21 astounding satellite photos that exhibit accidental ‘art’ from above

11) Cementerio de Nuestra Señora de La Almudena, Madrid, Spain (40°25′10″N 3°38′26″W) –

Our Lady of Almudena Cemetery_satellite_image

One of the largest cemeteries of Western Europe, the Cementerio de Nuestra Señora de La Almudena (Our Lady of Almudena Cemetery) of Madrid boasts of more than 5 million gravestones. This is actually larger than the population of Madrid proper, which currently comes around the figure of 3.3 million.

12) Agricultural fields around Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (9°1′48″N 38°44′24″E) –

Addis Ababa_satellite_image

The cityscape of Addis Ababa or the ‘new flower‘ evolved by leaps and bounds in the late 19th century, when Emperor Menelik II developed upon a rudimentary settlement along the site for his beloved queen Empress Taytu Betul. In its current form, the capital area is both a city and a state, and it employs more than 16,000 people in the agricultural sector.

13) Great Wall of China, Northern China (40.67693°N 117.23193°E) –

Great Wall of China_satellite_image

The Great Wall of China is so huge that even contemporary historians with their modern-day techniques and equipment have not been able to accurately measure the walls. A complex archaeological survey done recently times has concluded that the wall itself is around 6,259 km (3,889 miles) long with its numerous sections. This herculean feat is further bolstered by 359 km (223 miles) of trenches!

14) Brøndby Haveby, Denmark (55° 38 ’12.836031 “N, 12° 23′ 58.386726″ E) –

Brøndby Haveby_satellite_image

Inspired by the olden ages when people used to meet in the center of the village to discuss their news, the Brøndby Haveby is a ‘garden city’ with 284 circular allotments, each of which comprises of 24 houses. The rotunda at the center of these allotments are envisioned as the public recreational space where the community members can interact on a collective basis.

15) Terraced Rice Paddies, Yuanyang County, China (23°09′32″N 102°44′41″E) –

Yuanyang County_satellite_image

Reminiscent of Asian art paintings, the satellite photo shows the spectacular layers of rice-paddy terracing – a part of which forms the 45th World Heritage Site in China. The Yuanyang County itself covers an area of around 2,200 sq km (850 sq miles), which is populated by more than 350,000 people (with most of them being ethnic minorities). As for cultivation of these stepped rice paddies, the practice is said to be over 1,300 years old for the ethnic Hani people of the area.

16) Spaghetti Junction (A-3 and M-50), Madrid, Spain (40.360051, -3.564548) –

Spaghetti Junction_satellite_image

The A-3 and M-50 highways intersperse with a flurry of crossroads in the southeastern region of Madrid. Such intertwined road ways are often nicknamed as ‘spaghetti junctions’, and they always contribute to the accidental art-form specimens we are looking for.

17) El Dorado National Forest, California, USA (38°45′01″N 120°20′00″W) –

El Dorado National Forest_satellite_image

Situated centrally along the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the El Dorado National Forest has an area of 596,724 acres (2,415 sq km). The above image shows the clear-cutting tracts that starkly stand out from the verdant greenery of the rest of the park.

18) Central Pivot Irrigation Fields, Ha’il, Saudi Arabia (27°31′N 41°41′E) –

Central Pivot Irrigation Fields_satellite_image

No, these are no crop circles. The immaculate circular patterns are rather formed by what is known as central pivot irrigation. This technique utilizes rotating equipment the moves around a pivot. For example, the above image shows the crops being watered by motored sprinkler towers that have successfully distributed the water in an even manner.

19) Venture Out RV Resort, Mesa, Arizona, USA (33.411791, -111.723591) –

Venture Out RV Resort_satellite_image

A retirement community with “1,749 homes, 3,000 palm trees and a wealth of amenities and recreational activities”, the Venture Out RV Resort was founded in 1968 and later developed by the Gulf Oil corporation.

20) Edson, Kansas, USA (39°20′14″N 101°32′26″W) –


Situated at a height of 3,566 ft (1,087 m), the unincorporated community of Edson shows its agricultural networks in spite of the region’s semi-arid climate.

21) Plasticulture / Greenhouses, Almeria, Spain (36.78234°N 2.74315°W) –


Plasticulture alludes to the use of plastic components in agriculture. The foothills of Almeria, Spain vaunt their expansive 20,000 hectares of area that is covered by an array of such plastic-made greenhouses.

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