Check out the 15 Tourist Destinations that are No More
Hello Aluxers, today we have a bittersweet article. We’re going to talk you through some of the most amazing tourist destinations that unfortunately do not exist anymore. This includes cities, museums, buildings and natural landscapes.
Some of them have been destroyed by pollution, natural causes, tourists or war. Since plane tickets are getting cheaper and travelling more accessible to everyone, some of the oldest and most important tourist destinations are suffering.
Don’t start sobbing just yet, because some of them can be revived or replicated so that more people can enjoy them. In a lot of places tourism is not done properly with regulations and limits, therefore islands are sinking, monuments get ruined and some landmarks destroyed. Since this world is evolving so fast, you should pack your bags and spend your money on some of the most important destinations for you while they’re still on earth. With that being said, let’s see on what tourist destination we’ve missed so far because they no longer exist.
- 1: Tokyo’s tuna market auction
- 2: Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Thailand
- 3: The first Pennsylvania Train Station, New York
- 4: Love locks on Pont des Arts, Paris
- 5: Azure Window, Malta
- 6: Jonah’s Tomb, Iraq
- 7: The Berlin Wall, Germany
- 8: The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
- 9: Caves of Altamira, Spain
- 10: The Amber Room, Russia
- 11: Pioneer Cabin Tree, California
- 12: Tuileries Palace, Paris
- 13: Chacaltaya Glacier, Bolivia
- 14: Pink and White Terraces, New Zealand
- 15: Buddas of Bamiyan, Afghanistan
Tokyo’s tuna market auction
There are many things to do and see while in Tokyo. Most tourists want to see the temples and the gardens, but others, the more gourmet tourists are far more interested in the tuna market auctions.
They recently closed the auction to the public and moved it after being in the same place for 80 years. The fish market has been a tourist attraction for many years, and people have witnessed huge tuna being sold for thousands or millions of dollars. It used to be a great place to enjoy fresh seafood or sushi. If you visited Tokyo before its closing in 2018 consider yourself lucky.
Resource: Best Restaurants in Tokyo | Top 10
Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Thailand
Thailand is one of the most visited destinations in the world right now. Everyone wants to lay on those white sand beaches, eat exotic foods and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Due to its location, one of the most famous beaches has been completely destroyed after the 2004 tsunami and extreme tourism.
We’re talking about the beach where the movie “The Beach” was filmed, Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi Leh. The cast damaged the beach in order to make it more paradise looking, but it was also damaged after the 2004 tsunami. Meanwhile, extreme tourism has led to the closing of the beach to let nature heal and reduce pollution in the area.
Resource: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Thailand
The first Pennsylvania Train Station, New York
If you go to Penn Station in New York today you will see a crowded place with little to no architectural beauty to it. 100 years ago, when the station was originally built it used to be a mega building sitting on 2 blocks with amazing interiors and imposing design.
Over the years the building was demolished, and nowadays the station is almost completely underground and modernised. On the surface level, there is an office building and other stores around it. Although it’s still a very important station, the building itself is no longer of historic importance and can’t be admired anymore.
Love locks on Pont des Arts, Paris
In the city of love all couples want to make a statement. Getting a lock, writing your initials and securing it on the Pont des Arts bridge used to be a habit all couples used to do in Paris. This lover’s habit ended recently.
The bridge, which was loaded with too many locks was becoming too heavy to the point of being dangerous to walk on. Over a million locks were cut down from the bridge and now the famous love bridge looks like a normal bridge, the locks are gone.
Azure Window, Malta
A natural and beautiful landscape from Malta, that was also featured in many movies and postcards is now gone too. The Azure Window, a rocky natural arch has recently collapsed under its weight and erosion.
People visiting the island were walking on it, even after the structure weakend. A fine of 1500 euros was established for those trespassing, but it was not enforced. In March 2017, the arch collapse into the sea after a heavy storm. The Arch can now be seen in movies like The Count of Monte Cristo and Game of Thrones.
Resource: Luxury Resort in Malta | Villa Phantasia
Jonah’s Tomb, Iraq
Unfortunately the war in Iraq has led to the destruction of many cities, important landmarks and tourist destinations. In the city of Mosul, that has been recently destroyed by bombs and war, the tomb of Jonah a key figure in both Christianity and Islam has been destroyed.
This unique monument of great religious importance has fallen down under violence and bombs. Iraq just like Syria or Afghanistan have lost many landmarks and tourist destinations forever to the war. All we have left are pictures.
