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Noir Tourist Attractions

By September 28, 2019May 5th, 2021No Comments

With the appearance of TV show “Chernobyl”, the audience was drawn to the dark side of history once again. Strangely, the darkest places and events always attract attention. We are witnessing the phenomenon of media feeding itself with the human darkest drives. Or, maybe it’s vice versa? Perhaps, the media places the content that people demand to read or watch. It’s a vicious circle. Either way, these are some of the strangest and most noir tourist attractions worldwide. Justified or not, it is up to you to decide.

Chernobyl, Ukraine

Chernobyl was number one news in April 1986, when an accident happened at one of the nuclear reactors. The catastrophe that shook the world that year continues to leave people in disbelief. There are various interpretations of how and why the event of this magnitude was possible. No matter whether the Soviet government tried to cover up the errors, the fact remains that the effects of this nuclear disaster will last for app. 20,000 years.

Nevertheless, there are people who do not hesitate visiting Chernobyl, regardless of the danger from radiation. Moreover, this place has quickly become one of the most frequently visited noir tourist attractions. This also shows how strong media influence can be.

Pompeii, Italy

It could be the fact that Pompeii is located close to romantic and vibrant cities on the south of Italy, that makes it so interesting for tourists. However, this does not change the fact that the entire population of Pompeii was wiped out in a Vesuvius eruption.

However, since Italy is so full of historical monuments and art, the thought of a monument to victims of a catastrophe somehow blends in. Apparently, people are able to look at the evidence of death or catastrophic event with less emotional attachment if the events took place way back in time.

The further we are from the tragedy, the less we are able to sympathize with it.  The volcanic eruption took place in 79 A.D. Nowadays, the traces of this tragedy are still clearly visible, due to the extremely large amount of lava and ash that covered the entire city f Pompeii and preserved the remains as untouched.

Birkenau-Aushwitz, Poland

The place near Krakow in Poland is one of the monstrous places of significance when it comes to WWII. It was the largest German Nazi concentration camp. This, and many other similar places, draws attention on regular basis.

Although the very mention of this place is so macabre that it sends shivers upon one’s spine, we cannot overlook its importance. Aushwitz-Birkenau is the place that many people visit annually. Out of curiosity, we suppose. However, we would like to think that the main reason to visit this spot is the need to get to know the history and the dark side of the human nature. Above all, knowing how things can take wrong turn is a halfway in preventing similar situations to happen in the future.

Would you visit any of these places? Tell us about your reasons.

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