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Visit the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of the World’ from your sofa

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You don’t need a plane ticket to see these incredible natural wonders…

Last month, we took you on a virtual tour around the world to visit the manmade Seven Wonders of the World.  Now, we’re sending you around the globe once more, but this time, you will get to view the Seven Wonders of the Natural World.

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Spanning all seven continents, these captivating sites show exactly why Mother Nature is the best architect.

Visit these natural wonders from the comforts of your own home thanks to virtual technology.

1. Mount Everest, the border between Nepal and Tibet

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Mount Everest is the highest spot on earth (not to be confused with the tallest mountain in the world). It lies on the border between Tibet and Nepal in the Himalayas in Asia and is one of the most iconic natural features of the globe. It stands at 8,848m tall and, in case you’re wondering, it takes around two months to reach the summit. Now you can virtually scale this natural wonder in an afternoon, taking in aerial views above the different base camps along the way, and learn about the other tall peaks around Everest.

Here’s how you can Climb Mount Everest from your couch. 

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  • Slide 1 of 16: VATICAN CITY - APRIL 16: Tables and chairs are set in the Sistine Chapel where Conclave of Cardinals will be hosted to pick the next Pope April 16, 2005 in Vatican City. The doors of the church will be locked April 18 until the Cardinals select a new Pope. (Photo by Eric Vandeville-Vatican Pool/Getty Images)
  • Slide 2 of 16: TOPSHOT - Visitors take pictures in frront of Mona Lisa after it was returned at its place at the Louvre Museum in Paris on October 7, 2019. - Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, the
  • Slide 3 of 16: Vatican Museum Director Professor Antonio Paolucci unveiled today to the international Press the new Lightining and air conditioning system of the Sistine Chapel, where about 6 million tourists a year visit the chapel to marvel at Michelangelo's ceiling and his depiction of the Last Judgment on the altar wall. EDITORIAL US (Photo by Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images)
  • Slide 4 of 16: The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, London, as lockdown remains in place across the UK to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
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  • Slide 5 of 16: MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 17. A visitor looks at the painting ‘Banquet of the Civic Guardsmen from the Company of Captain Geurt Dircksz van Beuningen and Lieutenant Pieter Martensz Hoeffijser' by Jan Tengnagel during the press preview of the exhibition ‘Rembrandt and Amsterdam Portraiture, 1590-1670’ at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum on February 17, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. Together with around twenty of Rembrandt’s portraits, the exhibition includes major examples by other artists active alongside him in Amsterdam during the Dutch Golden Age. (Photo by Quim Llenas/Getty Images).
  • Slide 6 of 16: AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS - MARCH 31: Almost deserted streets and square at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam during a weekday morning following the advice of the Dutch government to stay at home for prevention of spreading of the Corona Covid-19 virus on March 31, 2020 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The government has forced restaurants, museums, theatres, cinemas and other public buildings to close and has advised citizens to stay at home if you have a cold, a cough, a sore throat or a fever; avoid contact with others (social distancing) and people throughout the Netherlands are encouraged to work from home (Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images)
  • Slide 7 of 16: The Natural History Museum in Kensington, London, as lockdown remains in place across the UK to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
  • Slide 8 of 16: WASHINGTON, D.C. - APRIL 20, 2018: A life-size model of Orville Wright is shown at the controls of the original 1903 Wright Flyer on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
  • Slide 9 of 16: This picture taken on March 18, 2020 shows an electric scooter on the pavement in front of the closed Orsay museum, in Paris, as a strict lockdown came into in effect in France to stop the spread of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus.  (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP) (Photo by PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
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  • Slide 10 of 16: LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A quieter than usual British Museum on March 17, 2020 in London, England. Boris Johnson held the first of his public daily briefing on the Coronavirus outbreak yesterday and told the public to avoid theatres, going to the pub and work from home where possible. The number of people infected with COVID-19 in the UK reached 1500 today with 36 deaths. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
  • Slide 11 of 16: AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 02: Two of the attendees take pictures of Vincent van Gogh's painting
  • Slide 12 of 16: AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS - MARCH 31: Closed Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam during a weekday morning following the advice of the Dutch government to stay at home for prevention of spreading of the Corona Covid-19 virus on March 31, 2020 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images)
  • Slide 13 of 16: A building housing a panorama installation opposite the Pergamon Museum on Berlin's Museum Island is devoid of visitors on March 17, 2020, as many activities slowed down or came to a halt due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP) (Photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Slide 14 of 16: BLETCHLEY, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: The Colossus computer, used to decode cypher during World War II at Block H, Bletchley Park, pictured at The National Museum of Computing on June 3, 2016 in Bletchley, England. During World War II British codebreakers helped decypher the German Army's Lorenz cypher using the Colossus computer and Tunny machine at the Government Code and Cypher School's (GC&CS) main codebreaking centre, Bletchley Park. The machines at Bletchley Park's Block H, the world's first purpose-built computer centre, helped gather crucial intelligence for the British military during the war. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
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  • Slide 15 of 16: This picture shows Guggenheim Bilbao Museum in the Spanish Basque city of Bilbao, on February 7, 2020. - The Spanish Basque city of Bilbao will host matches during the UEFA Euro 2020 football championship along with Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and Saint Petersburg. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP) (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Slide 16 of 16: Aerial view of the Hypersonic Facilities Complex showing the vacuum spheres and central office building, Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia, 1991. Image courtesy National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

