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Photos: Landmarks around the world turn green for St Patrick's Day

Major landmarks around the world are set to go green to mark of St Patrick's Day.

Around 290 iconic landmarks in 48 countries around the world are set to turn green as part of the 'Global Greening' initative.

Tourism Ireland's initiative has been running since 2010, when just the Sydney Opera House and the Sky Tower in Auckland were lit up in Ireland's national colour.

As well as more established landmarks, some more off-beat attractions are set to be illuminated.

These include: a Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila, northern Finland, a hotel built each year to a new design and this year having a Game of Thrones theme; a 25.2 metre Blue Whale skeleton kept in the British Natural History Museum; and a lion statue made from recycled flip flops washed up on the coastline of Kenya.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This is the ninth year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and it’s bigger and better than ever this year, with some wonderful new additions like the Luxur Obelisque in Paris, the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Tower 42 in London and the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in New York."

For a full list of landmarks turning green, visit Tourism Ireland's website.

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