The Notre Dame fire shocked people around the world. Watching the building burn in real time, including seeing the spire fall, was very emotional for many people. Fortunately, the fire did not entirely engulf Notre-Dame. However, some landmarks have been lost due to war, climate change or have collapsed over time. These historical buildings and monuments around the world have disappeared and no one will ever be able to visit them again. It’s a sad reminder to visit the places on your to-do list before they’re gone for good.
Here are 10 of the historic places you may never visit again.
ten 10. NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL – PARIS, FRANCE
Luckily, Notre-Dame didn’t disappear forever and you can visit it in the future when the reconstruction is complete. But, unfortunately, you will never be able to see it as it was before. For one thing, the iconic spire is gone, forever changing photos of the Paris skyline. Construction of the cathedral began in 1163 and it is considered a great work of French Gothic architecture. Although most of the damage was done inside and many artifacts were destroyed, you can still visit its famous 8,000-pipe organ, which remains unscathed.
9 9. THE ORIGINAL SHAKESPEARE GLOBE – LONDON, ENGLAND
Three different versions of the Globe Theater have been built on the River Thames over the past five hundred years. So even if it still exists today, you will never be able to see the original. The first Globe Theater was built in 1599 but was later destroyed by fire, which occurred during a performance of Henry VII in 1613. A new theater was built the same year, but it was closed in 1642 after a religious outcry. The version that exists now was built in 1997, which is only a few hundred feet from the original.
8 8. NANJING PORCELAIN TOWER – NANJING, CHINA
This magnificent piece of architecture has been considered one of the seven wonders of the Middle Ages. The tower, built in the 15th century during China’s Ming Dynasty, stood 260 feet tall beside the Yangtze River. Unfortunately, this beautiful building was destroyed in the 1950s during the Taiping Revolution, but you can still visit a reconstructed version. In 2010, someone donated $156 million to rebuild this wonder of the world, so there’s still hope that we can knock it off our to-do lists in the future!
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7 7. CHACALTAYA GLACIER – BOLIVIA
Climate change is altering many parts of the natural world. The Chacaltaya Glacier, located in the Andes in Bolivia, was once one of the biggest tourist attractions in the region. People would come from all over to ski, but due to climate change, this 18,000-year-old glacier is now just small chunks of ice. Before being destroyed, this glacier was actually home to the tallest ski lodge in the world. Unfortunately, the glacier closed in 2012.
6 6. TOMB OF JONAH – MOSUL, IRAQ
Jonah’s Tomb is a historical monument that people could visit until recently. Sadly, this tomb, located in Mosul, Iraq, was destroyed as a result of war-related conflict in the region. Jonah’s Tomb was the oldest mosque in the city and is said to have been where Jonah, the Prophet, was buried. Jonah’s tomb was a place where many people made pilgrimage. Sadly, this is just one of many historic holy sites that have been destroyed by ISIS.
5 5. SUTRO BATHS – SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
The Sutro Baths opened in 1984 in San Francisco right by the Pacific Ocean. It was a large complex that had seven pools, slides and trapezes in a large glass enclosure. This huge venue could accommodate up to 10,000 people at a time and also had a natural history museum inside which contained real Egyptian mummies. The Sutro Baths were one of the most unique attractions in the world at the time. Unfortunately, the cost of running the baths was too high and was turned into a skating rink during the Great Depression, before closing permanently in 1964 after being destroyed in a fire. Now the area belongs to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
4 4. LOVE LOCKS BRIDGE – PARIS, FRANCE
The Love Locks Bridge is a fairly well-known tourist attraction that no longer exists. People have traveled to Paris for decades to put a lock on this bridge as a symbol of their love. Decades of locks proved too cumbersome for the bridge, which sits over the Seine, when part of it collapsed in 2014. Authorities are now removing all new locks added, though that some people still try to maintain the tradition by putting their locks on lampposts. on the bridge, but it’s definitely not the same thing.
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3 3. NEW YORK RACECOURSE – NEW YORK
In 1905, when this theater opened, it was the largest theater in the whole world. Located in midtown Manhattan, the Hippodrome featured a large stage and could seat up to 53,000 people. Some of the biggest stars of the era performed here, including Harry Houdini. Seventeen years after its opening, the theater has been transformed into the Théâtre du Vaudeville. In the following years it became a cinema hall, an opera house and a sports arena. During the Great Depression the theater was demolished and now an office building and parking lot occupy this space.
2 2. PALMYRA – HOMS, SYRIA
Palmyra is an ancient Semitic city that was built during the second millennium BC. Currently, the region is known as Homs, about 200 km north of the Syrian capital, Damascus. This historic city was a blend of Greco-Roman, Persian and Arabic architecture and culture, and is considered a World Heritage Site. Large ruins located in the city included a Roman amphitheater and the Temple of Bel. In 2015, these ruins became another ISIS target and part of the area was destroyed, including the Temple of Bel.
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1 1. THE GREAT MOSQUE OF SAMARRE – IRAQ
Rounding out this list is the Great Mosque of Samarra located in Iraq. This mosque was built in the 19th century and for part of its life it was the largest in the whole world. Standing 171 feet tall, it had a spiral ramp that people could climb. The mosque was destroyed in 1278, except for the outer wall and the minaret. This same minaret served as an observation area for American troops, but was partially destroyed during a bombardment in 2005.
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