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The coronavirus pandemic has gripped the entire world, making it impossible for people to travel. However, some major museums and art galleries around the world are offering virtual tours to explore their collection. Most of the exhibits in these places can be seen up and close through this online, interactive mode. Here is a look at some temporarily closed places that you can visit virtually.

(Pictured) Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City.

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Louvre Museum, France

One of the world’s most visited museums, Paris’ Louvre houses Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (pictured), which draws millions of visitors from all over the world. It also has in its galleries other iconic works by masters such as Delacroix, Rembrandt and Tintoretto. Other major highlights of the museum includes the breathtaking ceiling of Galerie d’Apollon and artifacts from ancient Egypt. A virtual tour of the museum brings the viewer up close to all of these exhibits.

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Vatican museums, Vatican City

The country’s museums and chapels are breathtaking pieces of architecture that casts a magnificent reflection on the grandeur of European art and culture through the centuries. A 360 degree tour of museums such as Pio Clementino, which has the original collection of 16th century pope Julius II, and Chiaramonti can be done at the official website of the Vatican’s museums. One can also take a tour of the historic Sistine Chapel, the ceiling of which was painted by Michelangelo

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National Gallery, England

Located at the Trafalgar Square in London, the National Gallery is a treasure house of masterpieces from the Renaissance era. Paintings by illustrious artists such as Paolo Veronese, Hans Holbein the Younger and Titian adorn the walls of the gallery. An online tour, which can be done through the official website of the Gallery, brings the viewer closer to nearly 600 renowned paintings.

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Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Spain

A permanent collection stored in three levels and the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza collection on two can be viewed through a virtual tour of the art museum located in Madrid. Its galleries are adorned with paintings and other works of art, from 13th through 20th century, by Jan van Eyck, Albrecht Dürer, Oscar-Claude Monet, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Vincent Van Gogh, among others. Dutch painter Rembrandt’s portrait works are also part of the virtual tour, which can be experienced via the museum’s official website.

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Rijksmuseum, Netherlands

Works of Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer are the highlight of this Amsterdam museum where the 17th century Dutch golden age comes alive. Renovated in 2013, the building, too, resembles a modern masterpiece. The virtual tour takes one through some of the finest art such as the Milkmaid, the Merry Family and Girl Dresses in Blue.

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Natural History Museum, England

One of the major attractions of this museum in London is the skeleton of a blue whale, named Hope, suspended from the roof of the Hintze Hall. As the name suggests, the museum offers a walk through our planet’s natural history through eras, including the age of the dinosaurs. The diverse collection includes everything from specimens of butterflies to items connected to human evolution. The interactive tour also allows the viewer to check out a 3D model of the skull of Diplodocus called Dippy.

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Smithsonian Institution, US

The Smithsonian, which is the largest museum, education and research complex, comprises 19 museums, galleries, gardens and the National Zoo. Some of the prominent museums that are offering virtual tours are the National Museum of Natural History National Air and Space Museum (pictured), and Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Musée d’Orsay, France

Located in Paris, the museum is home to the world’s largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works of art. Among its prized possessions are masterpieces by Oscar-Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh. It occupies Gare d’Orsay, an early 20th century building that once served as a railway station. The history of the building, too, can be traced through the virtual tour.

