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Noun

landmarks
  1. Plural of landmark

Extensive Definition

Originally, a landmark literally meant a geographic feature used by explorers and others to find their way back or through an area.
In modern usage, it includes anything that is easily recognizable, such as a monument, building, or other structure. In American English it is the main term used to designate places that might be of interest to tourists due to notable physical features or historical significance. Landmarks in the British English sense are often used for casual navigation, such as giving directions. This is done in American English as well.
A variant is a seamark or daymark, a structure usually built intentionally to aid sailors navigating featureless coasts. An example is the tower at Walton-on-the-Naze in England.

Links to landmarks around the world

Landmarks may be split into two categories: natural phenomena (physical features such as waterfalls and mountains) and man-made features, like buildings, bridges, statues, public squares, and so forth.
Landmarks in the man-made group include:

Africa

Photographs

CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada flagicon Canada had been the Tallest Building and Freestanding Structure (553.3 m) for over 30 years, and has the highest observation deck. Parliament House in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia flagicon Australia
landmarks in Danish: Vartegn
landmarks in German: Wahrzeichen
landmarks in Esperanto: Rekonilo
landmarks in Korean: 랜드마크
landmarks in Indonesian: Markah tanah
landmarks in Luxembourgish: Landmaark
landmarks in Dutch: Oriëntatiepunt
landmarks in Japanese: ランドマーク
landmarks in Russian: Памятник архитектуры
landmarks in Simple English: Landmarks
landmarks in Swedish: Landmärke
landmarks in Chinese: 地標
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