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36 Eerie Photos Of Empty Places Around The World During Social Distancing

By Brittany Wong

Governments around the globe have established strict stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic, leaving some of the most widely photographed spots on Earth more or less empty.

While it’s jarring to witness, say, Hollywood’s Walk of Fame or Mecca’s Grand Mosque nearly empty, it’s also impressive; seeing these locations virtually deserted is proof that we’re all making an honest attempt to flatten the curve by staying home.

Below are 36 photos of places across the world that are nearly empty due to our social distancing efforts.

Beijing

A woman wears a protective mask as she takes a photo on a nearly empty section of the Great Wall on March 27, 2020, near Badaling in Beijing, China.

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An empty 7th Avenue in Times Square on April 19, 2020, in New York City.

New York City

An empty 7th Avenue in Times Square on April 19, 2020, in New York City.

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Abbey Road zebra crossing on April 16, 2020, in London.

London

Abbey Road zebra crossing on April 16, 2020, in London.

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A picture on April 18, 2020, shows the Great Pyramids lit in blue with the message "Stay Home" outside the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

Cairo

A picture on April 18, 2020, shows the Great Pyramids lit in blue with the message “Stay Home” outside the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

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An empty staircase leading to the Batu Caves temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 30, 2020.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

An empty staircase leading to the Batu Caves temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 30, 2020.

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Mountain goats roam the streets of Llandudno, Wales, on March 31, 2020. The goats normally live on the rocky Great Orme but are occasional visitors to the seaside town; a local councillor told the BBC that the herd was drawn by the lack of people due to social distancing.

Llandudno, Wales

Mountain goats roam the streets of Llandudno, Wales, on March 31, 2020. The goats normally live on the rocky Great Orme but are occasional visitors to the seaside town; a local councillor told the BBC that the herd was drawn by the lack of people due to social distancing.

Christopher Furlong via Getty Images

The dinosaur atop the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium wears a mask to encourage people to take safety measures as coronavirus infections spread on April 19, 2020.

Los Angeles

The dinosaur atop the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium wears a mask to encourage people to take safety measures as coronavirus infections spread on April 19, 2020.

David McNew via Getty Images

An aerial view shows an empty white-tiled area surrounding the Kaaba in Mecca's Grand Mosque on March 6, 2020.

Mecca, Saudi Arabia

An aerial view shows an empty white-tiled area surrounding the Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque on March 6, 2020.

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The empty Legend Siam theme park in Pattaya on March 8, 2020. The park, which attracts up to 20,000 mainly Chinese customers a day in the high season, is temporarily closed.

Pattaya, Thailand

The empty Legend Siam theme park in Pattaya on March 8, 2020. The park, which attracts up to 20,000 mainly Chinese customers a day in the high season, is temporarily closed.

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A view of empty chairs at St. Peter's Square before the live broadcast of Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus prayer on March 8, 2020, in Vatican City, Vatican.

Vatican City

A view of empty chairs at St. Peter’s Square before the live broadcast of Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus prayer on March 8, 2020, in Vatican City, Vatican.

Antonio Masiello via Getty Images

A before-and-after composite image shows Bondi Beach with a large gathering of beachgoers on March 20, 2020 (top) and again on March 22, 2020, after the beach was closed to the public.

Sydney

A before-and-after composite image shows Bondi Beach with a large gathering of beachgoers on March 20, 2020 (top) and again on March 22, 2020, after the beach was closed to the public.

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Cats on a nearly empty street in the Medina neighborhood of Tunis, Tunisia.

Tunis, Tunisia

Cats on a nearly empty street in the Medina neighborhood of Tunis, Tunisia.

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A view of the Colosseum in the evening in Rome.

Rome

A view of the Colosseum in the evening in Rome.

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A pigeon sits in the Iberian Gate in a deserted Red Square on April 2, 2020.

Moscow

A pigeon sits in the Iberian Gate in a deserted Red Square on April 2, 2020.

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A view of empty streets, shuttered bars, and closed restaurants on Khaosan Road on April 15, 2020 in Bangkok. April 13-15 marks Songkran, Thailand's Buddhist new year celebration, when Thai people typically travel to the provinces to be with family or take part in large-scale water fights and parties throughout Bangkok.