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British Museum, England

Opened in 1759, the London-based museum is a veritable treasure house of the ancient human history. The massive collections include sculptures and mummies from ancient Egypt, the Rosetta stone, and paintings by Albrecht Dürer and Michelangelo. Besides the official website, a virtual tour can also be done via Google Arts & Culture.

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Van Gogh Museum, Netherlands

Named after the illustrious 19th century Dutch post-impressionist painter, the museum in Amsterdam has the largest collection of Van Gogh’s works and personal letters. The paintings include masterpieces such as Almond Blossom, Sunflowers and Shoes. The virtual tour of the museum on the official website contains interactive experiences for the visitor.

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Anne Frank House, Netherlands

Founded in 1957 with the help of Anne Frank’s father Otto, visitors can take a tour of the building in Amsterdam where the Jewish diarist and her family hid to escape Nazi persecution in Germany. One of the country’s most visited museums, it preserves material connected to the teenager’s life and conducts educational programs. The Secret Annex, the rear of the building where the family actually hid, can be virtually explored via VR app. Google Arts and Culture center has a special exhibition titled “Anne Frank: Her life, her diary, her legacy.”

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Pergamon Museum, Germany

Located in Berlin, the museum is named after the Pergamon Altar, a masterpiece from the Hellenistic age. It also houses artifacts from the ancient East, Asia Minor, Caucasus, Egypt and Iran. An incredibly amazing exhibit to behold is the imposing reconstructed Ishtar Gate of Babylon. One can see the Pergamon Altar and many of the other historic artifacts through an interactive tour of the museum.

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The National Museum of Computing, England

The world’s largest collection of working historic computers can be seen at this museum located at the Bletchley Park Estate in Milton Keynes. Bletchley Park is famous for being the center of the allied code-breaking endeavors during the World War II. The museum, therefore, has systems from the 1940s, such as the Turing-Welchman Bombe and Colossus, as well as mainframes from 1950s, 60s and 70s. A 3D virtual tour is available on the official website of the museum.

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Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, Spain

Works of contemporary artists such as Mark Rothko, Jeff Koons, Anselm Kiefer and Richard Serra adorn the museum located in Bilbao on the banks of the Nervión River. The building, which was designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, is itself an example of outstanding modern architecture. A virtual tour of the museum can be done via Google Arts & Culture.

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Apart from the museums and art galleries, the world’s foremost space agency is also allowing visitors to virtually walk through its research centers spread across the U.S. Among them are Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The Supersonic Wind Tunnel, the Ballistics Impact Lab, and the Icing Research Tunnel and the Vacuum Spheres at the Hypersonic Facilities Complex (pictured) are some of the thrilling things that a visitor can see online.

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2. Grand Canyon, United States of America

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This natural wonder is located in Arizona in the United States. It is around 1.8km deep and 446km long. Scientists agree that the deep gorge was created millions of years ago by the raging Colorado River that carved through the layers of volcanic rock and sediments. While the canyon is predominantly red, other hues of yellow and green can be seen, which is caused due to the various rock layers reacting in different ways. Explore this majestic space in this 360-degree tour and see several aerial views from different locations.

Hike the Grand Canyon here. 

3. Harbour of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

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Situated on Guanabara Bay in Brazil, the stunning harbour of Rio de Janeiro stretches for a huge 30km, making it the largest harbour in the world. It is surrounded by unique granite mountains that were formed by erosion from the Atlantic Ocean. The tallest mountain (pictured above) is called Sugarloaf Mountain, which rises 396m above the harbour. In this virtual tour, you will be able see aerial views of not only the harbour but the beautiful city that surrounds it as well.

Check out Rio de Janeiro Harbour here.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and includes over 900 islands and more than 2,900 separate reefs, which have been constructed by billions of minuscule coral polyps. It’s home to billions of fish and stretches 2574km – so long that it can even be seen from outer space. Learn more about this natural wonder in the land down under with David Attenborough guiding you along the way. You can see underwater tour videos, see time-lapses of how organisms grow and explore other interactive activities on the site such as listening to what the reef sounds like or seeing the world the way a mantis does.

