For the 10th year in a row, iconic landmarks around the world will “go green” for St. Patrick’s Day. The annual Global Greening campaign is run by Tourism Ireland and has been since its 2010 inception, when just two landmarks were illuminated for the Irish national holiday. This year, nearly 400 landmarks are expected to go green, including dozens of new sites like Zambia’s Victoria Falls, the Eden Project in Cornwall, York’s medieval City Walls, and the Cotton Tree in Sierra Leone.

 

Empire State Building New York City Green St Patricks Day

The Empire State Building. (Tsaiproject / Flickr)

 

The new sites will join old staples of the greening event like Niagra Falls, Rome’s Coliseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Sydney Opera House, Las Vegas’s famous “Welcome” sign, Burj al Arab in Dubai, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, and the London Eye.

“This is the 10th year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and each year I am delighted to see even more well-known attractions and landmark sites wishing to get involved and join our St Patrick’s celebrations,” Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons said.

 

Sydney Opera House Green St Patricks Day

Sydney Opera House. (Kimberly Vardeman / Flickr)

 

“The eagerness of cities and countries everywhere to take part underlines the strength of the deep connection that people all over the world feel to Ireland. More than 70 million people around the world claim links to the island of Ireland and St Patrick’s Day is a truly unique opportunity to reconnect them with their heritage.”

Gibbons also told RTÉ that while the initiative is expected to cost around €30,000, the returns are in excess of €10 million.

 

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Rhine Falls, Switzerland.

 

“People across the world instantly identify St Patrick’s Day with the island of Ireland and that heightened profile allows us to put the Ireland holiday experience in the spotlight – from Sydney to Singapore and from Rome to Rio de Janeiro. Our St Patrick’s program will span Great Britain, Mainland Europe, North America, Australia, as well as emerging tourism markets such as China and the UAE.”

 

London Eye Green St. Patricks Day

The London Eye. (Ben / Wikimedia Commons)

 

The United States will see three new structures go green this year —Atlanta City Hall and Nashville’s Metro Historic Courthouse and Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge — in addition to the annual greening of the Empire State Building, Chicago’s United Center, Las Vegas’s “Welcome” sign, and Tampa’s Hillsborough River.

Scroll down for this year’s complete list of international landmarks and natural wonders going green for Ireland this St. Patrick’s Day. Note: first time ‘greenings’ marked with *

 

NORTH AMERICA 

United States

  • Empire State Building, New York
  • Atlanta City Hall *
  • United Center, Chicago
  • ‘Welcome’ sign, Las Vegas
  • Metro Historic Courthouse, Nashville *
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge, Nashville *
  • Hillsborough River, Tampa

Canada

  • Niagara Falls (on both the Canadian and US sides)
  • Casa Loma, Toronto
  • City Hall, Toronto
  • The Distillery District, Toronto
  • The Cariboo Sentinel (newspaper) shop, Barkerville *
  • Calgary Tower, Calgary
  • The Big Fiddle of the Ceilidh (Fidheal Mhor A’ Ceilidh), Cape Breton Island
  • Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat
  • World’s largest Muskoka chair, Gravenhurst *
  • Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
  • Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • The Wawa Goose
  • Sail of Lights at Canada Place, Vancouver

 

SOUTH AMERICA

Brazil

  • Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro
  • Teatro Amazonas, Manaus

Colombia

  • Barranquilla Cathedral, Barranquilla *
  • Torre Colpatria, Bogotá

 

EUROPE

Albania

  • Clock Tower of Tirana *

Austria

  • Burgtheater, Vienna
  • Bridges on the Danube Canal, Vienna
  • Wiener Riesenrad, Vienna
  • Bergiselschanze (ski jump), Innsbruck
  • SkiWelt Söll

Bulgaria

  • National Palace of Culture (NDK), Sofia
  • St Cyril and St Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo *

Belgium

  • Grand Place, Brussels
  • Anspach (shopping gallery), Brussels *
  • Royal Galleries of St Hubert, Brussels
  • Manneken Pis statue, Brussels (“dressed” in Irish costume)
  • Burg, Bruges
  • Celtic Cross, Fontenoy
  • Maasmechelen Village, Genk
  • Irish College, Leuven *
  • Belfry, Mons
  • Lille Gate, Ypres

Cyprus

  • Town Hall, Nicosia

Denmark

  • Bryggebroen bridge, Copenhagen
  • Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen

