15 Historical Places Destroyed By Dumb Tourists

15 Historical Places Destroyed By Dumb Tourists

• What ancient monument could collapse within
the next five years? What World Heritage site is already one-third
gone? Here are 15 historical places that are crumbling
because of tourism. 15 – The Great Pyramids
• Physically, the Pyramids are having a hard time because of erosion. But they’re such a common tourist trap now,
that the history and culture of the site has really worn off. • Visitors to the pyramids today see that
they can “see them from Pizza Hut,” where they’re surely getting a very traditional
Egyptian experience. 14 – Jaisalmer
• Jaisalmer, a medieval-era city in India, is considered a World Heritage site, and has
seen its tourism quadruple in the last decade or so. • It’s a beautiful city… but it’s
kind of made of sandstone. • That makes it hard to maintain as it is,
but it also suffers from a sewage system that has cracked and flooded under the number of
visitors it gets now. 13 – Machu Picchu
• Machu Picchu is Peru’s most significant historical site, and one of the most popular
tourist destinations in South America. • But it’s ultimately ancient infrastructure
built at the top of a mountain. The entire area is under threat of a massive
landslide, and every year hundreds of thousands of tourists weaken things a little more. • And those are just the regular ones. In 2000, during an on-location shoot for a
beer commercial, the “hitching post of the sun,” – an ancient sundial – was damaged
by a fallen boom mic. 12 – The Colosseum
• Defacing the walls of Rome’s ancient Colosseum is expressly forbidden. So naturally, people do it all the time. • Several times in the last year, tourists
from America, France, Russia, and any number of other places have been arrested for carving
their initials, names, or other things into the walls of the historic site. 11 – Stonehenge
• Stonehenge is considered one of the world’s most disappointing tourist destinations, and
also one of its most threatened. • Traffic continues to choke the roads past
Stonehenge, which is increasingly just a small site in the middle of nowhere. It took until 2013 for them to even build
so much as a visitor center. • Most days, people can’t even get close
to the stones. But when they do, on the summer and winter
solstices, the site suffers all sorts of damage, from graffiti, to chewing gum, to people literally
trying to light fires on them. 10 – The Galapagos Islands
• The Galapagos Islands are basically the reason we have the theory of evolution, and
the wildlife on these secluded islands is some of the most unique in the world. • Unfortunately, word has gotten out, and
the islands now host about 200 thousand tourists a year. • And what generally happens when you take
a delicate, secluded ecosystem and jam 200,000 humans into it? Yeah, that’s what’s happening. 9 – Taj Mahal
• The Taj Mahal brings in over 3 million visitors a year, more than twice that of any
other tourist destination in India. • But the marble structure has been ravaged
by pollution from surrounding factories and industry. • And the wooden floors have become so damaged
by the intense foot traffic, experts believe the foundation could collapse within the next
five years. 8 – The Parthenon
• The Parthenon hasn’t really been the victim of extreme damage from tourists directly. It’s just that Greece hasn’t put much
effort into maintaining it. • Previous attempts to restore the Parthenon
to MAKE it more accessible to tourists have actually done MORE damage. • Iron pins added to stabilize the structure
in the 19th century ended up rusting, causing new cracks in the marble. The Parthenon also suffers from pollution
damage. 7 – Great Barrier Reef
• Mostly, people who visit the Great Barrier Reef are respectful of it, and treat it with
care and caution. • But a small number of visitors will trample
on parts of the reef, or damage them by getting a little too handsy while diving. • That’s to say nothing of people who
head out there on their boats and just toss their anchors onto the Reef. 6 – Tulum
• Tulum is one of the last bastions of Mayan civilization. Unfortunately, it’s also close to Cancun,
and it treated similarly. • Tulum is an important site for both history
and ecology, but important areas are being cleared out for more beach resorts. • Mexico’s government had to cancel nine
major construction projects in 2015 just to stem the tide. 5 – Angkor Wat
• Cambodia’s Angkor Wat saw a massive explosion in tourism, from about 7,600 tourists
in 1993, to about 3 million visitors in 2010. • Damage is being done to the 1,000-year-old
temple daily, with thousands of people a day climbing on walls, stepping on statues, and
touching everything they can. 4 – Antarctica
• A fair number of people visit Antarctica every year to see penguins, ski, and just
experience the extremes of the climate. • And with tourists come trash, and disturbed
ice shelves, and a bunch of very upset penguins. 3 – Bali
• Bali has become one of the most famed tourist destinations in the Pacific ocean,
and now it is being destroyed by its own success. • The environment, culture, and even local
language of Bali is under attack by an onslaught of tourism, as the island paradise slowly
becomes an overdeveloped concrete jungle of a tourist trap. 2 – Mount Everest
• Mount Everest is covered with trash, because who is going to go up there and pick up litter? • Of course, it’s not all water bottles
and chip bags. The remains of climbers who didn’t quite
make it to the top also cover the slopes of the world’s most famous mountain. 1 – The Great Wall of China
• It’s no secret that the Great Wall of China is an impressive historic monument. • Everybody knows you can see it from space,
and that it’s been there for centuries. • What you may not know is that about a
third of it is gone. Despite efforts to maintain it, the wall is
crumbling from age and heavy foot traffic. • It was only really built for a few soliders
to walk along the top of it. Now it suffers the weight of millions of visitors
a year.

