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St Patrick's Day: London Eye, Ground Zero and Niagara Falls among 190 iconic landmarks set to go green

Almost 200 major landmarks across the world will go green today ahead of St Patrick's Day.

Some 190 iconic landmarks and sites around the world will be illuminated in green over the coming days – as part of Tourism Ireland’s 2016 Global Greening initiative to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

The longest list yet includes some of the most famous sights including the Empire State Building in New York, the welcome to Las Vegas sign, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris, Luna Park in Sydney, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and the Nelson Mandela statue in Johannesburg.

The initiative has grown beyond expectation from its beginning in 2010, with just the Sydney Opera House and the Sky Tower in Auckland going green.

Tourism Ireland chief Niall Gibbons said he is excited about the newest additions - including an opera house in the Amazon rainforest.

"This is the seventh year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and it’s bigger and better than ever this year, with some wonderful new additions like 7 World Trade Center in New York, the Boston Red Sox, the light rail system in Addis Abba and even an opera house in the heart of the Amazon rainforest," he said.

"St Patrick’s Day traditionally marks the real start of the tourism season for us; our aim is to bring a smile to the faces of people around the world and to convey the message that Ireland offers the warmest of welcomes and great fun, as well as wonderful scenery and heritage."

The full list of buildings that will go green are below

Great Britain

·         London Eye

·         Nelson’s Column, London

·         ExCel, London *         

·         Selfridges, London

·         Selfridges, Birmingham

·         Stoke Park Golf Club, Buckinghamshire *

·         Trafford Centre, Manchester *

·         Town Hall clock, Manchester

·         Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne *                        

·          ‘Armadillo’ (SECC), Glasgow                                                   

·         The SSE Hydro, Glasgow


North America

United States

·         7 World Trade Center, Ground Zero, New York *

·         Aisling Irish Community Center, New York *

·         Boston Red Sox (baseball team) *

·         Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox), Boston *

·         Empire State Building, New York

·         Reunion Tower, Dallas *

·         ‘Welcome’ sign, Las Vegas

·         High Roller, Las Vegas

·         Bridgestone Arena, Nashville *

·         Chicago Board of Trade building

·         Chicago Gaelic Park *

·         John Hancock Center, Chicago

·         Navy Pier, Chicago

·         One Prudential Plaza, Chicago *

·         Sheraton Grand Chicago *

·         Soldier Field (home to the famous Chicago Bears team), Chicago

·         State Street, Chicago

·         United Center (home to the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls), Chicago

·         Wrigley Building, Chicago



·         Niagara Falls (on both the Canadian and US sides)

·         Turbo the Goat, Toronto *

·         Casa Loma, Toronto *

·         The Distillery District, Toronto *

·         Courtyard by Marriott hotel, Toronto *

·         City Hall, Toronto

·         Breakfast Television studio, Toronto

·         Calgary Tower *

·         Hôtel de Ville, Montreal

·         St Patrick’s Basilica, Montreal *

·         Olympic Stadium, Montreal

·         Complexe Desjardins, Montreal

·         La Tour McGill (McGill College tower), Montreal

·         McTavish Reservoir, Montreal

·         Verdun Borough Hall, Montreal

·         Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa

·         Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador


Mainland Europe


·         Burgtheater, Vienna

·         Bridges on the River Danube, Vienna *

·         Wiener Riesenrad (Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater Amusement Park), Vienna

·         Bergisel Sprungschanze Stadion (ski jump), Innsbruck *

·         Skiwelt Söll (ski resort)

·         Löwensaal, Hohenems

·         Kaprun Castle, Zell-am-See region


·         Grand Place, Brussels 

·         Manneken Pis statue, Brussels (“dressed” in Irish costume)

·         Burg, Bruges

·         Belfry, Mons


·         National Palace of Culture (NDK), Sofia *

Czech Republic

·         Petřín Lookout Tower, Prague

·         Mahen Theatre, Brno *

·         City Hall, Ostrava


·         Municipality Building, Nicosia *


·         Den Blå Planet (national aquarium), Copenhagen *


·         Lahti Radio Towers *

·         Ice swimming lake and swimmers, Tampere *


·         Roue de Paris (Big Wheel), Tuileries Gardens, Paris *

·         Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Paris

·         BHV Marais (Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville – department store), Paris *

·         Sleeping Beauty castle at Disneyland® Paris               

·         Château de la Muette (headquarters of the OECD), Paris

·         Galeries Lafayette, Paris

·         Drugstore Publicis, Paris

·         Irish Embassy, Paris

·         Porte de Bourgogne, Bordeaux

·         Porte Dijeaux, Bordeaux *

·         Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes

·         La Croisette, Cannes

·         La Mairie, Cannes

·         Tour de la Castre au Suquet, Cannes

·         La Manufacture des Tabacs, Lyon *

·         Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Lyon

·         Le Palais de Justice, Lyon

·         Le Musée des Confluences, Lyon

·         Mairie de Villeurbanne, Lyon

·         Astroballe (indoor sporting arena), Lyon

·         Opéra Comédie, Montpellier *

·         Aéroport Montpellier Méditerrannée *

·         Hôtel de Ville, Saint-Mandé *


·         Funkturm Berlin (radio tower)