Estonia

  • Vabaduse Väljak (Freedom Square), Tallinn
  • TV Tower, Tallinn *

Finland

  • Polar Bear Pitching, Oulu *

France

  • Beaugrenelle (shopping centre), Paris
  • Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
  • Château de la Muette (headquarters of the OECD), Paris
  • Drugstore Publicis, Paris
  • Galeries Lafayette, Paris
  • Irish Embassy, Paris
  • Pari Roller (street skating event), Paris *
  • Sleeping Beauty castle at Disneyland Paris
  • Hôtel de Ville, Athis Mons
  • Mairie de Bayeux *
  • Arkéa Arena, Bordeaux
  • Porte de Bourgogne, Bordeaux
  • Hôtel de Ville, Bressuire
  • Centre d’art La Malmaison, Cannes
  • Hôtel de Ville, Cannes
  • La Croisette, Cannes
  • Le Musée de la Castre, Cannes
  • Le Suquet, Cannes
  • Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes
  • Pont Guilvinec-Treffiagat *
  • Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, Guingamp *
  • Château de Pierre II, Guingamp *
  • Badhus Kaysersberg *
  • Église Sainte-Croix de Kaysersberg *
  • Mairie de Kaysersberg *
  • Pont Fortifié, Kayserberg *
  • Château de Beaulieu, Saumur, Loire Valley *
  • École primaire publique Pierre Jakez Hélias, Mellac *
  • Église Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens, Mellac
  • Hôtel de Ville, Mellac
  • Aéroport Montpellier Méditerrannée
  • Hôtel de Ville, Saint-Mandé
  • Beatus Rhenanus bridge, Strasbourg (and on the German side of the bridge, in Kehl) *
  • La Mairie, Villeurbanne
  • 45 Le Comptoir Irlandais shops around France *

Germany

  • Funkturm Berlin
  • Reichsburg Cochem
  • Excelsior Hotel Ernst, Cologne *
  • Lanxess Arena, Cologne *
  • Lighthouse, Düsseldorf
  • Altes Rathaus, Gescher
  • McKiernan’s Irish Café, Gescher
  • Stadthalle, Grafing *
  • ‘Fridolin’ the carp statue, Höchstadt an der Aisch
  • Offene Kirche St. Klara, Nürnberg
  • Heidecksburg Castle, Rudolstadt
  • Maria-Ward-Schule, Würzburg *
  • Matthias-Grünewald-Gymnasium, Würzburg *
  • Neumünster church, Würzburg
  • Rathaus (Town Hall), Würzburg

Great Britain

  • Cutty Sark, London *
  • London Eye
  • Tower 42, London
  • Nelson’s Column, London
  • Trafalgar Square fountains, London
  • Selfridges, London
  • Selfridges, Birmingham
  • Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh *
  • Bournemouth Pier *
  • British Airways i360, Brighton *
  • Eden Project, Cornwall *
  • St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall *
  • National Space Centre, Leicester *
  • Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • City Hall, Norwich *
  • Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
  • City Walls, York *

Greece

  • Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens *

Hungary

  • Chain Bridge, Budapest
  • Jedlik Ányos Bridge, Győr *
  • Felszabadulási emlékmű (Liberty monument), Szombathely *

Italy

  • Colosseum, Rome
  • Irish Embassy, Rome
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Ex Convento Palazzo dell’Annunziata, Matera *
  • Castel dell’Ovo, Naples *
  • Castel Nuovo, Naples *
  • Fortezza Albornoz, Orvieto *
  • Il Pozzo di San Patrizio (St Patrick’s Well), Orvieto
  • Palazzo Municipale Orvieto *

Luxembourg

  • Hôtel de Ville, Luxembourg city

Malta

  • Porte des Bombes, Floriana

Monaco

  • Prince’s Palace of Monaco

The Netherlands

  • Splendor Amsterdam
  • Uilenburgersjoel, Amsterdam
  • SkyView Scheveningen Pier, The Hague
  • Windmill, Weert

