When I found this 1930 photo I could resist posting it.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an icon of Australia isn’t it? You don’t even have to know what it, or the nearby Opera House, are called. When people see them they know they are looking at Australia.
Most countries have an icon like this don’t they. You know, the thing shown standing in smoking ruin during movies when they need to show that the aliens or zombies or some other world-ending catastrophe has spread to all of the civilized world, and that hope is rapidly fading…. 😉