11 Popular Tourist Attractions That No Longer Exist Because We’ve Destroyed ThemTranslate

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Today the popularity of tourist attractions depends a lot on social networks. 50% of travelers reported that information and advertisements on the internet influenced their travel plans. But this growing popularity isn’t good for the attractions at all. And it’s not just because of garbage or graffiti on walls that are left by tourists. People can cause damage in different ways from simply breathing to intentional destruction.

GIGGAG wants to show you 11 popular sights which were ruined by people for various reasons.

4. Cave Of Altamira In Spain

4. Cave of Altamira in Spain

It was closed to visitors in 2002. Big touristic groups damaged the paintings by simply breathing and producing water vapor and carbon dioxide which made some of the paintings get moldy. In 2001, a replica cave and museum was built nearby to allow tourists to enjoy the reproductions.

6. Nohmul Pyramid In Belize

This 2,300-year-old Mayan pyramid was destroyed in 2013 by the De-Mar’s Stone Company using bulldozers. The limestone from this pyramid was used to fill roads with gravel in a nearby town. After an investigation, the excavator driver, the foreman, and 2 of the company’s managing directors were punished with fines.

7. Lake Poopó In Bolivia

7. Lake Poopó in Bolivia

This lake completely dried up in 2016 due to climate change and the nearby development of agriculture and mining. It is noteworthy that this is the second disappearance of the lake. It dried up for the first time in 1994, and was later revitalized by rains.

8. Wedding Cake Rock In Australia

8. Wedding Cake Rock in Australia

This rock became very popular in 2015 and had to be closed due to concerns about its stability. But the closure, the fines, and even the police presence still does not prevent tourists from jumping over the fence in pursuit of a photo. The rock will remain closed until it disappears for natural reasons.

10. Duckbill, Oregon

10. Duckbill, Oregon

This rock formation was a popular tourist attraction until August, 29 2016. A group of people penetrated the fence and destroyed the natural monument because earlier their friend had apparently broken their leg there.

11. Pont Des Arts In Paris

11. Pont des Arts in Paris

This famous bridge was so full of love locks that their total weight was about 45 tons. The government, fearing for the state of the Seine because of the number of keys thrown into it and puzzled by the possible collapse of the bridge, had to remove tens of thousands of locks and put glass panels up so that people could no longer lock their love there.

Bonus: Popular Attractions In danger

Bonus: Popular attractions in danger

You might be surprised to see that The Great Wall of China is on the list of attractions which could be ruined soon. It was created for defense and the amount of tourists walking over it is causing serious damage. Along with this attraction, the Colosseum, the Dead Sea, Venice, and even Antarctica are also under threat.

People leave a lot of garbage, draw graffiti on the walls, try to take a piece of the attraction with them, and pollute the environment without thinking about the attractions or their future. We’re not suggesting that people not travel, we just want everyone to be mindful that we should be taking care of these places together and showing due respect. And who knows, maybe some decades later there will be no lists of destroyed touristic places.

What do you think about people’s impact on these and other attractions? Do you see any ways to reduce it? Share your opinion in the comments.

Preview photo credit Brigitte ALLIOT / Wikimedia Commons , francofolle / instagram

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