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03/15/2014 08:00 am ET | Updated Mar 17, 2014

These 9 Famous Landmarks Look Absolutely Stunning... Until You Zoom Out

Let's play a game! We've all seen the stock photo versions of these world-famous landmarks. Some of us have even been there. But what they don't normally give us on the tourist brochures is the view from a few hundred feet back, or up, or from the Pizza Hut nearby. And so we present: Postcard vs. Reality.

Below we've rounded up a few of the more surprising finds, with a hat tip to Reddit users ArmoredCavalry and xordis.

The Great Pyramids of Giza

The postcard version...
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Image credit: gloria_euyoque/flickr

Reality!

Stonehenge

The postcard version...
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Reality!
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Niagara Falls

The postcard version...
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Reality!
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The Taj Mahal

The postcard version...
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Reality!
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The Brandenburg Gate

The postcard version...
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Reality!
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The Acropolis

The postcard version...
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Reality!
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Mount Rushmore

The postcard version...
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Reality!
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Image credit: AP

The Forbidden City

The postcard version...
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Reality!
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The Hollywood sign

The postcard version...
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Reality!
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All Images via Getty unless otherwise specified.

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