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20 Beautiful Historical Structures That Are Now Sadly Gone

 One of the virtues of iconic structures like the Colosseum of Rome or the Pyramids of Giza is that they managed to withstand the test of time for millennia. Even today, visitors can walk among these iconic architectural masterpieces and admire them in their glory firsthand. Sadly, we cannot say the same about the majority of the structures we’re about to show you.
Damaged by war, destroyed by fire, or foolishly demolished, these structures were not so lucky. Nevertheless, we believe that their opulence and beauty can and should be admired and remembered, even if we can only do so through paintings and photographs.

1. The original Neue Elbbrücke Bridge in Hamburg, Germany (1887-1959). The two gothic towers were destroyed during the widening of the bridge.

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist Neue Elbbrücke Bridge in Hamburg, Germany (1887-1959)

2. The glorious Cincinnati Public Library (1871-1955). The structure was torn down to make way for a more modern building.

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist Cincinnati Public Library (1871-1955)

3. The Buddhas of Bamiyan were two 6th-century statues of the Buddha in Afghanistan. The statues were destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliban.

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist The Buddhas of Bamiyan

4. The splendor of the building is partially lost because the surrounding buildings block the natural light - the Grand Central Terminal in New York City (1929)

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist Grand Central Terminal in New York City (1929)

5. This 2,000-year-old pyramid in Sudan was demolished by an Italian treasure hunter in the 1800s.

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist 2,000-year-old pyramid in Sudan

6. The gorgeous interior of the SS Normandie (1935 -1942), a famous French ocean liner. It was ruined by an accidental fire that broke out during the ship's refurbishment for military service.

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist SS Normandie (1935 -1942)

7. The capital of Poland - Warsaw - before World War II (picture taken in 1929)

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist Warsaw - before World War II

8. The Castelinho De Ipanema (1904-the 1960s) in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, was one of the very few buildings in the Moorish style in the city. It too was sadly demolished.

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist The Castelinho De Ipanema (1904-the 1960s) in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

9. The city of Dresden pre-WWII. None of these buildings survived the war.

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist Dresden pre-WWII

10. The Old Dutch House in Bristol, England (1676-1940). Yet another landmark that was blasted to pieces during WWII.

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist The Old Dutch House in Bristol, England (1676-1940)

11. The eclectic Bowhead House (c.1500-1878) in Edinburgh, Scotland was demolished despite being regarded as one of the most distinctive buildings of the Old City by many.

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist Bowhead House (c.1500-1878) in Edinburgh, Scotland

12. The Hotel Netherland (1892-1927) in New York City photographed in 1905. It was later replaced by the Sherry Netherland Hotel.

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist The Hotel Netherland (1892-1927) in New York City

13. The Saltair Pavilion (1900-1925) was once a resort on the bank of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. The building was destroyed by a fire.

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist The Saltair Pavilion 1900-1925

14. The Medieval town of Hildesheim was one of the beautiful Late Medieval towns In Europe. The entire town was destroyed just 1 month before the end of WWII on March 22, 1945.

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist Medieval town of Hildesheim

15. This was once the oldest house in Hamburg, Germany. It was built in 1504 and demolished in 1910.

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist the oldest house in Hamburg, Germany

16. Palais Du Trocadéro (1878-1936) in Paris was torn down to make way for the Palais de Chaillot.

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist Palais Du Trocadéro (1878-1936) in Paris

17. The beautiful Old Detroit Library (1877-1931) was demolished to clear up space for a new library building.

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist Old Detroit Library (1877-1931)

18. The Crapo Building (1891) in Bay City, Michigan, was rediscovered and restored after 50 years of being covered by a bland metal facade. 

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist The Crapo Building (1891) in Bay City, Michigan

19. The Tetrapylon of Ancient Palmyra in Syria dated back to the 3rd century. The Ancient Roman theater was destroyed by ISIS in 2017.

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist Tetrapylon of Ancient Palmyra in Syria

20. The Original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The building was demolished in 1929 to be replaced by The Empire State Building.

Architectural Masterpieces That No Longer Exist Original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
Source of all images: Lost Architecture/ Reddit
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