Take a deep dive into the Great Barrier Reef here. 

Victoria Falls, Zambia

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Victoria Falls is one of the great attractions in Africa – and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. It is 1.6km wide and 110m high, making it the largest waterfall in the world. Locals call the falls ‘Mosi-oa-Tunga’, which means the smoke that thunders. An apt name given that the noise of the falling water can be heard from a distance of 40km and the spray and mist that rises up can reach heights of 400m. This one-minute video clip takes you on an aerial tour of the majestic falls.

Witness the majesty of Victoria Falls here. 

Aurora Borealis, Northern or Southern hemisphere

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This naturally occurring and dazzling light show can be seen in both the Northern Hemisphere, where it is called ‘The Northern Lights’, and the Southern Hemisphere, where it is called ‘The Southern Lights’. On nearly everyone’s travel bucket list, this beautiful effect is brought on by charged cosmic particles entering and interacting with the Earth’s atmosphere. There are several 360-degree videos on YouTube showing this phenomenon from different spots in the world that you can explore.

Be dazzled by the Aurora Borealis here. 

Paricutin, Mexico

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Now, you may be wondering, why is a volcano on the natural wonders list? Well, Paricutin was chosen as its birth back in 1943 was witnessed and documented by humans. Its story is rather interesting as it started out as just a tiny crack in a cornfield. In moments, the crack had risen to two metres, with rivers of ash pouring out of the hole. Within an hour it rose to 50 metres and by the end of the year, it stood at 450 metres high – just three-quarters of its size now. It was last active in 1952. This two-minute aerial video tour will take you on a small exploration of this cinder cone volcano, where you will also be able to see the towns that are now completely buried by the lava.

Check it out here. 

