You’ve probably heard of the 7 wonders of the world but there are many more extraordinary destinations across the globe. From natural wonders to architectural feats, these places are celebrated for their otherworldly beauty. However, nothing really lasts forever and many of these destinations could disappear soon. If you’re planning a trip but not sure where to go, perhaps it’s time to get these spots on your radar. In just about a few years’ time, you may never be able to see them again.
Oh, the city of romance. Venice is known for its gondolas, whimsical festivals, and its vibrant art scene. It’s no wonder why Venice is one of the top places to visit for lovebirds going on their honeymoon.
However, in about 100 years, Venice might disappear from the face of the earth as sea waters rise. Due global warming and melting ice, sea levels have been steadily rising over the years and the city located along Italy’s coastline might eventually sink. If you’ve been dreaming of a romantic trip with your partner, perhaps you might want to tick Venice off your list as soon as you can!
It all started here, the very first Olympic Games, back in 776 BC. Olympia is one of the oldest cities, having been inhabited since prehistoric times. The ruins of Olympia gives us a glimpse to the history of not just Greece and one of the greatest civilisations.
Due to global warming, fires in the surrounding areas have been encroaching the protected ruins. With rising temperatures, it’s likely that the ruins of Olympia might be caught in one of these fires and disappear altogether. If you’re a history buff, you’ll need to visit the ruins as soon as you can!
12 Apostles, Australia
There used to be 12 Apostles, but now, only 7 remain. These limestone stacks off the coast of Port Campbell National Park have been attracting more tourists than ever before in recent years. In 2005, the dramatic collapse of one of these pillars was caught in video and many tourists have since flocked to The Great Ocean Road to have one last look at this world wonder.
These limestone pillars were essentially carved out by strong winds and formidable waves. Just as the 12 Apostles were formed by erosion, these pillars will eventually collapse due to extreme weather conditions along the coast.
The Door To Hell, Turkmenistan
The Door To Hell is a gas crater about 69m in diameter and 30m deep. In order to stop the spread of methane gas, Geologists had set the crater on fire in 1971 and it has been burning continuously since. The crater has since attracted a number of tourists to the site, however, due to safety concerns, the government of Turkmenistan might put out the fire soon.
The City Of Petra, Jordan
If you’ve seen Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, you’ll know that the famous Hollywood movie was shot at The City Of Petra. Buildings and intricate architecture — like the pillars, and windows — were literally carved out from the face of these rock formations. However, just like the 12 Apostles, this historic city will eventually fall to erosion and strong desert winds. It’s unimaginable that these great cities will one day collapse.
Natural wonders are formed due to environmental conditions and yet, they will soon disappear due to the environmental factors. Although you can always see images of these places on the internet, visiting these destinations and seeing it for yourself lets you truly appreciate the wonders of our world. Next time you’re not sure where to go for a holiday, pick one of these fast-disappearing places. You won’t know if you might miss the chance to experience them for yourself.
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