There are places hundreds to thousands of years old that hold a significant part of our history. However, the time has led them to be ruined by a number of factors. Here are 5 famous monuments that got ruined.
Buddhas Of Bamiyan
Two of the largest Buddha statues made were taken out in 2001 by Taliban forces because it was believed by the Sunni Muslim leadership to be idolatry.
The Colosseum Became a Quarry in the Middle Ages
What was once a place for gladiatorial games at one point became something else in the future. It became a place of good construction materials, and of course, the two earthquakes in 847 and 1231 just made this happen faster.
Aztec Templo Mayor Torn Down
While the Spaniard conquistadors were amazed at this incredible structure, they still tore it down after taking over the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. They used the stone to build the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary close by.
The Parthenon Blew Up
The Ottomans used this place as a gunpowder depot centuries ago, which caused significant damage. It certainly made this irreplaceable treasure have a scarred look.
The Sphinx’s Nose Blown Off
There are so many theories to what happened. No one truly knows. Some say that it was an accident by Napoleon’s gunners while being on a campaign in Europe. Others say a man named Muhammad Sa’im al-Dahr took out the nose because of peasants making pagan offerings to the statue.