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  • Slide 1 of 56: 05 March 2020, Berlin: The Brandenburg Gate at Pariser Platz. Photo: Jens Kalaene/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB (Photo by Jens Kalaene/picture alliance via Getty Images)
  • Slide 2 of 56: Berlin's landmark the Brandenburg Gate is pictured on early April 24, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Tobias Schwarz / AFP) (Photo by TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Slide 3 of 56: Sunbathers are seen on Bondi Beach as temperatures soar in Sydney on December 21, 2019. - Australia this week experienced its hottest day on record and the heatwave is expected to worsen, exacerbating an already unprecedented bushfire season, authorities said. (Photo by FAROOQ KHAN / AFP) (Photo by FAROOQ KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Slide 4 of 56: A view of an empty Bondi Beach after authorities closed Sydney's most popular beach on March 22, 2020. - Bondi Beach was closed after huge crowds flocked to the popular sunbathing spot despite a government ban on large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)
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  • Slide 5 of 56: MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 15, 2020: St Basil's Cathedral (also known as the Intercession Cathedral) in Red Square. Since 14 March, Moscow has experienced a cold spell, with abnormally high temperatures returning to Moscow's seasonal average ranging from -1 to -7 degrees Celsius. The cold spell is expected to last for a few days. For most of the 2019/2020 winter, Moscow and the rest of Central European Russia experienced abnormally warm weather, with temperatures averaging around zero degrees Celsius. Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS (Photo by Mikhail TereshchenkoTASS via Getty Images)
  • Slide 6 of 56: MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 01: Red Square remains empty due to coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on International Workers' Day in Moscow, Russia on May 01, 2020. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
  • Slide 7 of 56: Bordeaux (south-western France): 'rue Sainte-Catherine', shopping street in the city center. (Photo by: Andia/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
  • Slide 8 of 56: People walk in the deserted Sainte-Catherine street in Bordeaux, southwestern France, on March on 19, 2020, on the third day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus. - A strict lockdown requiring most people in France to remain at home came into effect at midday on March 17, 2020, prohibiting all but essential outings in a bid to curb the coronavirus spread. The government has said tens of thousands of police will be patrolling streets and issuing fines of 38 to 135 euros (42-150 USD) for people without a written declaration justifying their reasons for being out. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Slide 9 of 56: Catalan demonstrators chant slogans in front of La Sagrada Familia basilica during Catalonia's general strike in Barcelona, Spain, October 18, 2019.  REUTERS/Albert Gea
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  • Slide 10 of 56: BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 13: La Sagrada Familia is closed to visitors because of the potential risk of catching COVID-19 on March 13, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. As part of the measures against the virus expansion the Government has declared a state of emergency which will come into effect on Saturday. The number of people confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Spain has increased to at least 4,209, with the latest death toll reaching 90, according to the country’s Health Ministry. As part of the measures against the virus expansion the Government has declared a state of emergency which will come into effect on Saturday. (Photo by Xavi Torrent/Getty Images)
  • Slide 11 of 56: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 16, 2018: In this image: Copacabana Beach. Thousands of people enjoy the beaches of Rio de Janeiro on a Sunday of strong sun and heat near 40 degrees Celsius. The summer starts next Friday, 21st, but the heat already attracts swimmers to the beaches of Rio. hotels in the city already had a significant increase in the number of guests start arriving to enjoy the year-end festivities and the summer holidays. (Photo by Luiz Souza/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
  • Slide 12 of 56: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL â April 01 : Copacabana beach remains empty after authorities urging people to stay home as a part of coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on April 01, 2020. (Photo by Fabio Teixeira/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
  • Slide 13 of 56: BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 13: Many tourists walk near The East Side Gallery, an open-air gallery in Berlin on March 13, 2020 in Berlin, Germany shows the . Germany has implemented drastic restrictions on public and social life, as the country tackles the coronavirus pandemic (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
  • Slide 14 of 56: BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 27: Empty road near The East Side Gallery, an open-air gallery in Berlin on March 27, 2020 in Berlin. Germany has implemented drastic restrictions on public and social life, as the country tackles the coronavirus pandemic (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
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  • Slide 15 of 56: MUMBAI, INDIA  OCTOBER 17: Youngsters participate in a flashmob to make awareness in people to vote ahead of the assembly elections at Gateway of India, on October 17, 2019 in Mumbai, India.  (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
  • Slide 16 of 56: MUMBAI, - .Photo taken on April 26, 2020 shows the Gateway of India during a nationwide lockdown due to the spread of COVID-19, in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Str/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/stringer via Getty Images)
