Watch where and when you’re pulling out your camera – some of the world’s top tourist attractions either don’t allow photos at all or have restrictions on what you can do with your photos, and if you don’t follow those rules, you could be facing some hefty fines or other consequences for taking the shot.
It’s unfortunate but true: at some of the world’s most visited and most popular locales, taking a picture – and what you do with it – can get you in a lot of trouble. At the Eiffel Tower, for instance, the image of the tower at night with lights on is copyrighted. So you can take a photo, sure, but sharing them on social media or worse, selling them, can put you in deep water.
USA Today recently compiled ten of the most popular tourist destinations that don’t allow photos.
- The Alamo; San Antonia, Texas: No photos inside in order to respect the building’s history.
- The Biltmore Estate; Asheville, North Carolina: No flash photos, no photos for commercial use, no photography on the special tour inside the house.
- The Jewel House and the Crown Jewels; London, England: No photos allowed for religious and security reasons.
- The Grand Canyon Skywalk; Arizona: Cameras and cellphones must be left behind to protect the glass from scratches.
- Rosslyn Chapel; Midlothian, Scotland: Photos outside are fine, photos inside are not allowed so visitors aren’t disturbed.
- The Sistine Chapel; Vatican City: No photos allowed because flashes can damage the paint.
- The Taj Mahal; Agra, India: Pictures outside are fine, no photos inside because it’s a tomb.
- Westminster Abbey; London, England: No photos allowed because it diminishes the atmosphere and blocks the paths and views of other tourists.
- Neuschwanstein Castle; Bavaria, Germany: No photos allowed inside unless you’re taking a picture out one of the windows.