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Two foreign tourists take pictures on the Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy. Popular tourist sites have been deserted following the nnationwide coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
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10 Eerily Beautiful Photos of Deserted Cities

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As countries lock down in an attempt to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic, tourists have canceled their trips and citizens are being told to stay home. The destinations below are usually swarmed with tourists crowding for a good view, trying to get that perfect photo. Today they are largely empty. Streets are deserted, metro stations quiet, shops and cafes closed. These images of empty cities offer a different view that we don’t often, if ever, see—and despite the circumstances, they have a certain melancholy beauty.

Rome, Italy

A Police stands alone in front of the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy
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A police officer stands in front of the Spanish Steps on March 12, 2020.

New York, New York

Times square is practically empty of tourists
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Times Square stands mostly empty on March 21, 2020.

Madrid, Spain

Empty puerta del sol in Madrid Spain
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Madrid’s Puerta del Sol is deserted on March 15, 2020.

London, England

A lone tourist in deserted London under lockdown during the Corona Virus Covid-19 outbreak.
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A lone tourist sits in an empty Trafalgar Square on March 23, 2020.

Florence, Italy

piazza del dumo in florence, italy
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Piazza del Duomo is shuttered in Florence on March 24, 2020.

Paris, France

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
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Few tourists gather around the Eiffel Tower on March 17, 2020.

Warsaw, Poland

Empty Old Town Square in Warsaw , Poland
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Old Town Square is empty in Warsaw, Poland.

Berlin, Germany

Brandenburg gate Berlin, Germany
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Berlin’s famous Brandenburg Gate is void of tourists on March 21, 2020.

Kolkata, India

Railway platform is empty in West Bengal, India Kolkata
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A railway platform is empty for Janata Curfew in Kolkata on March 22, 2020.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

typically busy streets of Amsterdam are shown nearly empty as the Coronavirus pandemic
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The typically busy streets of Amsterdam are nearly empty on March 7, 2020.

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