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Famous landmarks are often destroyed on camera as part of a television series or film for pure entertainment value. Here are a few world landmarks that have been blown up, crashed into or zapped out of existence for the sake of amusement or horror.
The bell in the tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in the U.K. is known as Big Ben, and that bell (along with the tower it resides in) has been destroyed many times over the course of cinematic history. You can find one instance of this in 2002’s Reign of Fire, when the tower and most of London was trashed by a bunch of fire-breathing dragons.
The Washington Monument, located in Washington D.C., has been destroyed a few times itself. In the 1996 comedy sci-fi film, Mars Attacks!, many worldwide landmarks are destroyed by invading Martians, including the Washington Monument, the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben.
Another popular target is the State of Liberty. A famous example is in the 2008 film Cloverfield, where the main characters are quickly confronted by the disembodied head of the statue lying in the street as they leave a party.
Probably the most famous depiction of the White House being destroyed on film can be found in the 1996 film Independence Day.
The iconic Eiffel Tower is another popular landmark to blow to smithereens. In the 1998 movie Armageddon, the tower, along with most of the city of Paris, France, is demolished by an asteroid fragment.
The Millenium Bridge, located in London, England, is torn to pieces by Death Eaters in the 2009 film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Golden Gate Bridge
The number of times this iconic San Francisco bridge has been destroyed on film are too numerous to detail here, but a recent example can be found in 2013’s Pacific Rim, where a colossal beast known as a Kaiju rips the bridge to bits.