Ancient monuments are standing examples of the beautiful history that the country holds! It would be extremely hurtful if anything were to happen to them.
However there have been a few instances where these wonders have either been damaged slightly or completely destroyed.
Here are 7 monuments that have been damaged!
- National Museum of Natural History, Delhi
On the 26th of April 2016, a massive fire destroyed this museum including various exhibits like herpetological specimens and taxidermied animals.
The four-hour operation to contain the fire seriously injured six officials.
- National Palace, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
This heritage gem was severely damaged due to an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude on January 12, 2010 and was later completely demolished.
A true beauty lost!
- The Taj Hotel, Mumbai
This 113 year old heritage hotel was damaged during the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai. However, it was restored at the cost of 1.74 billion INR.
- Kathmandu Durbar Square, Nepal
On 25th April 2015, an earthquake of magnitude 7.9 hit the region and reduced various monuments to rubble.
- Shri Swaminarayan Temple, Gujarat
The earthquake of magnitude 7.7 on January 26, 2001 destroyed most of the state of Gujarat including this temple.
Devotees have resolved to reconstruct it.
- Taj Mahal, Agra
One of the Seven Wonders, the Taj Mahal is the best example of Mughal architecture. However it has been turning yellow due to acid rains in the surrounding regions.
- Bamiyan Buddha Statues, Afghanistan
In 2001, the Taliban blew up these 1,700 year old Buddha statues with dynamite along with many other non-muslim heritage structures.
Wish you’d visited these monuments earlier?