Just a few days ago a massive fire took over the pearl of gothic architecture, Notre-Dame de Paris. The images of the cathedral on fire spread in just a few moments, making the whole world shutter and whisper the words of solidarity with France. Notre-Dame has lived through wars and revolutions, but we couldn’t keep it safe in the 21st century. It’s sad, but we keep losing the gorgeous places we love, even though we have everything it takes to protect them.
Here at Bright Side we want to remember the beautiful architectural and natural sites that we’ve lost over the last 5 years, in hopes that we all can do something to stop it.
1. Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris, France
The fire at Notre-Dame de Paris shocked the whole world and became almost a personal tragedy for every French citizen. A masterpiece of French gothic architecture suffered from a massive fire on April, 15, 2019. According to police investigators, the fire started at the center of the cathedral’s roof. The causes of the tragedy are still being investigated. One of the theories suggests that the fire may be connected with the construction work that was taking place at the cathedral at the moment of the disaster.
Over the 8 centuries of its history, Notre-Dame served as a religious, cultural, and educational center for France and the whole world and inspired the most prominent artists. It survived several wars, political and religious conflicts, and it’s terribly sad we couldn’t take care of it in the 21st century.
2. Legzira Beach, Sidi Ifni, Morocco
A pair of beautiful archways on Legzira Beach have been a landmark and one of the symbols of Morocco, until one of them collapsed in September of 2016. A pile of rubble on the coast was the only thing that was left of the natural wonder that attracted thousands of tourists to the beach. Some people blamed the local authorities for the arch collapse.
A few months before the tragedy people noticed cracks and small rocks falling from the arch, so it was predicted that it was going to fall sooner or later. Local residents believe that the authorities could have shored the arch to protect it.