10 Famous Tourist Places That You Can't Visit Anymore

By Renuka Shahane on May 03, 2017
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Every one of us has travel bucket-list. While some of us try to tick items off their list by taking a trip once a year or even more, if that’s possible, most of us just have it. Piled up with dream-destinations and quirky places that we once stumbled upon, on the web, we wish to visit them, some time in our life. Most probably, we won’t, but we like the idea of them being open for us to visit.

Here’s a bummer! Some mind-blowing places in the world cannot be visited now. From everything to natural calamities, to social restrictions to climate change has caused the closure of these places.

Have a look at the 12 beautiful places that you can’t visit and experience anymore:

1. Azure window, Malta

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You’ve seen it in movies, and this was where the iconic Dothraki wedding of Game of Thrones took place. A popular tourist attraction, this natural arch in limestone collapsed on 8th of March 2017, after years of natural erosion. Sadly, you can now see thins natural wonder of Malta only in the pictures and movies!

2. Caves of Altamira, Spain

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Replete of charcoal drawings, paintings and art work that are at least 14,000 years ago, the Caves of Altamira are a jewel of the Upper Palaeolithic Era. The oldest painting of the cave is 35,600 years old and needless to say, the caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Owing to the deterioration caused by the Carbon dioxide in the breath of the tourists who visit the cave, the gem was completely closed to public in 2002.

Although, you can visit the replica of the cave created nearby. As they say, something is better than nothing!

3. Ise Jingu, Japan

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This is a complex dedicated to Amaterasu-omikami in Uji-tachi in Town, in the Mie Prefecture of Japan. Housing one major and 125 smaller Shinto Shrines, visitors can only observe the majestic sit from the outside. Unless you are a high order priest or priestess, you can’t enter. The shrine is dismantled and rebuilt every 20 years, denoting the Shinto belief of life and death.

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4. Pioneer Cabin Tree/Tunnel Tree, USA

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This 1000-year old tree was also known as one of the most famous tress of the country. A huge tunnel that was big enough to pass cars was dug in the tree in the 19th century, around a fire scar on the tree. Once a hotspot for automobile tourism, the tree fell in January 2017 after a rainstorm and flood.

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5. The Guaira Falls, Paraguay

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Along the border of Brazil and Paraguay, the Guaira Falls were not just a huge tourist attraction owing to its beautiful waters that splashed from a height of 114 meters but also one of the falls with the highest flow rate. The picturesque falls were totally submerged during the construction of Itaipu Dam, one of the largest hydroelectric projects.

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6. Natural History Museum, Delhi

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Created to celebrate the 25th Independence Day of India, the Natural History Museum in Delhi housed an interesting collection of flora and fauna including 160 million-year-old fossils of a sauropod. In 2016, the museum building succumbed to a fire, destroying the collection.

7. The Lascaux Caves, France

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Located in South-western France, the caves are home to 600+ parietal wall paintings that are 17,000 years old! A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the caves attracted more than 1000 visitors every day, resulting into its rapid deterioration. The paintings were exposed to light and CO2 (from the breath of the visitors) and this led to fungal outbreak. Today, the caves are closed for visitors and you can visit only their replica.

8. The Original Wembley Stadium

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The 1923 stadium that was not only home to the iconic towers at the entrance but also served as a pilgrimage for the football fans was demolished in 2002-2003. The stadium hosted number of national and international games, music shows, hockey matches and the Olympics. Today, the New Wembley Stadium stands on its site whereas the top of one of the twin towers can be spotted in the park in Saint Raphael's Estate of London.

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9. The Original Penn Station, NYC

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This early 20th century station was inspired by the Gar d’Orsay in Paris and displayed a fantastic Beaux-art style décor. Once a landmark of the city, the station was demolished to pave way for the construction of Madison Square Garden and Pennsylvania Plaza.

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10. Wedding Cake Rock, Australia

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This natural marvel sits in the Royal National Park near Bundeena in Australia. Resembling a slice of multi-layered wedding cake, this sandstone formation pulled crowds owing to its stunning views and unique geographical feature. Its access is closed since 2015 for safety concerns. The rock is unstable and has a possible threat of collapsing into the sea in the next 10 years.

To those who had these on their bucket-lists, sorry folks!

To all those who have a bucket-list, it’s about time to tick items off, before they are closed or vanished!

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