Bangkok

A view of empty streets, shuttered bars, and closed restaurants on Khaosan Road on April 15, 2020 in Bangkok. April 13-15 marks Songkran, Thailand’s Buddhist new year celebration, when Thai people typically travel to the provinces to be with family or take part in large-scale water fights and parties throughout Bangkok.

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Empty chairlifts at the Glencoe Ski Centre in Ballachulish, Scotland.

Ballachulish, Scotland

Empty chairlifts at the Glencoe Ski Centre in Ballachulish, Scotland.

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A man prays at the nearly empty Western Wall in the old city on April 6, 2020, in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem

A man prays at the nearly empty Western Wall in the old city on April 6, 2020, in Jerusalem.

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Empty sunbeds at Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai on March 12, 2020.

Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

Empty sunbeds at Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai on March 12, 2020.

KARIM SAHIB via Getty Images

The Arc de Triomphe is almost deserted during lockdown on April 12, 2020.

Paris

The Arc de Triomphe is almost deserted during lockdown on April 12, 2020.

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Aerial view of Guanabara Park during the coronavirus outbreak in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on April 5, 2020.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Aerial view of Guanabara Park during the coronavirus outbreak in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on April 5, 2020.

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An empty Vietnam Veterans Memorial on April 14, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

An empty Vietnam Veterans Memorial on April 14, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

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A lock hangs on the center gate between the turnstiles at the entrance to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on March 16, 2020.

Anaheim, California

A lock hangs on the center gate between the turnstiles at the entrance to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on March 16, 2020.

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A photo on March 20, 2020, shows an empty street in Tehran, Iran.

Tehran, Iran

A photo on March 20, 2020, shows an empty street in Tehran, Iran.

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The empty Metro Center station on April 15, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

The empty Metro Center station on April 15, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

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A closed Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) as India remains under lockdown on April 20, 2020, in New Delhi.

New Delhi

A closed Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) as India remains under lockdown on April 20, 2020, in New Delhi.

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Looking east along Oxford Street from Marble Arch on April 16, 2020, in London.

London

Looking east along Oxford Street from Marble Arch on April 16, 2020, in London.

Barry Lewis via Getty Images

Contrasting images of morning rush hour on the 110 freeway a week before stay-at-home orders were issued in Los Angeles, and a photo of the freeway after the orders went into effect.

Los Angeles

Contrasting images of morning rush hour on the 110 freeway a week before stay-at-home orders were issued in Los Angeles, and a photo of the freeway after the orders went into effect.

Mario Tama via Getty Images

A view of the almost-empty parking lot of a closed shopping center in the Santa Fe neighborhood of Mexico City on April 4, 2020.

Mexico City

A view of the almost-empty parking lot of a closed shopping center in the Santa Fe neighborhood of Mexico City on April 4, 2020.

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Parked gondolas in a strangely desolate and silent Venice, Italy, on April 19, 2020.

Venice, Italy

Parked gondolas in a strangely desolate and silent Venice, Italy, on April 19, 2020.

Pietro D’Aprano via Getty Images

A lone passenger sleeps in an otherwise empty Amtrak car as the train pulls into Penn Station on April 9, 2020, in Baltimore.

Baltimore

A lone passenger sleeps in an otherwise empty Amtrak car as the train pulls into Penn Station on April 9, 2020, in Baltimore.

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A view inside Grand Central Terminal during the coronavirus pandemic on April 19, 2020 in New York City.

New York City

A view inside Grand Central Terminal during the coronavirus pandemic on April 19, 2020 in New York City.

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Venice Skate Park, partially filled with sand to deter people from skating there, on April 17, 2020.

Venice Beach, California

Venice Skate Park, partially filled with sand to deter people from skating there, on April 17, 2020.

Mario Tama via Getty Images

A March 31, 2020 photo shows a vacant metro station during rush hour in Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C.

A March 31, 2020 photo shows a vacant metro station during rush hour in Washington D.C.

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The center of Etretat, Normandy, on April 20, 2020, on the 35th day of a strict lockdown in France.

Normandy, France

The center of Etretat, Normandy, on April 20, 2020, on the 35th day of a strict lockdown in France.

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Roads and squares are empty in the Eminonu District of Istanbul on April 19, 2020.

Istanbul

Roads and squares are empty in the Eminonu District of Istanbul on April 19, 2020.

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An empty street with no lights on in Tokyo's Shinjuku neighborhood on April 19.

Tokyo

An empty street with no lights on in Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood on April 19.

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