97% of people can't guess these important world landmarks by just one image! Can you?

By: Emily Hough
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Calling all world travelers and bookworms! This quiz contains some of the most significant monuments from all over the world. But 97% of people can't guess the monument based off a single image. Can you? Test your knowledge and then challenge your friends with this quiz!

Some say the Taj Mahal is a memorial of love since it was built following the death of Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Shah Jahan, ruler of most of northern India. Legends say the architect's hands were cut off to prevent him from reproducing any structure in its likeness. Taj Mahal means "crown palace."

In Greek mythology, the "sphinx" is a creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. It is carved out of one single piece of limestone.

The Athenian Acropolis served varying religions during its years, including Christianity, Muslim, and honoring the Greek goddess Athena, The Parthenon took over two years of planning and was set to begin construction during the Panathenaic festival in 447 BC.

Edouard de Laboulaye was a political Frenchman who admired the democracy of the U.S. His motivation for suggesting a monument as a gift to the U.S. to celebrate the perseverance in freedom, was the hope that the French would pull away from the monarchy system and be inspired to create their own democracy.

Though Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel is most often credited with the design of the tower, it was actually a concept from his employee, Maurice Koechlin. The tower made its debut at the 1889 World's Fair in Paris.

The Great Wall is made almost entirely of earth and stone. Construction on the wall first started in 221 B.C. and modifications continued through 1474, before it took its final form as we see it today. Many of the workers who died building the wall are buried in it.

Kinderijk's oldest windmill was built in 1521. Most windmills are still operational. Tourists can tour the windmills and view their lights at night during the second week of September.

Believed to have Neolithic architects, the most commonly accepted theory about the purpose for Stonehenge is that it served as a burial ground. The first Duke of Buckingham, George Villiers, sought treasure in the middle of the circle. He didn't find any.

Big Ben survived a bombing attack during WWII. The name originally referred to just the bell, but later came to reference the clock in the tower as well. The bell received a crack just two months into its life, and the hammer was replaced three years later. The crack has never been fixed.

Neushwanstein Castle was the inspiration for Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom. Even though it is built in a medieval style, it was assembled with all the modern technology of the day (late 1800s), including flushing toilets. Construction was never completely finished.

This loch in Scotland was made famous by the lore handed down for generation of a giant sea creature with a long neck and flippers living in the waters. Some of these stories go back as far as 1,500 years, though the more modern version of the legend started in 1934, with the famous photo of the neck and head of the beast sticking out of the water. The photographer was said to be a credible source, but years later, the photo was disputed as a fake.

When you visit Easter Island, giant stone busts -- known as the Moai -- will greet you. No one knows for sure exactly why they were constructed. The island's economy today relies heavily on tourism.

Translated to "Christ the Redeemer," the original design has Christ holding a cross in one hand and the world in the other. With collaboration between the two designers, Paul Lindowski and Silva Costa, the final product shows Christ with his arms outstretched and palms open.

Capitol Hill serves as the meeting place for Congress. George Washington laid the first cornerstone in 1793. The monument has had many additions and extensions since then; including the Library of Congress.

One of the twin spiral staircases in the building has two extra steps to compensate for the lean. It contains seven bells, all halted for fear they will contribute to more leaning. The largest bell is over 8,000 pounds.

Machu Picchu was abandoned by its inhabitants, the Incas, when the Spanish invaded in the 16th century. The location was not known to the public until 1911.

The mosque can hold more than 4,000 people at once and is the largest mosque in Jerusalem. A stone behind the pulpit is said to hold Jesus' footprint.

Niagara Falls serves as a popular spot for daredevils seeking their thrills going over the falls in barrels and such, 15 since 1901. The complex consists of three waterfalls: The American Falls and Bridal Falls (US), and Horseshoe Falls (Canada).

Angkor Wat contains a complex water system with dykes, reservoirs, canals and basins. It is important to the area's history containing art and other cultural aspects from the Khmer Empire, evidence of an advanced, strict social order.

Sitting on the border of Transylvania, Bran Castle was the inspiration for the setting in Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula." The castle took 11 years to build, with the initial construction document drafted in 1377 by the Hungarian King Louis the Great.

Manneke Pis translates to "little man pee" and in its early years was used to distribute water to the people of the city. The little boy is dressed up to mark special events and occaasions.

Everest may be considered the highest mountain from sea level, but the tallest mountain from base to summit belongs to Mauna Kea. Most people who die climbing the mountain are usually left behind, as the cold temperatures preserve the corpses and it is often too dangerous to try to bring them down. In 1996, eight people died in a storm climbing Everest, the event was written about by Jon Krakauer in his book "Into Thin Air."

