Not here to see the beautiful scenery.
It seems strange that someone is not averse going to places where there were mass executions, natural or man-made disaster. But the fact remains — each year at the same point on the planet attracts crowds of tourists. Why they do it — I want to honor memory of victims, to learn historical lessons or just for curiosity, is still unclear. This same issue puzzled and photographer Ambroise of Cesena, when he learned that the train crash in Paralia in Sri Lanka — one of the largest train disasters in modern history — has become something of a tourist attraction. In his book “I was here” he gathered photos of the dark “tourist attractions” around the world.
The ruins of the Sichuan earthquake, China
A powerful earthquake occurred on 12 may 2008 in China’s Sichuan province and killed more than 69 thousand people. More than 288 thousand were injured, and 18 thousand are still missing. These figures are official sources. Publication not included in official statistics information on the victims and the investigation of corruption among local officials and businessmen, which was built samoasky building, a famous artist and dissident AI Weiwei has been harassed and arrested. In the photo a group of tourists in the city Juanico posing against the backdrop of an elementary school, killing about 250 people, and high school, where 53 people died.
Genocide memorial centre Kigali, Rwanda
The events in Rwanda of 1994 was one of the worst genocides in history, when for 100 days according to different data, were killed from 500 thousand to a million people. The military coup came to power the provisional government, consisting of the ethnic majority of the country’s ethnic Hutus. The actions of the army and militias under his command were aimed at the complete destruction of the ethnic minority Tutsi and those Hutu who held moderate political views. The rate of murders in Rwanda in the 5 times the rate of murders in the German death camps during the Second world war. Rwandan genocide is often cited as an example, when the international community and primarily the United States, is criticized for interference in the internal Affairs of other States. In many respects, passive and observant position which was occupied by the then UN allowed to happen such a tragic event. Memorial centre in the Rwandan capital Kigali was opened in 2004 in the 10th anniversary of the genocide.
In the photo — abandoned amusement Park in one of the most known today for the Ghost towns of Pripyat in Northern Ukraine. The population of the city was urgently evacuated after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which is located 3 kilometers from the city. After the accident Pripyat was abandoned, it is today and attracts lovers of extreme tourism from around the world. In 2009 Forbes named the Chernobyl nuclear power plant the most exotic place for tourism on Earth. Until mid-2011 at the Chernobyl exclusion zone, it is officially led tours. All visitors to the area can be divided into several categories: foreign scientists, local and foreign journalists, those who used to live here, and they visit the graves of loved ones, and those who just wanted to enjoy the post-apocalyptic scenery, which, however, abound in many other cities of the former USSR.
The state Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland
Museum in the Polish city of Auschwitz, dedicated to the murders in the concentration camps during the Second world war, includes three main concentration camps: Auschwitz 1 (Auschwitz in German), Auschwitz 2, and Auschwitz 3. The camp was converted into a Museum in 1947, and in 1979 is included in the world heritage list of UNESCO. Every year the Museum, which also hosts the study of the Holocaust under the Nazi regime, is visited by over a million tourists. Above the entrance to the camp, visitors are greeted by the famous inscription “Work makes you free”. In tin containers for glass in the photo — the pesticide Zyklon B, which killed people in gas chambers. One of the basement chambers and the crematorium was subsequently reconstructed from the original parts as a monument of the cruelty of the Nazis.
Dealey Plaza, USA
Dealey Plaza — the area in Dallas in the us state of Texas, where on 22 November 1963 was assassinated, President John F. Kennedy. In 1993 Dealey Plaza was declared a National historic landmark. This was done in order to preserve all historic sites and buildings that had no relation to the tragic events. Today, Dealey Plaza is a popular place for photography among tourists. Two white crosses on the pavement marks the spot where the President was caught by an assassin’s bullet. To calculate them failed thanks to the famous video of the eyewitness Abraham Zapruder. On the 6th floor of the book Depository, where, according to the official version, kept the fire assassin Lee Harvey Oswald arranged a small Museum. The JFK assassination and after more than half a century remains one of the major mysteries of the 20th century. According to surveys, about 60% of Americans believe that the death of the President was the result of a conspiracy, and only 24% believe that Oswald was the lone assassin.
Military prison, Karostas Cietums, Latvia
The building of the military prison or military prison, Karostas Cietums has remained almost unchanged since its construction in 1900. Dark place, where for centuries broke human destinies, took the last prisoners in 1997. Since then tsarist prison has become a real tourist attraction, where the range of services varies from the usual tours of authentic prison cells to these theatrical performances, participation in which can take the visitors. On the Museum’s website even offers to spend in prison for birthdays, weddings, stag parties, hen parties and corporate events.
The ruins of the village of Oradour-sur-Glane, France
Another Ghost town in this list, as well as another monument to the crimes of the Nazi regime. However, it is more a village than a city. In 1944 it was completely destroyed by German troops, who were trying to find her captured by the partisans of sturmbannführer. All the villagers gathered in the center, and then men took him to the barn and shot, and women and children locked in the Church and torched it, shooting those who tried to escape. Killed 197 men, 240 women and 205 children, five men and one woman managed to survive. After the war, in 1953, 65 of the 200 soldiers who participated in the massacre, was tried, but many of them were subsequently pardoned. The decision of Charles de Gaulle, the village was declared the memorial centre, its ruins were left for the edification of posterity.
Museum of the resistance Hezbollah, Lebanon
This exhibition under the open sky, better known as the Monument to the resistance or the Museum of the resistance Hezbollah, also called the “Hezbollah-land” or “the Museum of Jihad.” The memorial was created in the Lebanese city Mlita a militant Islamic organization Hezbollah in memory of the battles with Israeli troops that took this territory from 1982 to 2000. Tourists meet tour guides, welcoming them to “the territory of confrontation, purity and Jihad.” Most of the objects are weapons, bunkers, tunnels and other military facilities. Tourists everywhere carefully came the information that all of the military action Hezbollah waged only for defensive purposes.
The killing fields, Cambodia
Choeung Ek is the site of the former garden, where he raised orchids, and the Chinese cemetery 17 kilometers South of the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh — the most famous of the so-called killing Fields where the Khmer Rouge — the Communist movement the agrarian wing — executed about 17,000 people between 1975 and 1978. After the fall of the regime in mass graves have been found 895 8 phone Today, Choeung Ek is a memorial with a Buddhist temple, the transparent walls of which are filled more than 5 thousands of human skulls. In addition to the Church in this tourist attraction there are holes which were dug in the body. Human bones still can be seen in the mud. Over the years of reign of the Khmer Rouge, according to various estimates, were killed from 1 to 3 million people. In photo — shop.
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