Historical buildings or natural landscapes have been destroyed due to erosion, climate change, fire …
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
The fire occurred on the evening of April 15, 2019, when the 856-year-old building was under construction. The fire destroyed the entire roof and pointed tower of the church. The process of restoration of this monument can take decades, at a cost of up to 3.3 billion USD. This year is the first time in more than 200 years that the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has not celebrated Christmas.
Shuri Castle, Okinawa, Japan
On October 31, 2019, the 600-year-old castle was completely burned down during a major fire. The local government has raised more than $ 2 million to rebuild the castle.
Shuri Castle was originally built in the 14th century and restored twice in 1945 and 1992 after being devastated during the war. It is also expected to be a stop on the torch relay route for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, according to the BBC.
Tree “tunnel”, California, USA
The red tree, called “Pioneer Cabin Tree,” is called a “tunnel” tree by visitors. This is one of the most famous Calaveras Big Trees National Park since the late 1800s. However, this old tree fell in a storm in January 2017.
Azure stone archway, Malta
In March 2017, Azure stone archway collapsed into the sea after a severe storm. It was once a popular tourist symbol of the island nation of Malta, and appeared in the “Game of Thrones” series. In 2018, a Russian architect proposed to restore this stone arch, but the plan did not resonate.
Duckbill sandstone block, Oregon, USA
In September 2016, three visitors toppled the Duckbill sandstone block in Cape Kiwanda park. The rock initially shook only slightly, but then completely collapsed. Three young men said they destroyed the 18 million-year-old rock structure to avenge a friend.
Coral reefs on Christmas Island, Australia
Victoria University researchers said only 5% of Christmas Island’s coral reefs can survive the peak heat of the El Niño phenomenon from 2015 to 2016. Rising sea temperatures cause coral reefs. “bleached”, meaning they are sick and discolored. El Niño is a period when sea surface temperatures are warming, which can “affect the weather, ocean environment and marine fisheries over a long period of time,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. .
Archway on the beach of Legzira, Morocco
This natural spot is located on Legzira beach between Mirleft and Sidi Ifni, on the Atlantic coast. The beach is famous for two arches formed by erosion. However, in 2016 one of the two gates suddenly collapsed. People worry that the other gate will soon fall over time.
Ancient Maya pyramid, Belize
In 2013, a 2,300-year-old pyramid at Belize was flattened for paving stones. This pyramid is located in the temple complex of Noh Mul, north of Belize. Archaeologists claim construction workers cannot mistake the 30-meter-tall building with an abandoned hill.