  • Slide 17 of 56: People walk down the Escadaria Selaron, also known as the 'Selaron Steps', a set of world-famous steps by Chilean-born artist Jorge Selaron in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 9, 2019. (Photo by David GANNON / AFP) (Photo by DAVID GANNON/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Slide 18 of 56: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MARCH 22: A view of Selaron Steps sealed off during a lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on March 22, 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sundays would normally be a busy day, but is relatively quiet with additional precautions being taken amid the coronavirus (COVID-19). Rio de Janeiro´s state government imposed restrictions to public transport. Bus lines and trains are closed, ferries and subway are running at a limited capacity. According to the Ministry of Health, as of Sunday, March 22, Brazil had 1.546 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and at least 25 recorded deaths. (Photo by Wagner Meier/Getty Images)
  • Slide 19 of 56: PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 09: Illegal vendors sell miniatures of Eiffel Tower near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France on August 09, 2019. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
  • Slide 20 of 56: FILE - In tis file photo dated Friday, April 24, 2020, a man wears a mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus as he walks along the Trocadero square close to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  Some Parisians broke into dance Saturday April 25, 2020, to break their coronavirus lockdown, as Nathan Sebbagh played music from his balcony, but he drew criticism and police gave him a talking to after a small but frisky crowd gathered and danced under his apartment.  (AP Photo/Michel Euler, FILE)
  • Slide 21 of 56: People walk around Times Square, also called
  • Slide 22 of 56: NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - APRIL 29, 2020: An empty and deserted street at New York City's Times Square during the covid 19 pandemic.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Michael Brochstein / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Michael Brochstein / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
  • Slide 23 of 56: AGRA, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA FEBRUARY 29, 2020.  A family take a selfie while visiting the Taj Mahal the world famous on February 29, 2020 in Agra, India. (Photo by Pallava Bagla/Corbis via Getty Images)
  • Slide 24 of 56: AGRA, INDIA - MARCH 18: A deserted view of the historic monument Taj Mahal, closed for tourists to prevent spread of Covid-19, on March 18, 2020 in Agra, India. With coronavirus cases in India inching towards 150, the government has decided to keep all the public monuments and museums - including the iconic Taj Mahal and Red fort - shut until the end of this month. This is only the third time in history that the historic monument has been closed. The number of Covid-19 cases continue to rise in India which is the second most populated country in the world behind China. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)
  • Slide 25 of 56: Tourists gather at the Great Pyramids of Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt March 8, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
  • Slide 26 of 56: TOPSHOT - The Giza pyramids necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo is pictured empty on March 25, 2020 after the site closed to the general public as a protective a measure against the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Slide 27 of 56: ROME, ITALY - MAY 20, 2019:  Foreign tourists seen in the amphitheatre of colosseum during a spill of rain on May 20, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images)
  • Slide 28 of 56: Rome. Coronavirus Emergency. Aerial View of the deserted city. Good Friday: Italian Finance Police helicopter scanning the city in anticipation of the Easter holidays. the Colosseum. (Photo by: Alessandro Serrano/AGF/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
  • Slide 29 of 56: Visitors queue outside the Pyramid, the main entrance to the Louvre museum in Paris on March 4, 2020. - The Louvre in Paris, the world's most visited museum, reopened after staff ended coronavirus walkou following a two days closing, after staff refused for a second day running to work due to coronavirus fears. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP) (Photo by PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Slide 30 of 56: PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 20: The Louvre Museum during the confinement of the French due to an outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on April 20, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images)
  • Slide 31 of 56: ROME, ROMA CAPITALE, ITALY - 2019/04/20: Panoramic view of the Trevi Fountain, Fontana di Trevi, visited by hundreds of people. (Photo by Frank Bienewald/LightRocket via Getty Images)
  • Slide 32 of 56: A view taken on April 11, 2020 shows a deserted Piazza di Trevi and the Trevi fountain in central Rome, during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP) (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)
  • Slide 33 of 56: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 31: Crowds gather at Sydney Opera House to see fireworks during New Year's Eve celebrations on December 31, 2019 in Various Cities, Australia. (Photo by Hanna Lassen/Getty Images)
  • Slide 34 of 56: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 18: Sunrise at the Sydney Opera House as seen from a drone on April 18, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday flagged that current restrictions in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 could be lifted in four weeks, should Australia's infection rate continue to flatten. Currently, all non-essential business are closed and strict social distancing rules are in place, while public gatherings are limited to two people. New South Wales and Victoria have enacted additional lockdown measures to allow police the power to fine people who breach the two-person outdoor gathering limit or leave their homes without a reasonable excuse. Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory have all closed their borders to non-essential travellers and international arrivals into Australia are being sent to mandatory quarantine in hotels for 14 days. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
  • Slide 35 of 56: A tourist poses on the Charles Bridge early morning on October 20, 2019 in Prague. (Photo by Michal CIZEK / AFP) (Photo by MICHAL CIZEK/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Slide 36 of 56: An empty medieval Charles Bridge is seen in Prague, as the Czech government restricts movement of people to slow the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Czech Republic, March 16, 2020.  REUTERS/David W Cerny
