These once famous, once used attractions were on the list of travelers around the world. However, today’s tourism and history buffs may never be able to see these “lost wonders of the world”. They were demolished, fell into disuse or disappeared due to extreme weather conditions, gone – but not forgotten. Here are a few of them.
Chacaltaya Glacier, Bolivia
It is the highest ski resort in the world. Daring skiers dream of the opportunity to try this challenging mountain. However, the great peaks rapidly decreased in size over the years until 2009 when they completely melted away.
The Azure Window, Gozo, Malta
This amazing natural formation is known around the world, the arch was formed by the collapse of a coastal cave, probably in the 19th century, and was a popular place for photographs. However, a storm struck, causing the arch to collapse.
Buddhas of Bamiyan, Bamiyan, Afghanistan
What once housed the two mammoth Buddha statues, two of the tallest in the world, now contains two empty alcoves, serving as a haunting reminder of what they once held.
Pink and white terraces, Lake Rotomahana, New Zealand
Back then, tons of tourists were constantly drawn to these naturally formed cascading pools. The “eighth wonder of the world” they called it. Now scientists seem to dispute their exact location.
Love locks bridge, Paris, France
Hundreds of tourists came to Paris every year and took part in this unusual tradition. They wrote their initials and those of their partner on a lock and attached them to the Pont des Arts on the Seine. The practice became so popular that at one point the bridge contained a million padlocks – the padlocks alone weighed around 45 tons. However, part of the fence broke in 2014. City officials then began removing the padlocks and the metal gates on the bridge have now been replaced with glass panels.
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