PHOTO This is what 21 famous destinations looked like decades ago

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For the nostalgic or for travel fans, this year has been a really problematic one. Of course, not just for them.

But the lack of a holiday in which to see or review interesting places and objectives, is not an easy thing to bear for adventurers.

Without airlines, without rental services and without large crowds, the landscape is more and more similar to the times of a few decades ago.

But what did the most popular European and world tourist destinations look like before the appearance of these factors that intensified tourism?

A selection of photos, offered by Euronews, offers a unique perspective on modern tourist attractions.

Here are the 21 images that will make you miss your travels.

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris

A man paints Notre-Dame Cathedral on the banks of the Seine, near the Ile de la Cité in Paris – July 1945.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower - 1934
Eiffel Tower, illuminated with a thermometer consisting of electric lights in Paris, France – March 16, 1934.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa - 1983
Leaning Tower of Pisa in January 1983. Pisa, Italy.

Colosseum, Roma

Colosseum - 1944
The citizens of Rome gather to watch a convoy of American troops crossing the square in front of the famous Colosseum in Rome, Italy – June 6, 1944.

The Holy Family

The Holy Family - 1949
The towers of La Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona, ​​Spain – April 1949.

Acropolis, Athena

Acropole - 1939
An overview of the Erechtheum Temple on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, on May 2, 1939.


Stonehenge - 1997
Hale-Bopp Comet seen above the old Stonehenge Stone Circle in southwest England – March 28, 1997.

Grand Pallace

Grand Pallace - 1999
Two paratroopers land near the golden towers of the Grand Palace in Bangkok during a world record mass jump – December 2, 1999.

The West Wall

The Western Wall - 1988
Israeli soldiers and an ultra-Orthodox Jew pray under a snowstorm on the western wall of Jerusalem’s Old City – March 18, 1988.

Red Square

Red Square - 1992
A militia officer passes St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow, Russia – April 30, 1992.

Jesus the Savior

Statue of Jesus the Savior - 1980
Pope John Paul II blesses Rio de Janeiro in front of the statue of Jesus the Savior on Mount Corcovado, Brazil – July 2, 1980.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal - 1932
Writer and adventurer Richard Halliburton and pilot Moye Stephens Jr. fly in their open cabin Stearman C3B over the Taj Mahal in Agra, India – 1932.

Cascada Niagara

Cascada Niagara - 1983
An aerial view of Niagara Falls on June 10, 1983 includes a look at the Maid of the Mist tourist boat in the middle of the choppy water.

The Pyramid Complex of Giza

Pyramid of Giza
US President Jimmy Carter with First Lady Rosalynn and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat visit the Great Pyramid of Giza outside Cairo.

Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan - 1928
Aerial view of Manhattan, New York City, USA – 1928.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty - 1936

Queen Mary passed the Statue of Liberty as she entered New York Harbor after completing her first voyage to the United States on June 1, 1936.

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji - 1982
Japan’s Shinkansen high-speed train travels 120 miles per hour to Mount Fuji in October 1982.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge - 1935
Workers complete the podiums of the Golden Gate Bridge, which stretches across the Golden Gate Strait, before spinning the bridge cables during construction in San Francisco – 1935.

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China - 1972
Image released in September 1972 by the official Chinese news agency showing a section of the Great Wall at Badaling Pass, north of Beijing.

The Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque - 2004
People in the snow in front of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey – January 23, 2004.

Mount Saint-Michel

Mount Saint Michel - 1946
Picture of Mount Saint-Michel taken in September 1946.


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