  • Slide 37 of 56: NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 12: People walk along the Brooklyn Bridge on February 12, 2020 in New York City. The iconic bridge, which spans the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn, is increasingly popular with tourists and others who often crowd the bridge's pedestrian and bike path forcing cyclists to dismount or stop. In an attempt to find a solution to the problem the City Council and the Van Alen Institute have announced the
  • Slide 38 of 56: NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - APRIL 27, 2020: The Brooklyn Bridge is pictured empty due to the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Ron Adar / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Ron Adar / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
  • Slide 39 of 56: Tourists at Red Fort in New Delhi india on 08 March 2020. Tourist flow has decreased in the national capital after the outbreak of the Covid-19 (Photo by Nasir Kachroo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
  • Slide 40 of 56: Barricades used to close the Red fort  during lockdown in New Delhi, India on 28 April 2020. Covid-19 lockdown has been extended to May 3 in India. (Photo by Muzamil Mattoo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
  • Slide 41 of 56: PISA , ITALY - AUGUST 08: The Leaning Tower of Pisa on August 08, 2018 in Pisa, Italy.  (Photo by Athanasios Gioumpasis/Getty Images)
  • Slide 42 of 56: PISA, ITALY - MARCH 10:  A view of the Tower of Pisa and a semi-deserted square Piazza dei Miracoli on March 10, 2020 in Pisa, Italy. The Italian government has imposed unprecedented restrictions on its 60 million people as it expanded its emergency Coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown nationwide. The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Italy has passed 10, 000 with the death toll rising to 631. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
  • Slide 43 of 56: Tourists stand in front the Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the liberation of Athens from Nazi occupation, on October 12, 2019 in Athens. (Photo by ANGELOS TZORTZINIS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Slide 44 of 56: A visitor wears a protective face mask as she walks past the ancient Parthenon temple at the archaeological site of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
  • Slide 45 of 56: Worshipers attend the Pope's weekly Angelus prayer outside St. Peter's Basilica on St. Peter's Square on January 12, 2020 in the Vatican. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP) (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Slide 46 of 56: Italian Police stands guard on Via della Conciliazione in Rome leading to The Vatican's St. Peter's Square and its Basilica (Rear) on April 13, 2020, during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP) (Photo by VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Slide 47 of 56: Revellers enjoy the sunrise as they welcome the winter solstice at Stonehenge stone circle in Amesbury, Britain, December 22, 2019.  REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
  • Slide 48 of 56: Security guards patrol the prehistoric monument at Stonehenge in southern England, on April 26, 2020, closed during the national lockdown due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Britain's health ministry on Saturday said 813 more people had died after testing positive for COVID-19 in hospital, taking the death toll to 20,319. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Slide 49 of 56: Tourists gather outside Buckingham Palace in London on January 10, 2020. - Prince Harry's wife Meghan has returned to Canada following the couple's bombshell announcement that they were quitting their frontline royal duties, it emerged Friday, as the monarch held urgent talks with her family to resolve the crisis. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Slide 50 of 56: LONDON, ENGLAND  - APRIL 26:  A general view of Buckingham Palace as members of the public go about their exercise on April 26, 2020 in London,England  . The British government has extended the lockdown restrictions first introduced on March 23 that are meant to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
  • Slide 51 of 56: 16 June 2019, Hamburg: Cyclists arrive at the Rathausmarkt at the end of the 25th Bicycle Star Ride. Once a year they protest in this form for their interests in local transport. Photo: Markus Scholz/dpa (Photo by Markus Scholz/picture alliance via Getty Images)
  • Slide 52 of 56: 20 March 2020, Hamburg: The Rathausmarkt in front of the town hall is almost deserted at lunchtime. Usually, countless Hamburgers and tourists cavort at this place. Photo: Daniel Reinhardt/dpa (Photo by Daniel Reinhardt/picture alliance via Getty Images)
  • Slide 53 of 56: The under-renovation Elizabeth Tower of the Houses of Parliament, now with the peak of its spire free of scaffolding, rises above pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London, England, on November 30, 2019. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
  • Slide 54 of 56: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/04/11: Pedestrians cross the nearly deserted Westminster Bridge during lockdown due to corona virus pandemic. Boris Johnson, announced strict lockdown measures urging people to stay at home. Around 78,991 cases have been confirmed infected of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and 9,875 deaths. The country is in its fifth week of lockdown. United Kingdom Health Ministry recorded a total of 84,279 infections and 10,612 death since the beginning of the outbreak. (Photo by Rahman Hassani/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
  • Slide 55 of 56: Palestinian Muslim worshippers walk past the Dome of the Rock mosque, situated in the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on March 1, 2019, before friday noon prayer. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP) / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo dated March 1, 2019 by AHMAD GHARABLI has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: (removing an irrelevant background in the second sentence). Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.        (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Slide 56 of 56: The al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem's Old City is deserted, after clerics took measures in a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, on March 20, 2020. - Israel has 433 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with another 44 in the occupied Palestinian territories and tens of thousands in self-isolation. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

