You may have to skip getting that once-in-a-lifetime Instagram shot the next time you visit a famous attraction. Several major tourist destinations around the globe actually ban photos. It's important to know which spots have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to whipping out your phone or camera to capture a few pictures.
Did you know that taking a photo of the Eiffel Tower at night when its lights glow and sharing it on social media could result in a fine? That's because photos of the Eiffel Tower at night are protected by copyright law. That means that selling or sharing photos of the iconic structure without permission are both forbidden. Italy's famed Sistine Chapel is another spot where photography is prohibited. Flash from cameras can actually cause harm to the artwork that's on the ceiling and walls of this famous spot. In addition, London's Westminster Abbey forbids photos from being taken. There's really no reason why photos can't be taken there except for the fact that decision makers believe photography inside the church takes away from the atmosphere. Guests who visit the nearby Jewel House in London are forbidden from taking pictures of the jewels and crowns that belong to the royal family due to both security reasons and a desire to respect the religious significance of the items.
Photographs aren't only banned at famous churches and landmarks in Europe. There are even some spots in the United States where the sound of your phone or camera snapping a photo simply isn't welcomed. One of those places is the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Photography inside the Biltmore house is prohibited due to a desire to preserve the prestige of the Biltmore name. However, visitors can take photographs of the grounds as long as they don't use flash. You're also out of luck if you want to take photos while visiting certain portions of the Grand Canyon. Cameras and cell phones are prohibited inside the Grand Canyon Skywalk.