Poland

  • Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw
  • Hotel President, Bielsko-Biala
  • Kosciuszki Street Bridge, Gdańsk
  • Uczniowska Street Bridge, Gdańsk
  • Centre of Culture and Art, Kalisz *
  • City Hall, Kalisz
  • Baszta Dorotka (Dorothy Tower), Kalisz *
  • Spodek (arena), Katowice
  • City Hall, Kielce *
  • Galeria Echo (shopping centre), Kielce
  • Regional Cultural Centre, Kielce *
  • Father Bernatek (Kladka Bernatka) footbridge, Kraków
  • Lipska Street flyover, Kraków
  • Tauron Arena, Kraków
  • Manufaktura, Łódź *
  • OFF Piotrkowska (shopping mall), Łódź
  • TME Office Centre, Łódź *
  • Centre for the Meetings of Cultures, Lublin
  • National Centre of Polish Song, Opole *
  • Adam Mickiewicz University (main auditorium), Poznań *
  • Archaeological Museum, Poznań
  • Bishop Jordan Bridge, Poznań
  • City Hall, Poznań
  • MTP Spire, Poznań
  • Poznań Główny (railway station), Poznań *
  • Raczyński Library, Poznań
  • Brama Przemyska Bridge, Przemyśl
  • City Hall, Rzeszów
  • Centennial Hall, Wrocław
  • Grunwaldzki Bridge, Wrocław
  • Krzesło Kantora (chair sculpture), Wrocław *
  • Lower Silesian Governor’s Office, Wrocław *
  • National Museum, Wrocław
  • Opera House, Wrocław
  • Stadion Wrocław
  • University Bridge, Wrocław
  • University of Wrocław
  • Wrocław Contemporary Museum, Wrocław *
  • Wrocław Główny (railway station), Wrocław *
  • Szyb Maciej, Zabrze
  • City Hall, Zamość

Portugal

  • Cristo Rei statue, Lisbon
  • Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Cascais
  • Castelo de Torres Vedras, Torres Vedras *

Russia

  • Central Telegraph Building, Moscow
  • Izvestia Hall, Moscow
  • Rossiya Theatre, Moscow *

Serbia

  • Ada Bridge (Most na Adi), Belgrade
  • Palace Albanija, Belgrade
  • Hotel Moskva, Belgrade
  • Canadian Embassy, Belgrade
  • Glavna Pošta (main post office), Belgrade
  • House of the National Assembly of Serbia Narodna Skupstina, Belgrade
  • Narodni Muzej (National Museum), Belgrade *

Slovak Republic

  • Divadlo Aréna, Bratislava *
  • Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava
  • Chrenovský most (bridge), Nitra *

Slovenia

  • Ljubljana Castle, Ljubljana

Spain

  • San Mamés stadium, Bilbao
  • Marbella arches
  • Ayuntamiento, Tortosa
  • Puente del Tortosa, Tortosa

Sweden

  • Vasa warship, Stockholm

Switzerland

  • The Rhine Falls, near Zurich
  • Smilestones (indoor miniature world at The Rhine Falls), near Zurich *

 

ASIA

China

  • Canton Tower, Guangzhou
  • ‘Niki’ Cathay Pacific DC-3 airplane, Hong Kong *
  • Ruins of St Paul’s, Macau

Israel

  • Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa
  • Water Tower, Ramat Gan
  • City Hall, Tel Aviv

Japan

  • Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA, Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture *
  • Ise Ohtorii, Ise City
  • Karakora Art Studio, Matsue
  • Yokohama Marine Tower, Naka Ward, Yokohama

Singapore

  • Chijmes, Singapore *

Turkey

  • Atakule Tower, Ankara *

United Arab Emirates

  • Nation Towers, Abu Dhabi *
  • Yas Hotel, Abu Dhabi
  • Burj Al Arab, Dubai
  • Cayan Tower, Dubai
  • Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai
  • Emirates Golf Club, Dubai

Vietnam

  • Pen Monument, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
  • Meliá Hanoi hotel, Hanoi

 

AFRICA

Ethiopia

  • Bete Giyorgis (Church of Saint George), Lalibela *

Kenya

  • Leopard statue called ‘Chiu’ (made from re-cycled scrap metal), Nairobi *

Sierra Leone

  • The Cotton Tree, Freetown *

Uganda

  • Source of the Nile Bridge, Jinja *

Zambia

  • Victoria Falls *

 

OCEANIA

Australia

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Town Hall, Sydney
  • State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Irish Embassy, Canberra
  • The National Carillon, Canberra
  • The Big Kangaroo (‘Rooey II’), Border Village
  • The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour
  • Perth Airport
  • The Bell Tower, Perth
  • Council House, Perth
  • Crown Perth *
  • Elizabeth Quay, Perth
  • Matagarup Bridge, Perth *
  • Optus Stadium, Perth
  • Yagan Square, Perth

New Zealand

  • Sky Tower, Auckland
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Eden Park, Auckland
  • Christchurch Airport

 

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