Top 10 Amazing Tourist Attractions That No Longer Exist

Hey YouTube, Jim here! Welcome to Top10 Archive! Our planet is an incredible place, and all
around us are examples of how creative Mother Nature and the humans who came before us can
be. But sadly, some of the most beautiful places
on Earth no longer exist and we’ll never get a chance to see them with our own eyes. Here’s our list of 10 amazing tourist attractions
that no longer exist. But before we get started, why not become
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would be! 10. Guaíra Falls
In its hay day, Guaira Falls was the most powerful waterfall in the world in terms of
total volume. With an incredible 1,750,000 cubic feet of
water pummelling the Paraná River below, it had double the flow of Niagara Falls and
more than 12 times the water that makes up Victoria Falls. There were 18 spectacular falls in total,
and the deafening sound of the water rushing forward could be heard up to 20 miles away. It was truly an incredible spectacle to behold. That is until it was buried underneath the
Itaipu Dam in 1982. Yes, that’s right, one of the most incredible
natural sights on the entire planet was destroyed in favor of a dam. What used to be a huge tourist attraction
on the Brazil-Paraguay border is now a hydroelectric project, which is much less Instagramable
I’d say. 9. Chacaltaya Glacier
Bolivia is known for its capital city being at a super high altitude, but that’s not
the only spectacular attraction that used to be hidden high up in this South American
country. The Chacaltaya Glacier lies 17,400 feet or
35,300 meters up in the Andes Mountains, and at one point it was a serious tourist attraction. The glacier had the first ever rope tow in
South America, and it was home to the highest ski lodge in the world, which was even higher
than Everest Base Camp. Skiers from all over the world would descend
on the world’s highest ski run to test their skills at altitude. But now, there’s nothing left but a tiny
block of un-skiable ice. Any ideas why? Yes, that’s right, it’s because of global
warming. The 18,000-year-old natural wonder has been
reduced to practically nothing, and since 2012 it has been closed indefinitely and the
tourist trade has completely died out as a result. 8. Jonah’s Tomb
Jonah’s Tomb in Mosul, Iraq, is just one of the entries on today’s list that’s been
lost to war. Jonah is an important figure in Christianity
and Islam who, according to Islamic and Judeo-Christian beliefs, was swallowed by a whale. Jonah’s tomb was said to be housed in Mosul’s
oldest mosque and it was a very popular site for religious pilgrimages and tourists with
a keen interest in religion. That is, until the Islamic State of Iraq and
Syria, or ISIS, put an end to that. In 2014, the group planted explosives around
the mosque and it was destroyed beyond repair. Jonah the Prophet’s tomb is just one of
many holy sites destroyed by ISIS because they’re deemed idolatrous. 7. Love Locks on Pont des Artes
We’ve all seen padlocks attached to bridges in our cities which are supposed to signify
couples’ love and commitment to one another, but did you know that this cutesy tradition
began in Paris? I mean, of course it did – it’s not known
as the most romantic city in the world for nothing! In just a couple of years after the tradition
began in 2008, the Pont des Arts Bridge was covered with an incredible 700,000 locks,
which weighed an estimated 45 tons combined. Couples desperate to prove their love for
one another came from far and wide to add their own lock. Each couple would carve their initials into
the lock before attaching it to the bridge and throwing the keys into the water. There’s just one problem with this practice:
locks are heavy and no bridge in the world has been built to support almost a million
of them. So, in 2015, the metal grills were removed
and replaced with new sides. And of course, there’s nowhere to affix
padlocks on the new bridge. Tough luck, lovers. 6. The original Penn Station
Now I know what you’re thinking: who cares about a train station? But the original Pennsylvania Station was
an incredible sight to behold and attracted more than its fair share of tourists. At the beginning of the 20th century the Pennsylvania
Railroad was the world’s largest corporation and so it was only right that its New York
station would be grander than grand. Designed by McKim, Mead, & White, who also
renovated the White House, the magnificent Beaux-Arts landmark was completed in 1910
