New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple has used a drone to capture some of the world’s most stunning architectural and natural wonders from a bird’s eye view in a series entitled, Air. From New Delhi to Barcelona, Chapple records a vantage point otherwise unknown to human sight, from an altitude that soars over cities, structures and landmark sights.

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Many of the images from the series were taken before drone photography was restricted or otherwise enforced, offering him the chance to hover his device above the Taj Mahal, Lotus Temple and Saint Petersburg’s Hermitage Pavilion without restraint. “There was a window of about 18 months where it was possible to fly these things anywhere and people were excited to see it”, Chapple told Business Insider. “I’m glad I made use of that time.
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” With many of these locations enforcing a strict ban on drone usage, Chapple’s aerial images may be some of the last remaining of their type.

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Jama Masjid, the heart of Islam in India. The red sandstone structure was built under the orders of the same Mughal emporer of Taj Mahal fame.

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Clouds swirl through the pillars of Sagrat Cor Church, high on a hill above Barcelona. Twenty minutes later a thunderstorm hit the city.

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Paris’ Sacré-Cœur glowing in a hazy sunrise.