Famous World Landmarks Lit Up by Lightning

You know what they say: "Lightning never strikes the same place twice." Well, by now we know that they are wrong (what else is new), and that lightning tends to strike the nearest conductor of electricity in a given area, which can happen any number of times. For Thomas Edison, this was an "aha" moment. For some of the world's most recognizable monuments, it's more of an "Ahgghhhh!!" moment. Here are 11 photos that capture nature doing its tremendous shock therapy on some of man's greatest industrial accomplishments.

Burj Khalifa

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
January 10, 2010

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Christ the Redeemer

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
January 14, 2014

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CN Tower

Toronto, Canada
June 23, 2015

Eiffel Tower

Paris, France
August 20, 2011

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Empire State Building

New York City
July 15, 2014

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Sydney Opera House

Sydney, Australia
April 13, 2014

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Berlin, Germany
August 24, 2011


Tower Bridge

London, United Kingdom
January 25, 2014



Vatican City
February 11, 2013

Washington Monument

Washington, DC
July 2, 2014

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World Trade Center

New York City, New York
September 12, 2013

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Laura Reilly is an editorial assistant at Thrillist. Find her live tweeting a lighting storm or wielding a selfie stick in an open field at @asapreilly.