Most of us know these iconic landmarks bustling with tourists. Unfortunately, due to the Corona Virus empty spaces are being left everywhere around the world. Consequently, tourism has been severely affected and countless crowded attractions have been left deserted. Keep scrolling to see some of the many before-and-after pictures of how some of the most visited tourist attractions have been left abandoned.
Taj Mahal – Agra, India
The Taj Mahal is one of the world’s leading tourist attractions and draws as many as 70,000 people every day. But due to the increasing worries and uneasiness across the world, the Indian culture ministry said, “it’s imperative to shut down the monument of love”. This is with respect to try and halt the spread of the virus. t
Disney World – Orlando, United States Of America
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is one of the most visited theme parks in the world. On average, it is estimated that Disney World receives up to 53 000 visitors a day. But due to the Corona Virus outbreak and to try combat the spread of the disease, on March 16th Disney World shut its doors until further notice.
Kaaba – Mecca, Saudia Arabia
The Kaaba in Saudi Arabia plays a vital role in the Hajj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. It’s considered the holiest site in Islam and attracts millions of worshipers each year. But, on March 5th Saudi Arabia emptied Islam’s holiest site over fears of the spread of coronavirus. Now it is only guarded by policemen.
Grand Central Terminal – New York, U.SA
Grand Central is a world-famous landmark and transportation hub in Midtown Manhattan. It includes a rich history of a story with a huge amount of wealth and excellent engineering. However, as Corona Virus concerns keep travelers and tourists away and off the streets this is the result of an abandoned Grand Central Terminal.
Eiffel Tower – Paris, France
Originally built in 1889 as the entrance arch for the World’s Fair, the Eiffel Tower has become a massive icon across the world and a very popular tourist destination. It is estimated that 7 million people visit the Eiffel Tower each year. The global pandemic has sure left the spectacle as nothing more just another gloomy space.
St Peter’s Basilica – Vatican City
As cases of coronavirus in Italy sky-rocketed into the thousands, many popular destinations across the city shut its door. St Peter’s Basilica has been closed since March 10 and is currently expected to remain closed until further notice.
Piccadilly Circus -London, England
With so many bright red buses rushing by, vibrant billboards, street performers surrounded by tons of tourists Piccadilly Circus is the heart of London’s daily activities. But all that is left at the moment is an empty space making it seem like a different world.
Western Wall- Jerusalem, Israel
The Western Wall may be known as the Kotel or Wailing Wall to others. Located in Jerusalem, Israel is the most significant site in the world for Jewish people. Hundreds of thousands of visitors and tourists visit this holy site but because of current restrictions and limitation of gatherings, we only see an eerie sight.
Trevi Fountain – Rome, Italy
Another major tourist attraction but also one of the most famous fountains in the world, the complex and flamboyant detailing of the Trevi Fountain is just part of its appeal. Usually, tourists are five or six rows deep during peak visiting hours, each waiting to toss their coin into the fountains sky blue waters. We can all agree how depressing it is to see a deserted tourist attraction like this.
Times Square – New York, U.SA
For many locals, this may be a place to avoid, but Times Square is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions. It boasts nearly 380 000 pedestrians daily. But because of COVID-19, the city has become nearly silent as gatherings have been prohibited.
The Blue Lagoon – Grindavík, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s No. 1 attraction. The geothermal spa sees about 1.3 million visitors a year, per the BBC, even though Iceland has a population of only about 330,000. On account of the global pandemic, Iceland’s tourist industry will sadly be taking a huge knock.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa – Pisa, Italy
If you’ve never visited before you’ve definitely seen it in pictures. The Leaning Tower Of Pisa is world-famous for its tilt to the side and is known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is believed that about 5,000,000 tourists visit each year. But due to Italy being one of the hardest-hit countries of the Corona Virus, The Leaning Tower of Pisa is very much abandoned.
Red Square – Moscow, Russia
Red Square in Moscow attracts thousands of tourists and visitors alike with its colorful Saint Basil’s Cathedral. As Moscow is Europes largest city, millions of tourists visit so to see a deserted Red Square is extremely upsetting for many, don’t you think so as well?
Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center at Sydney Harbour in Sydney, Australia. It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings and universally known icon. But it is so sad to see how empty an amazing venue like this is.
Spanish Steps – Rome, Italy
The Spanish Steps are a set of steps in Rome, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, towered by the Trinita die Monti church at the top. It is a hugely famous attraction for tourists who want to snap the perfect picture. But as you can see, this is sadly not happening anymore.
Brooklyn Bridge – New York, United States
Many of know the Brooklyn Bridge, right? But why exactly is it famous? because there had never been a bridge like it before. When it was completed in 1883, it was the first steel-wire suspension bridge and the longest suspension bridge in the world. It is estimated that daily, 10 000 pedestrians walk this bridge, and a mind-blowing 100 000 cars. As most people have been staying home during these times, we expect these numbers to not be as high for now.
Great Wall Of China – China
The Great Wall of China is one of the most amazing sights in the world, it is the longest wall in the world. Its winding path over the mountainous country and steep mountains take in some great scenery. The wall is made of cement, rocks, and powdered dirt. The purpose of its construction was to protect the north of the empire of China from enemy attacks. Every year 10 million people flock to see this spectacular, but as a means of trying to combat COVID-19, this tourist attraction has been closed until further notice.
Stonehenge – England, United Kingdom
Stonehenge is possibly the world’s most famous prehistoric monument which is located in Wiltshire, England. Stonehenge is a huge man-made circle of standing stones and still, today remains one universal mystery. Did you know, each year, around 20,000 people gather at Stonehenge to celebrate the Summer Solstice, but due to the current pandemic, we suspect this may not take place this year.
Christ The Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Christ the Redeemer is the largest art deco statue in the world. Its construction took 9 years and it is one of the 7 wonders of the world. An average of 1,800,000 people visits the statue in Rio de Janeiro each year. But unfortunately due to the Corona Virus outbreak, by the end of 2020, the figures will not be the same.