OVER the years, some of the most beautiful tourist attractions and locations once popular with holidaymakers have been lost, be it due to natural disasters or attacks.
We've rounded up some of the most stunning attractions – both man-made and natural – which are no longer around to visit.
Sutro Baths, San Francisco, US
First built in 1896 in San Francisco, the Sutro Baths was a large public swimming complex with saltwater pools.
However, it burned down in 1966 and its ruins remain – although was in the process of being demolished anyway after being sold to property develops for an apartment block.
Azure Window, Malta
One of the most recent attractions to be destroyed, the Azure Window featured in a number of films as well as Game of Thrones.
However, it collapsed back in 2017 due to a storm.
Jonah's Tomb, Iraq
The Nabi Younis Shrine in Iraq, also known at Jonah's tomb, was believed to be the resting place of prophet Jonah and dated back to 600AD.
It was sadly destroyed in 2014 after an ISIS bombing, although thankfully an undiscovered part of the attraction is being rebuilt and hopes to reopen in 2023.
Royal Opera House of Valletta, Malta
Also in Malta, the Royal Opera House of Valetta opened in 1866, only to face a number of disasters.
In 1877, it was badly damaged by a fire, only to be rebuilt and then destroyed in 1942 by bombings during WWII.
The Pink and White Terraces, New Zealand
Once described as the eighth Wonder of the World, Te Otukapuarangi, or known as the Pink and White Terraces, were natural pools were first drawn by English artist Charles Blomfield in 1882, and thought to be more than 1,000 years old.
However, just a few years after, it ie believed they were destroyed by the volcano eruption of Mount Tarawera, and can no longer be seen.
Crystal Palace, London, UK
Located in London was the Crystal Place, which was a hue iron and glass building which showed the Great Exhibition of 1851 during the Industrial Revolution.
However, it was destroyed in 1936 although are hopes that it could be rebuilt in the future as the ruins remain.
Wall Arch, Utah, US
The Wall Arch in Utah was one of the largest natural arch formations in the world and stood for thousands of years.
Sadly is collapsed in 2008, which no-one was able to witness.
New York Hippodrome, New York, US
First built in 1905, the New York Hippodrome was cited as the largest theatre in the world, with 5,3000 seats and modern technology including a rising glass water tank.
It closed in 1939 due to expensive running costs and was destroyed, and the land is now home to office and parking blocks.
West Pier, Brighton, UK
The West Pier in Brighton first opened in 1866 and was the first pier to be Grade I listed.
It closed in 1975 and fell into ruins, before more parts of it collapsed in 2002 due storms and 2003 due to arson.
Love Locks Bridge, Paris, France
Tourists in Paris would often head to place a lock on the Pont de Arts bridge with their partner as a romantic gesture.
However, this was stopped in 2015 after parts of the bridge collapsed under the 45 tonne weight, with an estimated 1m locks.
A number of theme parks have also been left abandoned over the years, including the creepy Camelot theme park in the UK.
Pleasure Island theme park in Cleethoperes, which fell into disrepair after it closed down, is hoping to reopen as a new holiday park.
In 2019, a popular tourist attraction in Benidorm was demolished in search of ancient ruins in the area.
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