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By Hiufu Wong, CNN
updated 6:09 PM EDT, Sun April 13, 2014
Sightsmap.com has revealed the destinations tagged most often on Panoramio, a Google photo-sharing website. European cities dominate the list with Budapest ranking 10th. Sightsmap.com has revealed the destinations tagged most often on Panoramio, a Google photo-sharing website. European cities dominate the list with Budapest ranking 10th.
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10. Budapest, Hungary
9. Buenos Aires
8. Florence, Italy
7. Monte Carlo, Monaco
6. Venice, Italy
5. Istanbul
4. Paris
3. Barcelona, Spain
2. Rome
1. New York
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A new information map reveals the most photographed cities in the world and top attractions
  • Moulin Rouge not Eiffel Tower scored as the most popular picture place in Paris
  • European cities dominate the list with eight out of 10 positions in the list

(CNN) -- The Eiffel Tower isn't the most popular place for pictures in Paris, nor is the Empire State Building the top photo destination in New York.

At least, that's the case among users of Google's geolocation-oriented photo-sharing website, Panoramio, according to Sightsmap.com, which has ranked 15,000 cities and their attractions according to photos tagged.

The result is a "heatmap" with bright areas indicating more photos.

New York tops the list as the most photographed -- or the highest Panoramio-penetrated -- city in the world.

Europe dominates the chart with eight places in the top 10.

Among them are three cities in Italy, including Rome, which ranked second.

Barcelona rounds out the top three cities, with Park Guell as its top attraction.

More photos are tagged of the Guggenheim Museum and the Tweed Courthouse than the Empire State Building in New York City, according to the poll. (Perhaps because the Empire State Building is a tougher picture to take?)

The Church of the Santissima Trinita dei Monti triumphs in Rome and the city's favorite wishing pond, Trevi Fountain, follows.

Moulin Rouge is the most Panoramio-photographed attraction in Paris -- the Eiffel Tower came fifth.

Istanbul, recently named the world's top destination by TripAdvisor, was the fifth hottest city on Sightsmap.com -- Kiz Kulesi (Maiden's Tower) is the city's top attraction.

MORE: World's top 25 destinations according to TripAdvisor

Top 10 cities (and their most photographed attractions)

1. New York (Guggenheim Museum)

2. Rome (Church of the Santissima Trinita dei Monti)

3. Barcelona, Spain (Park Guell)

4. Paris (Moulin Rouge)

5. Istanbul (Kiz Kulesi)

6. Venice, Italy (Ponte dell'Accademia)

7. Monte Carlo, Monaco (Hotel de Paris)

8. Florence, Italy (Piazzale Michelangelo)

9. Buenos Aires (Caminito)

10. Budapest, Hungary (St. Stephen's Basilica)

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