Tourist Attractions That Are No More
PHOTO: Love locks on Pont des Artes. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock)
Many tourist attractions seem like permanent fixtures in this world, but that’s not always the case, says MSN’s Hannah Keyser.
For example, in Seattle, the famous Bubble Gum Wall was deemed bad for the structure and, just like that, the gum was removed and one the tourist draw had vanished.
Other places have met with similar fates. Keyser notes that San Francisco’s Sutro Baths were once a popular place in the city.
“The world’s largest indoor swimming complex, the Sutro Baths, opened to the public on March 14, 1896. Built by millionaire and then mayor of San Francisco Adolph Sutro, the structure boasted fine art and natural history exhibits as well as seven seawater pools - all heated to different temperatures - that had space for up to 10,000 swimmers at once,” says Keyser.
However, the baths never became viable financially, despite each owner’s best efforts.
“The Sutro Baths were shuttered for good in 1966 and soon burned down in what was deemed a suspicious fire. Although the baths themselves are no longer standing, the seaside ruins have become a popular destination,” notes Keyser.
Love locks are notorious all around Europe, adorning bridges and railings around the continent but on the Pont des Artes in Paris, the locks began to cause problems.
“In 2012, critics started to complain that the literal weight of all this sentiment was too much for the bridge. It was estimated that the locks amounted to 45 tons and one giant eyesore,” Keyser says.
The railings have since been removed from the bridge and will be replaced with see-through railings with no place for locks.
An amusement park in Budapest has also disappeared.
“Vidámpark, also known as the Amusement Park of Budapest, occupied the same grounds for 175 years. In that time, the park survived fires, WWII bombings, communism, and multiple redesigns.”
While the park was shuttered in 2013, some rides will be preserved for their historic value.
For more attractions that have disappeared, read on here.
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