The icons of the world’s most popular cities

Traveling to the icons of the world is a hobby enjoyed by many people. That is why, throughout the globe, there are important destinations that many people want to discover. The role of the urban icon in human psychology is about the relationship between visual icons, memory and dreaming of adventures. In English, we call this human phenomenon, wanderlust. The desire to travel.

All cities with history have a valuable icon that represents them. Statues, mountains, or large buildings become memorable icons of the city in which they exist. 

Visitors take home memories of their trip in the form of souvenirs such as magnets, t-shirts, hats, etc. These icons are what our collective memory recognizes as the symbol of that place. 

All you have to do is search for each of these cities on Instagram to see images of the icon associated with it. We challenge you to do it! At Flaticon we have prepared a tour through the most emblematic icons in the world, to inspire you as you create the content for your next project. 

Eiffel Tower – Paris

The Eiffel Tower is the most famous historical monument in Paris. The second is the Arc de Triomphe. This great construction, created as an architectural landmark, was part of the World’s Fair in 1889. The Eiffel Tower was the tallest tower in the world since the industrial revolution.

Big Ben – London

In a tourist sense, when someone mentions the Big Ben tower, it is understood that they are referring to the tower with the bell and the clock on top of the Palace of Westminster in London. The interesting thing is that Big Ben is named after the bell, not the tower itself. 

Statue of Liberty – New York

The Statue of Liberty in the United States is one of the most famous historical icons in the country. Its history dates back to the 19th century and today it is perceived as a symbol of emancipation and an image of the American dream.  In the past, during the great migration from Europe to the Americas, ships would arrive at Ellis Island, and their passengers would find the Statue of Liberty there, which was placed there to welcome them and inspire them in their new life. 

Mount Fuji – Tokyo

 Mount Fuji is an omnipresent hill in the city of Tokyo and its suburbs. The top of this dormant volcano can be seen from the windows of the Shinkansen train, the famous bullet train, both upon arriving in and leaving Tokyo. It is a symbol of Japanese culture.

Opera House – Sydney

The city of Sydney in Australia will always be immortalized by the visual profile of the Opera House overlooking the bay. Known for its organic architecture, the Opera House appears on all the magnets and postcards for remembering a trip to Sydney.

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Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro

Anyone who visits Río de Janeiro, in Brazil, climbs the hill in the jungle to see Christ the Redeemer. This white statue of Jesus with open arms looking out over the bay is the ubiquitous symbol of Rio. 

Colosseum – Rome

All history books contain an image of the semi-ruined Colosseum in Rome, an important symbol of the Roman Empire and the history of the modern world. As an icon, it holds a place among the classics of culture: the Tower of Pisa and the Parthenon in Athens. 

Marina Bay Sands – Singapore

The Marina Bay Sands hotel building in Singapore is one of the most recent urban icons. The three towers support a platform with a swimming pool that sways over the city. Travelers who like to visit big cities are huge fans of this icon.

Burj Khalifa – Dubai

The Burj Khalifa building continues to wear the crown among the tallest buildings in the world. Its linear profile that reaches the clouds is the icon of the city of Dubai. It was inaugurated in 2010, and so far, no other building has come even close to rivaling its position.

Taj Mahal – Agra

The Taj Mahal palace is memorable for its history and architectural form. Thousands of tourists visit this palace in India every year. The Taj Mahal beckons with its picturesque gardens and gorgeous views of white marble at sunrise.

Pyramids of Giza – Cairo

The pyramids of Giza are an icon of the city of Cairo and all of Egypt. They are representative of the ancient history of the area, from the time of the Pharaohs. For centuries, it has been a popular tourist destination.

The Parthenon – Athens

The history of the Greek Empire is long and full of memorable events. But if we visualize that culture with a single icon today, that would be the Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens. It is one of the most visited historical destinations in the entire world.

Use city icons to inspire wanderlust

 Visually embodied as digital illustrated icons, city icons are the perfect resource for marketing with a twist of wanderlust. With the ultimate goal being to make your audience want to pack their bags and travel. 

Get inspired and create a collage of top city icons for a mural, international travel brochure, or to tell a story about that place. Visualizing a place with icons unites people without the need for language, and that’s what makes them so much fun. How are you going to use these Flaticon travel icons?