·         Airbus Group building, Berlin *

·         Water fountain at Irish pub, Bornheim *

·         ‘Lighthouse’ building, Düsseldorf

·         Allianz Arena, Munich

·         Hofbräuhaus, Munich *

·         Olympic Tower, Munich

·         Odeonsplatz, Munich

·         Offene Kirche St. Klara, Nürnberg *

·         Heidecksburg Castle, Rudolstadt *

·         Hotel Bell Rock, Europa-Park, Rust *

·         Fernsehturm (TV tower), Stuttgart *

·         Barockkirche, Theilheim *

·         Neumünster church, Würzburg

·         Rathaus, Würzburg

·         Irish pubs network


·         Müpa Budapest *


·         Colosseum, Rome

·         Leaning Tower of Pisa

·         Villa Reale, Monza *

·         Mole Antonelliana, Turin *


·         Riga Town Hall *


·         Hôtel de Ville, Luxembourg city


·         Forti Sant’Anġlu, Birgu *

·         Love Monument, St Julian’s *


·         Prince’s Palace

The Netherlands

·         ‘I Amsterdam’ sign at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam

·         Windmill, Weert *


·         Mount Ulriken TV mast, Bergen *


·         Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw

·         Kladka Bernatka footbridge, Kraków *

·         Lipska Street flyover, Kraków *

·         Golden Gate, Gdańsk *

·         Executioner’s House, Gdańsk *

·         Flyovers at Uczniowska Street, Kosciuszki Street and Jana z Kolna Street, Gdańsk *

·         Crown Tribunal, Lublin *

·         Arena Lublin (football stadium) *

·         Town Hall, Poznań *


·         Torre de Belém, Lisbon *

·         National Sanctuary of Cristo Rei (Christ the King statue), Lisbon

·         Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Caiscais


·         Ada Bridge, Belgrade

·         Palace Albanija, Belgrade *

·         Cupola of the House of the National Assembly of Serbia, Belgrade *

·         Hotel Moskva, Belgrade *


·         Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava


·         Palacio de Comunicaciones de Cibeles, Madrid             

·         Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid                     

·         Plaza España, Adeje, Tenerife

·         Tower of Hércules, A Coruña, Galicia

·         Marbella arches *

·         Marbella marina and lighthouse *

·         Town Hall, Marbella *


·         Rhine Falls, near Zurich                                                           


Australia and New Zealand

·         Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney

·         Luna Park, Sydney *

·         State Library of New South Wales, Sydney

·         The Star Event Centre, Sydney *

·         Town Hall, Sydney

·         Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Brisbane *

·         Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane

·         National Film & Sound Archive, Canberra *

·         The Bell Tower, Perth *

·         Subiaco fountain, Perth *

·         Council House, Perth

·         Elizabeth Quay, Perth *

·         State Library of Victoria, Melbourne *

·         Sky Tower, Auckland

·         Auckland War Memorial Museum

·         Chief Post Office, Auckland *

·         New Brighton Pier, Christchurch *

·         Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington *


Emerging markets


·         Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro

·         Arcos da Lapa (Carioca Aqueduct), Rio de Janeiro *

·         3 Olympic arenas, Barra de Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro *

·         Cathedral of Brasília (Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida), Brasília *

·         Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasília *

·         Monumento às bandeiras, São Paulo

·         Ponte das Bandeiras, São Paulo

·         Biblioteca Mário de Andrade, São Paulo

·         Viaduto do Chá, São Paulo

·         TV Towers on Avenida Paulista, São Paulo *

·         Teatro Amazonas (Amazon Theatre), Manaus *

·         Elevador Lacerda, Salvador *


Great Wall of China

Canton Tower, Guangzhou

Derry~Londonderry~Doire Clipper Race yacht, Qingdao


·         Light rail system, Addis Ababa *


·         World Trade Center 1, Jakarta *


·         City Hall, Tel Aviv *


·         Torii (entrance gate) of the Ise Grand Shrine, Ise, Mie Prefecture

·         Karakoro Art Studio, Matsue


·         Ahmed the Elephant statue, Nairobi National Museum *


·         El Ángel de la Independencia, Mexico City

·         Monumento a la Patria, Mérida, Yucatán *

·         Los Arcos (arch), La Minerva monument and El Palacio Municipal, Guadalajara *

South Africa

·         Nelson Mandela statue, Johannesburg

United Arab Emirates

·         Burj Al Arab hotel, Dubai

·         Global Village, Dubai *

·         Capital Gate Building, Abu Dhabi *

·         Yas Viceroy hotel, Abu Dhabi *

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