There is something quite breathtaking about seeing some of the World’s greatest monuments lit up at night. During the daylight hours, these sites are already instantly recognisable to people with even a basic passing knowledge, but when they’re lit up at night they can often seem to be more magical and even mystical. Recently a number of world landmarks have been lit up in certain colours as a mark of solidarity after some horrifying terrorist attacks. Here we take a look at a few of the most beautiful landmarks lit up at night.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris has become recognised as the international symbol for love and has been lit up quite frequently of the recent months in times of celebration and mourning. In June the Tower was lit up in rainbow colours in honour of the 49 victims who lost their lives in the Orlando nightclub shooting. If you saw any of the BBC coverage for Euro 2016 you will have seen Gary Lineker and his fellow pundit guests in studio that looked out over the Eiffel Tower and was lit up differently ahead of each game depending on who was playing in that match. Tournament sponsors, Orange, and the City of Paris teamed up to have the tower adorned with e-27 light bulbs that were fully customisable to change to any of the 24 flags of the teams competing in the tournament.
If you want to see the iconic pyramids of Giza lit up, then look no further than the Sound and Light show. In a show that is spectacular on the eye and highly educational at the same time, for a full hour you can enjoy the Sphinx, also lit up, telling you most ancient secrets of the world. Primarily presented in English, the show is available in other languages via translation headsets. The Sound and Light show was famously depicted in the 10th James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, starring Roger Moore.
Sydney Opera House
Perhaps the most recognisable is Sydney Opera House and the management often arrange for the building to be lit up for a number of celebrations and events. Recently the Opera house was lit up with a display designed by Indigenous artists and inspired by Aboriginal dreamtime stories and was part of the Australian festival of light and music and was one of 90 light installations across the city. Also a canvas of dripping paint was projected onto the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The iconic wheel in London is also frequently lit up as well as being the base for a firework display every New Years Eve. The Lodnon eye was lit up with Brazilian colours in April to mark 100 days until the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This was recognised as a symbolic passing of the torch following the Great British hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games. The main different this time is that there was no sign of Boris Johnson riding a zip wire and waving the Union Flag.