photographed in an “ideal” setting, then zoomed out showing their true surroundings.

Of course, not all of these photos reduce the landmarks’ grandeur. What do you think of these?

Pyramids, Cairo

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Credit: Imgur

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England

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Credit: Imgur

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

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Credit: Imgur

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

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Credit: Imgur

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

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Credit: Imgur

Niagara Falls

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Credit: Imgur

Acropolis, Athens

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Credit: Imgur

Mount Rushmore

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Credit: Imgur

Forbidden City, Beijing

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Credit: Imgur

Hollywood sign, California

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Credit: Imgur

Santorini, Greece

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Credit: Imgur

Mona Lisa, Louvre Museum, Paris

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Credit: Imgur

Central Park, New York

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Credit: Imgur

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

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Credit: Imgur

Little Mermaid Statue, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Credit: Imgur

Thanks to trueactivist.com for providing the images.