74 thoughts on “15 Historical Places Destroyed By Dumb Tourists

  1. I remember I was taking a vacation in Mexico with my family and we went to see the Temple Of Kukulkan and then I saw a small broken statue and the guy that was giving us a tour said someone was jumping over it and kicked the head off and broke it -.-

  2. "You can see it from space"
    What are you, fucking retarded? The thing isn't that wide. Sure it's long but let's see it like this…
    If you took a really thin piece of string and stool it from the roof to the the floor, if you go to the other side of the room can you still see it? No. 50 feet is nothing to the size of the world.

    Edit: I thought these guys did a video a while ago about that being a lie, anyway.

  3. Stop ruining the coliseum it took ages to do like years or months idk and also RESPECT ROME BEST CITY IN ITALY (and the world for some time)

  4. You can't see the Great Wall of China from space btw. A Chinese Astronaut found this out. Still a good video though.

  5. And just think that we now live in the world of jackasses who's parents didn't teach them shit about respect…

    Looks like Nothing is safe from being ruined, even the very monuments we humans built.

  6. I've actually visited Tulum in Mexico, it was a nice place to visit but it was very hot for 9 o'clock in the morning

  7. Note to all, it wasn't Melissa's fault the Great Wall of China nonsense was in there. It's the writer's fault and/or whoever did the research from which the script was written.

  8. "It's no secret that the Great Wall of China is an impressive historical monument, everybody knows you can see it from space." Except you can't see it from space.

  9. I don't care for most things, but when I see some one going out of their way to vandalize a historical monument just because they were told not to I get a little mad. Also if some one breaks a Statue they should be forced to pay for restorations. Shit like stone just doesn't break from you looking at it. Littering on islands with a robust and unique ecosystem should be heavily enforced and have a high price to pay be it jail time or money. Get your shit together and respect these works of art.

  10. You absolutely can NOT see the Great Wall of China from space. Can you see a 4 lane highway from space? No! Come on guys. I like this channel. Do your research.

  11. For all of you people who comment "you can't see the great wall of China from space do your research!" That part was a joke…..they know that the great wall if China can't be seen from space. They said that in the previous video.

  12. Their is a place here in Bowling Green called Lost River, and it is one of the only few preserves in the area, it is covered in hills and has a lot of cliffs and blue holes, they often hold wedding in a huge cave on the property and one time I was hiking with my family and we noticed 3 grown men, all in tuxedos, climbing the side of a hill above a blue hole (this is incredibly dangerous as well, because Blue holes have a vacuum so if you fall in you probably are not going to get out) and they had no regard for the terrain, they were kicking and flipping rocks, snapping trees, and just generally messing everything up.

    I wish that people like that didn't exist.

  13. stupid tourists. are you there to tour or destroy these historical places??? pls stop ruining and destroying them so the future generations can have the chance to see them!!!!

  14. I can’t even watch this vid I clicked on the vid then red the title and was like nope. Because if I do I will be up all night raging

  15. 4:56
    They obviously think that Mother Nature can clean that up in a second
    and I bet that the Penguins take a little munch on that stuff and clean up the trash and then somebody needs
    To pick up the penguin (if you know what I mean)


    Astronauts all confirm this. It’s an old idiotic myth like you only use 80% of your brain. Seriously look at a picture of the wall. It’s like 15ft wide and only a few stories tall. It’s very long but that’s all.

  17. At number 1 she said you can see the great wall of china from space yet i just saw the video called 15 lies your school told you and the narrator was also still her and she said there that you can't. You can or you can't make up your mind.

  18. Damn where all these tourists come from and where they getting the cash to travel! America was just in a bad recession and hell I only know one person who has left the country for vacation! Are the tourists from Europe or where??

  19. I'm sorry, but I have to correct you on something. You actually cannot see the Great Wall of China from space. Scientists aboard the international space station have confirmed this.

  20. As damaged as it is I can honestly say the Parthanon in Athens is a must see. It's absolutely beautiful especially with an informed guide or friend to talk you through it all

  21. Another reason to hate tourists! (I already hate them they make prices too high now they are making stuff crumble)

  22. You can’t see the great wall of China from space, in fact Danger Dolan did a piece on this years ago about the top most common misconceptions people still believe about the world.

  23. Umm… You can't actually see the great wall of china from space it's just false information ask an astronaut or check it out on google earth

  24. I live near a major river in my state so there is always an onslaught of kayakers in the Summer which congest roadways and pollute the area.

  25. Like the Villisca Axe murders. Nobody knew….detectives tried to investigate….but one person overheard them mention the murder….

    Half the fucking town came sprinting for the house and charged right on it and ran all over the house to look at every drop of blood and see every bit of damage, all at once.
    All the evidence ended up contaminated, some parts were taken, the murder was never solved.

    "Ooh, an importance place? CHARGE AND THROW SHIT EVERYWHERE!" -People.

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