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Top 10 most popular cities for selfies

Last updated on: May 23, 2014 21:45 IST

Top 10 most popular cities for selfies

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A new research has revealed that these are the most popular in the world to take a selfie.

Ellen's got one, the Pope's got one too and closer home, fashion designers Shantanu and Nikhil tried to get one on the runway.

'Selfie' was 2013's Word of the Year according to Oxford English Dictionary and the world seems to have woken up to the obsession.

So much so that travel website Suggestme.com has researched the most popular places to take a selfie by analyzing 6.3 million social media messages from TwitterFacebook, and Instagram, among others and has drawn up this list.

Here are the ten most popular cities in the world for selfie-takers!

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Image: A couple takes a selfie before the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Photographs: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

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10. Athens

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With 4.25 per cent of selfies around the world being taken at Athens, the Greek city ranks number ten in the list of the most popular cities for selfies.

Predictably, the Acropolis topped the list of places in the country with 17.54 per cent selfies in Greece being shot before the historical monument.

Top three most popular landmarks in Athens for selfies are:

  • Acropolis (pictured here)
  • Constitution Square
  • Acropolis Museum

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Image: A tourist walks in front of the temple of the Parthenon at the Acropolis in Athens.
Photographs: Yiorgos Karahalis/Reuters

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9. Sydney

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The Australian city inched past Athens by a mere 0.01 per cent more postings! :-)

Sydney came in ninth as the venue of 4.26 per cent selfies from around the world.

The Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach were the top three most popular spots to take selfies, according to the survey.

Top three most popular landmarks in Sydney for selfies are:

  • Opera House (pictured here)
  • Harbour Bridge
  • Bondi Beach

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Image: Tourists take pictures in this long exposure photograph as the Sydney Opera House is lit with green lights during St Patrick's Day celebrations in central Sydney.
Photographs: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

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8. Istanbul

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With 4.98 per cent of selfies being taken there, Istanbul was the eighth most popular city in the world for selfies.

Top three most popular landmarks in Istanbul for selfies are:

  • Grand Bazaar (pictured here)
  • Ortakoly
  • Capitol

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Image: Merchants wait for customers at the historical Grand Bazaar, known as the Covered Bazaar, in Istanbul.
Photographs: Murad Sezer/Reuters
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7. Rome

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The Italian capital was the venue for 6.6 per cent of selfies and ranked number seven

Top three most popular landmarks in Rome for selfies are:

  • Colosseum (pictured here)
  • Pantheon
  • Trevi Fountain

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Image: The ancient Colosseum is pictured before the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession in downtown Rome.
Photographs: Tony Gentile/Reuters

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6. Berlin

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Berlin was sixth in the list of the most popular cities for selfies, contributing to 7.15 per cent of all the selfies in the world.

Top three most popular landmarks in Berlin for selfies are:

  • Brandenburg Gate (pictured here)
  • Berlin Wall
  • Alexanderplatz

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Image: The Brandenburger Tor gate is pictured before Earth Hour in Berlin.
Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

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5. Barcelona

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The Spanish capital rounded off the top five with Barcelona being the venue for 9.35 per cent selfies taken around the world.

Top three most popular landmarks in Barcelona for selfies are:

  • Barceloneta Beach (pictured here)
  • Sagrada Familia
  • Camp Nou

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Image: Sunbathers relax along the Barceloneta Beach in Barcelona.
Photographs: Sergi Larripa/Wikimedia Creative Commons

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4. Paris

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Just in case you thought the French capital would have topped this list, you'd be disappointed to know that Paris is tied with Amsterdam, both being the venue for 9.82 per cent selfies taken all over the globe respectively.

No prizes for guessing which Parisian landmark topped the list though

Top three most popular landmarks in Paris for selfies:

  • Eiffel Tower (pictured here)
  • Disneyland Paris
  • Louvre

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Image: The Eiffel Tower is illuminated during the traditional Bastille Day fireworks display in Paris.
Photographs: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

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3. Amsterdam

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Top three most popular landmarks in Amsterdam for selfies:

  • Rijksmuseum (pictured here)
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Madame Tussauds

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Image: Visitors were allowed to enter the Rijksmuseum after the official opening by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (not pictured) in Amsterdam on April 13, 2013.
Photographs: Michael Kooren/Reuters

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2. New York

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Scoring well over Paris and Amsterdam is New York, the venue for 11.62 per cent selfies taken around the world.

Top three most popular landmarks in New York for selfies:

  • Times Square (pictured here)
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Empire State Building

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Image: A couple have the picture taken during a snow storm in New York's Times Square.
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1. London

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London was named the selfie capital of the world, contributing whopping 14.05 per cent of the selfies shot around the world.

Top three most popular landmarks in London for selfies:

  • Big Ben
  • London Eye (pictured here)
  • Buckingham Palace

Image: A tourist takes a picture of herself in front of the River Thames and the London Eye in central London.
Photographs: Olivia Harris/Reuters
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