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Posted: 03/16/12 08:50 AM ET  |  Updated: 03/16/12 08:50 AM ET

St. Patrick's Day: World Monuments Go Green Thanks To Irish Tourism Board

St. Patrick's Day is upon us, and of course that means the wearing of the green...and the drinking of the green beer. To celebrate the occasion, and presumably not get pinched, landmarks around the world will also be donning green this March 17.

The idea of turning famous monuments green is part of a campaign involving Tourism Ireland for the past three years, reports the BBC.

"Our job is to build on this fantastic occasion by encouraging them [tourists] to visit Ireland," Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar said on “We want to give them the green light to visit - literally."

The participant list is lengthy, and includes: the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Niagara Falls, the Chrysler Building, the London Eye, Dubai's Burj al Arab, South Africa's Table Mountain, San Francisco's Coit Tower and the Sydney Opera House.

"We are absolutely delighted that so many well-known sites and attractions are eager to come on board with us and join in our celebration next weekend," Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland said in

Check out some of the monuments that have been lit up in previous years below.

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  • Monaco's Palace, 2012

    A picture shows the illuminated in green of the Monaco's palace on March 17, 2012 in the Principalty of Monaco, during the Saint-Patrick's Day. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Chicago River, 2011

    Kayakers make their way down a green Chicago river Saturday morning, March 17, 2011, in Chicago. For almost forty years Chicago has been dying its river geen for the holiday. (AP Photo/Lois Bernstein)

  • London Eye, 2011

    The London Eye (L) is lit up in the color green in celebration of St Patrick's Day, in central London, on March 17, 2011. (CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • White House, 2011

    Green water comes out from the fountain at the South Lawn of the White House March 17, 2011 in Washington, DC. U.S. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • Table Mountain, 2011

    Table Mountain is seen lit up in green, in a spectacular display to commemorate St Patrick's Day in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, March 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

  • Sydney Opera House, 2010

    The Sydney Opera House is swathed in green light to mark St. Patrick's Day on March 17, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

  • Chicago River, 2010

    Thousands of spectators watch as the Chicago River is dyed green prior to the annual St. Patrick's Day parade on March 13, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)

  • Forsyth Park Fountain in Downtown Savannah, Georgia

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