The Berlin Wall, Germany
After WW2 the Berlin Wall has stood tall until 1989. It used to stretch over 155 km dividing Germany in two separate countries for decades. When the wall came down and Germany was reunited as one country again the entire world celebrated.
Nowadays, visiting the wall is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Berlin, although the entire original wall does not exist anymore, only in certain areas. Pieces of the wall are now sold as souvenirs. Tourists who want to see the remaining of the wall can check it out from key places throughout Berlin or old movies.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Another natural beauty that is no longer as it used to be a few years ago is the Great Barrier Reef from Australia, and pretty coral reefs all over the world. Due to global warming, pollution and sunscreen the coral has died in most places.
The Great Barrier Reef used to be full of life, colorful and fish. Nowadays it’s bleached and degrading. Most of it is dead and some say there is a change of bringing it back to life. A lot of studies are conducted by the authorities, but until they know more the coral reef is considered dead and killed by humankind.
Caves of Altamira, Spain
Only a few cave drawings from the prehistoric era are still preserved. Such drawings remain a mystery and a major tourist attraction. The drawings from the Caves of Altamira in Spain were discovered in 1868.
Since then lots of people rushed to the site to see them, which led to the degradation of the cave from too much CO2. The caves are now closed for the public and a copy of the cave is now open for those who want to admire it. There are other replicas of the cave in the world, but the original one is not open for visitors anymore.
The Amber Room, Russia
There is one Wander of the World located in Russia that will make everyone who visits it speechless. It’s called “The Amber Room” a 55 square meters room from the 18th century, skillfully decorated in gold and amber.
Like many other beautiful artworks, it was dismantled and stolen by the nazzies in WW2. A copy of the room is now available for visitors in the same place and even a tiny replica of it exists, but it’s not the original room. It’s like having a copy of the Mona Lisa.
Pioneer Cabin Tree, California
As one of the biggest sequoia trees in the world, the Pioneer Cabin Tree was so large and tall that the owner of Calaveras Big Trees State Park featured a tunnel big enough for a car to pass through since the late 19th century. This used to be an attraction of the park itself.
In 2017, after a storm the tree collapsed and now people can only pass through it by foot. The tunnel is still in place and people can still see the inside of the tree, although 90% of it is down. There are some replicals of the tunnel in other places if you want to have the drive through a tree experience.
Tuileries Palace, Paris
If you ever visited Paris and The Louvre Museum you’ve definitely been in the Tuileries Garden near the museum. What most people don’t know is that is used to be a big palace there and an arc of triumph that burned down years ago.
The palace used to be the royal residence of many monarchs and now is a public garden. Not a single trace of the bourgeois life of the French stands in that place now. There were a few initiatives to rebuild the palace, but the estimated cost is a little too high, over 400 million dollars.
Chacaltaya Glacier, Bolivia
Chacaltaya Glacier from Bolivia used to be one of the highest ski resorts in the world. Back in the day when ice and snow were still there, people would go and enjoy some of the longest slopes in the world.
At over 5000 meters, the view from the glacier was impressive. Nowadays, the glacier has melted completely, leaving behind a mountain almost no one is interested in visiting. The ski resort is also abandoned. People only go in the area to visit the Titicaca lake since the glacier is not there anymore.
Pink and White Terraces, New Zealand
This natural wonder used to be one of the most famous attractions in New Zealand for many years. The pink and white terraces or natural pools were considered one of the world’s natural wonders for many years.
In 1886, Mount Tarawera erupted and with that the beautiful terraces were completely destroyed by lava. Since these ones were destroyed, those who want to experience something similar can go to Pamukkale in Turkey.
Buddas of Bamiyan, Afghanistan
The story of Buddas of Bamiyan is similar to that of Jonah’s Tomb. They were 6th century monuments carved in stone located on the Silk Road in Afghanistan. Not much is known about them but they were included in UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
In 2001, during the Afgan civil war the two statues have been deliberately destroyed by talibans. The area and the outline of the statues can still be visited and there are efforts made by several countries and organizations to rebuild them.
Few things from 3000 years ago are still standing today. Time, erosion and weather are not helping with conservation either. Thank God we have so many billionaires and amazing architects that are willing to get involved in rehabilitation so that we can have a real picture into our past and culture. Nothing lasts forever and maybe it shouldn’t.
There are other monuments and tourist destinations that for various reasons no longer exists. Let us know what destination or landmark would you bring back if you had the money and the power to. Write it down in the comments below.