and its beauty rivaled Grand Central station. It could accommodate 200,000 passengers every
day and was built to be able to do so for at least 100 years. But sadly it didn’t last quite that long. In the 1940s the railroads suffered as air
travel surged, and so the once-successful company found itself struggling for cash. Unable to keep up the beautiful structure,
it was sadly torn down in 1963. 5. The Buddhas of Bamiyan – Afghanistan
In the days before Afghanistan turned into an almost constant warzone, the spectacular
Buddhas of Bamiyan were one of the beautiful country’s main draws. That is, of course, until Islamic fundamentalists
sadly decided to put an end to their long and impressive history. Built into a cliff in the Bamyan Valley way
back in the 6th century, the carvings were 53 meters tall at their largest point. Incredibly, the Buddhas somehow managed to
survive Genghis Khan’s reign of terror, but they met their end at the hands of the
Taliban in 2001 when they were destroyed with dynamite. 4. The Azure Window
Malta is an Island Nation in Europe that’s always been popular with tourists for its
safety, relatively low costs, and great food and drink. But the jewel in the crown of Malta was undoubtedly
the Azure Window until in 2017, when it crumbled into the Mediterranean Sea. The rocky arc measured 28 meters or 92 feet
and provided visitors with an iconic view of the blue water and sky that Malta’s famed
for. Of the million people that visited the Maltese
island of Gozo, 80% of them stopped by the Azure Window. It was the country’s most picturesque spot,
and it was so spectacular that it even featured in the first season of Game of Thrones. After years of concern that erosion would
one day destroy the arch, rough seas finally tore it down. 3. Duckbill
If you haven’t heard of the Duckbill, it was a sandstone rock formation in the Cape
Kiwanda State Natural Area in Oregon. It was a popular landmark to photograph because,
you guessed it, it looked like a duckbill. It was a wonderful example of how creative
Mother Nature can be, and in stark contrast, its demise was a terrible reminder of how
dumb humans can be. In August 2016 a group of young people toppled
the national treasure in an apparent revenge attack. No, really. The group destroyed the natural monument because
it was responsible for breaking their friend’s leg. They somehow managed to completely ignore
their friend’s role in the accident, because the rock is surrounded by a fence and signs
warning of the dangers, but the gang ignored this and clambered through anyway. Sadly, the vandals weren’t caught, despite
the crime being committed on video. 2. Nazca Lines
This tourist attraction does still exist, but it’s been damaged so extensively that
we had to include it on our list. If you’ve ever visited Peru, chances are
that you stopped by the Nazca Lines to see one of the most incredible historical landmarks
on Earth. Created 2,000 years ago, these huge geoglyphs
give a glimpse into the ancient civilization that once occupied the land. The etchings are a combination of lines, shapes,
and designs of animals and plants, and the largest one is an incredible 370 meters or
1,200 feet long. Sadly, not everyone respects these ancient
artworks, and in 2018 a trucker intentionally drove his vehicle over the site leaving deep
scars across the protected area. And if you think that’s bad, look at who
else has taken it upon themselves to destroy this sacred area: Yes, Greenpeace. In 2014, an activist chose this area to promote
renewable energy, and in doing so caused permanent damage to the site. The activist was given a suspended sentence
in a Peruvian court, which will hopefully deter other idiots following his lead. 1. Maya Bay
Thailand is renowned for its beautiful beaches, but there’s one that topped them all. Maya Bay rose to fame in Leonardo DiCaprio’s
2000 film, The Beach, and ever since it was used as the main location for the blockbuster
tourists have descended on the area in droves. At its worst, the bay was seeing 5,000 tourists
every single day, which obviously took its toll on the area’s ecosystem. Depressing photos show the area littered by,
well, litter, left behind by careless tourists. So, in 2018, the beach was closed to tourists
to prevent further damage. Visitors can still enjoy views of the bay
from a boat and embark on snorkeling trips in the area, but if you were planning on following
Leo’s footsteps on the beach, I’m afraid that’s been ruined by your fellow humans.

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