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As people stay indoors and travel restrictions are imposed in response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, tourist destinations that were once bustling with visitors have now been left deserted. Click through to take a look at photos showing some of the world’s famous attractions before and after the spread of the coronavirus.

(Pictured) Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, on March 5, 2020.

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Brandenburg Gate (Berlin, Germany)

(Pictured) On April 24, 2020.

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Bondi Beach (Sydney, Australia)

(Pictured) On Dec. 21, 2019.

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(Pictured) On March 22, 2020. 

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Red Square (Moscow, Russia)

(Pictured) On March 15, 2020.

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(Pictured) On May 1, 2020. 

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Sainte-Catherine street (Bordeaux, France)

(Pictured) On July 1, 2018.

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(Pictured) On March 19, 2020.

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La Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain)

(Pictured) On Oct. 18, 2019.

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(Pictured) On March 13, 2020.

11/56 SLIDES © Luiz Souza/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Copacabana Beach (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

(Pictured) On Dec. 16, 2018.

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(Pictured) On April 1, 2020.

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East Side Gallery (Berlin, Germany)

(Pictured) On March 13, 2020.

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(Pictured) On March 27, 2020.

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Gateway of India (Mumbai, India)

(Pictured) On Oct. 17, 2019.

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(Pictured) On April 26, 2020.

17/56 SLIDES © David Gannon/AFP/Getty Images

Escadaria Selarón (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

(Pictured) On Dec. 9, 2019.

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(Pictured) On March 22, 2020.

19/56 SLIDES © Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)

(Pictured) On Aug. 9, 2019.

20/56 SLIDES © Michel Euler/AP Photo

(Pictured) On April 24, 2020.

21/56 SLIDES © Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images

Times Square (New York City, New York, US)

(Pictured) On July 9, 2019.

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(Pictured) On April 29, 2020.

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Taj Mahal (Agra, India)

(Pictured) On Feb. 29, 2020.

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(Pictured) On March 18, 2020.

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Giza Necropolis (Egypt)

(Pictured) On March 8, 2020.

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(Pictured) On March 25, 2020.

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Colosseum (Rome, Italy)

(Pictured) On May 20, 2019.

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(Pictured) On April 10, 2020.

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Louvre Museum (Paris, France)

(Pictured) On March 4, 2020.

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(Pictured) On April 20, 2020.

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Trevi Fountain (Rome, Italy)

(Pictured) On April 20, 2019.

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(Pictured) On April 11, 2020.

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Sydney Opera House (Australia)

(Pictured) On Dec. 31, 2019.

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(Pictured) On April 18, 2020.

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Charles Bridge (Prague, Czech Republic)

(Pictured) On Oct. 20, 2019.

36/56 SLIDES © David W Cerny/Reuters

(Pictured) On March 16, 2020.

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Brooklyn Bridge (New York City, New York, US)

(Pictured) On Feb. 12, 2020.

38/56 SLIDES © Ron Adar/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

(Pictured) On April 27, 2020.

39/56 SLIDES © Nasir Kachroo/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Red Fort (New Delhi, India)

(Pictured) On March 8, 2020.

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(Pictured) On April 28, 2020.

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Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy)

(Pictured) On Aug. 8, 2018.

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(Pictured) On March 10, 2020.

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Acropolis of Athens (Greece)

(Pictured) On Oct. 12, 2019.

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(Pictured) On March 13, 2020.

45/56 SLIDES © Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images

St. Peter’s Basilica (Vatican City)

(Pictured) On Jan. 12, 2020.

46/56 SLIDES © Vincenzo Pinto/AFP via Getty Images

(Pictured) On April 13, 2020.

47/56 SLIDES © Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Stonehenge (Wiltshire, England)

(Pictured) On Dec. 22, 2019.

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(Pictured) On April 26, 2020.

49/56 SLIDES © Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Buckingham Palace (London, England)

(Pictured) On Jan. 10, 2020.

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(Pictured) On April 26, 2020.

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Rathausmarkt (Hamburg, Germany)

(Pictured) On June 16, 2019.

52/56 SLIDES © Daniel Reinhardt/picture alliance via Getty Images

(Pictured) On March 20, 2020.

53/56 SLIDES © David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Westminster Bridge (London, England)

(Pictured) On Nov 30, 2019.

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(Pictured) On April 11, 2020.

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Al-Aqsa mosque (Jerusalem)

(Pictured) On March 1, 2019.

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(Pictured) March 20, 2020.

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