How is Ireland linked to the Eiffel Tower, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and all the other monuments that light up in green on Saint Patrick’s Day?

Since the Global Greening of the world’s most popular tourist attractions on Saint Patrick’s Day began back in 2010, there has been a remarkable uptake in the number of massively famous monuments and buildings taking part.

Lion of Judas monument in Addis Ababa, Global Greening run by Tourism Ireland.

Lion of Judas monument in Addis Ababa, Global Greening run by Tourism Ireland.

With a remarkable 287 globally-recognized monuments lighting up on March 17, 2018, the iconic Space Needle in Seattle and Chimo the Polar Bear statue in Ontario joins fan favorites the Sydney Opera House, the Colosseum in Rome and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in lighting up in green in honor of Saint Patrick and of Ireland. This is especially impressive when we think that only two were lit up in green when the initiative, run by Tourism Ireland, started just eight years ago.

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Cibeles Foundation in Madrid, Spain, Global Greening run by Tourism Ireland.

Cibeles Foundation in Madrid, Spain, Global Greening run by Tourism Ireland.

While it may seem odd that tourist attractions in other countries would want to celebrate our national holiday, you’d be extremely surprised at the Irish links that many of these places have. Did you know, for example, that an Irishman was behind the building of the Sydney Opera House or that Irish is still spoken in a part of Canada?

Cathedral of Brasilía, Brazil, Global Greening run by Tourism Ireland.

Cathedral of Brasilía, Brazil, Global Greening run by Tourism Ireland.

This year The Sweater Shop put together this fascinating infographic that explores all the links to Ireland and we can’t believe how far our little country has traveled.

Do you know of any other Irish connections that were missed? Let us know about them in the comments section, below.

Read more: Ireland needs to ditch the red carpet and roll out 40 shades of gree

Image courtesy of The Sweater Shop.

Image courtesy of The Sweater Shop.

H/T: The Sweater Shop 

The London Eye lit up in green during the Global Greening. Tourism Ireland