Iconic Landmarks Turn Green For St. Patrick's Day

Category: Media & Culture / Mar 18, 2013 1:03PM EDT
Popular landmarks all over the world turned green on Sunday in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. The Egyptian Pyramids of Giza and Brazil's Christ the Redeemer statue were illuminated emerald green for the first time in the marketing campaign's fourth year, which is organized and coordinated by Ireland's tourism board. Other landmarks that transformed for the 'Global Greening' campaign included the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, the London Eye, Sydney Opera House, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Burj al Arab in Dubai, Table Mountain in South Africa, and the Gorky Park Gate in Moscow. According to the country's tourism board, the tourism industry contributes to about 4% of GDP, and employs some 200,000 people. It estimates about 7.27 million people visited Ireland in 2012. (Video Source: REUTERS)