Some believe Santorini to be the lost city of Atlantis. Approximately 1500 BC, the islands combined after a Volcano erupted, forming the circle that it is today. At the center of it all is the Orthodox Cathedral, founded in the 19th Century.

Up to two million people travel to Mecca every year in what they call their hajj or pilgrimage. The city and mosque are only open to those actively practicing the Islamic faith.

Construction began in 1506 with Julius II. The design was a Greek Cross designed by Donato Bramante. Construction leadership was handed down through a number of people, and the design was eventually modified to a Latin cross, but changed back to Bramante's design in 1527, before changing again to the Latin cross.

The Abbey served as a prison during the days of the French Revolution. It was built over crypts in the 11th century.

With construction starting in 1929, $250,000 was the budget to begin sculpting. Approximately 400 workers blasted away over 450,000 tons of rock using the most advanced methods.

Known as the largest waterfall in the world, the highest recorded flow was over 700,000 cubic meters of water in a single minute in 1958. The water falls 100 meters. The falls are a midway point of the Zambezi River.

The Grand Canyon gained National Park status in 1919 and today welcomes more than 5 million visitors every year. The canyon is a mile deep, 270 miles long, 18 miles wide, and spans over an area of over 1 million acres.

Aushwitz was the biggest Nazi concentration camp with an estimated more than one million people dying while imprisoned there. In 1944, a group of Jewish boys were killed for staging a revolt on the guards while carrying out their work removing corpses from the crematorium.

This particular depiction of Buddha is one of the most popular, standing at 13.35 meters high and weighing 93 tons. It was cast in 1252.

The Neptune Fountain was built sometime between 1679 and 1681. The palace originally served as a residency for Louis XII during his hunting season.

Ownership of the rock was held by Australia's government until 1985, when it was given back to the Indigenous Anangu, as ong as they agreed to lease it to Australia National Parks and Wildlife. Uluru is one large sandstone.

The cape is known for frequent and fierce storms. It is where the warm current of the Indian Ocean and the cold waters from the Antarctic meet.

The fountain was commissioned in 1412 and completed in 1570. The orientation was later changed so that one may see the fountain from the Papal Palace.

This crater is the highest point in Aukland. There is visible evidence today of the people who once inhabited the land, the Maori.

Petra served at a setting for the Indiana Jones film. Even though the movie shows a great maze of treasures, Petra is simply a facade for a hall that probably served as a tomb. The city is now an Archeological Park.

The mermaid's look is a combination of the sculptor Edward Eriksen's wife (body) and a prima ballerina (head). She has been posed on the rock since 1913.

Construction on this building has been ongoing for over 130 years and is slated to be completed by 2026, though it probably won't be finished until 2040. By comparison, the Great Pyramid of Egypt only took 20 years to build.

It is said to be the northernmost point of Europe, though another point nearby actually extends farther. Site of the 1943 Battle of North Cape.

American Presidents JFK, Ronald Raegan, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama all gave speeches at this gate, just a few steps from the former Berlin Wall.

The Chichen Itza is a blend of the Mayan and Toltec cultural styles. The site is open to the public 365 days a year and takes in an average of 3,500 visitors a day, 8,000 per day in peak season.

The carefully piled rocks serve as a form of communication. Each structure functions as a human would, displaying emotions, showing direction, or simply passing along information.

The structure had to be rebuilt and remodeled numerous times after it suffered two fires, an earthquake, multiple collapses, and looting during the Crusades. The building today serves as a museum.

The Burj opened in 2010 as the tallest building in the world at 2,717 feet. The elevator inside can travel up to 40 mph. If you travel to the top of the building, you feel 15 degrees cooler than when you enter at the base.

The cave paintings were discovered by a group of boys when they followed their dog into an opening. Once Lascaux opened to the public, the lights used to illuminate the paintings faded and helped to breed algae and moss over them; hence it closed to the public in 1963. Don't fret though! A replica was built nearby for visitors to enjoy.

This mountain is home to approximately 2,200 plant species and 1,470 floral species. You can also find penguins and baboons.

Nevado Mismi was first identified as the Amazon Rivers source in 1971, by National Geographic explorer Loren McIntyre. However, another source has recently been suspected as the Amazon's beginning.

Although it has not erupted since the early 1700's, Fuji is considered an active volcano. Its history is somewhat a mystery, and no one is certain of the origins of its name nor its age. It is estimated to have first been active 10,000 years ago.

After Ivan the Terrible had the cathedral built, it is alleged that he had the architect blinded because he did not want any other building constructed in its like. The cathedral has gone through a number of names, but its current name comes from a so-called "fool" from Russia. Basil was a cobbler and a prophet, known for being a "fool for Christ." He died in 1557 and was buried in the Cathedral.

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