Tourists are different and sometimes amazing people. Some are attracted to travel by the opportunity to relax, admiring the surrounding beauty, others pack their bags to replenish their adrenaline reserves.
However, there is a category of travelers who are attracted by the most unusual places. For example, they are interested in seeing where massacres or powerful disasters took place. That is, tourist places with a sad history, which, as it turned out, are abundant on Earth. The book "I was here" has even been published about this. It was authored by a photographer who has collected photos of the world's darkest tourist attractions.
1. In the Chinese province of Sichuan in May 2008, there was a powerful earthquake that killed 70 thousand people. In the course of the disaster, almost 300 thousand people were injured, about 20 thousand were missing. For reliable information, the authorities persecuted journalists and photographers. Artist Ai Weiwei managed to take pictures of the destruction area. Among the photographs, there are shots of groups of tourists posing against the background of the ruins of an elementary and secondary school, 300 of whom died in the earthquake.
2. Rwanda suffered a terrible genocide in 1994, when the ethnic majority of the country cracked down on a minority in a military coup. Almost a million people were killed in a hundred days. The killings took place at a rate 5 times the rate of killings in German concentration camps. The world community, oddly enough, did not take any measures to stop the executions. Ten years later, a memorial center was opened in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, in memory of these tragic events.
3. The apocalyptic landscapes of the Ukrainian Pripyat attract scientists and tourists from all over the world. The Chernobyl accident occurred three kilometers from the city. The local population was urgently evacuated, leaving behind almost all things. This is how this deserted city looks like a ghost. Stalkers lead excursions to the exclusion zone along official and unofficial routes.
4. The concentration camps in the Polish city of Auschwitz have been recreated as a monument to the atrocities of the Nazis. There are three of them: Auschwitz 1, 2, 3. In the basements and crematoriums, the old atmosphere is preserved, as a terrible reminder of the inhumanity of fascism.
5. The noisy crime of the 20th century in America - the assassination of John F. Kennedy - made the Dealey Plaza area (USA, Texas) a place of "pilgrimage" for everyone who still cares and intrigues about the death of the American president. There are more mysteries in this event than bright spots. This is probably why tourists come here hoping to touch the mystery that shook the whole world. For them, the situation has not specifically changed for more than half a century.
6. The Tsar's military prison in Latvia (Karostas Cietums) broke many lives. She worked (if I may say so) until 1997. Today, there are guided tours of the cells and theatrical performances that help to transport visitors into the world of the prisoner.
7. French patriots, like the Belarusian people, survived the Nazi demonstration, called the scorched earth. During World War II, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane was completely destroyed: men were shot, and women and children were burned. The ruins of the city were left intact for the edification of descendants.
8. South of Phnom Penh in Cambodia are the so-called death fields. On their territory, once planted with orchids, almost 20 thousand remains of people who were executed by the Khmer Rouge were discovered. Now there is a Buddhist temple, behind the walls of which are thousands of skulls - victims of the communist movement, which killed up to 3 million people in just three years - from 1975 to 1978.
Someone is surprised, but some are not, that next to each of the listed gloomy places tourists are taking pictures and buying souvenirs in nearby shops.