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World's most iconic places eerily quiet during the global coronavirus pandemic

The normally bustling attractions are mostly silent.

ATLANTA — The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted everyday life for billions of people across the globe. 

The spread of COVID-19 has shut down borders, forced people to shelter at home and virtually all walks of human life have had to adapt to a "new normal" of living during the pandemic. 

That new way of life feels most evident at tourist attractions across the world. From the echoing concrete pavement of the once-bustling Wall Street in New York, to the deserted shores of the usually-teeming Ipanema Beach in Brazil, sites that tourists once flocked to now stand eerily quiet.

While the world waits for the ebb, and, hopefully, ultimate end, of the coronavirus, below are what some of the most iconic places look like during this unprecedented time.

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Jackson Street Bridge

Atlanta, Georgia

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Lighter than normal traffic flow in and out downtown Atlanta Monday, April 6, 2020. Gov. Brian Kemp has issued an order to shelter in place in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Wall Street

New York City, New York

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The normally busy area of Wall Street at the New York Stock Exchange is empty on a rainy day in New York, Monday, April 13, 2020. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York's death toll from coronavirus has topped 10,000, with hospitals still seeing 2,000 new patients a day. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

Lincoln Memorial

Washington, D.C.

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A couple takes a photograph at the Lincoln Memorial, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington. The National Mall, usually packed with tourists this time of the year, is virtually empty after District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Walt Disney World

Orlando, Florida

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The road to the entrance of Walt Disney World has few cars Monday, March 16, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios were closed along with other theme parks around the state to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Jackson Square

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Jackson Square, normally bustling with tourists, is seen deserted in the French Quarter of New Orleans, due to the new coronavirus pandemic, Friday, March 27, 2020. While rich in history and culture, New Orleans is economically poor, and the people here are not necessarily well-positioned to weather this latest storm. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

St. Louis Arch

St. Louis, Missouri

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The Gateway Arch is seen Monday, March 23, 2020, in St. Louis. The Arch has been temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, California

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In this photo taken Friday, March 27, 2020, light evening commute traffic is seen on the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito, Calif. An iconic San Francisco landmark is in trouble. Traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge has dropped more than 70 percent since the coronavirus crisis. Bridge officials say they're losing about $300,000 a day in toll money, and they're asking the government for emergency funding to sustain operations. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Palace of Bellas Artes

Mexico City, Mexico

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A lone couple sits outside the Palace of Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Friday, April 3, 2020. Mexico has started taking tougher measures against the new coronavirus, but some experts warn the country is acting too late and testing too little to prevent the type of crisis unfolding across the border in the United States. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Ipanema Beach

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A man walks along the shore of an empty Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, March 26, 2020, as many people stay home to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Great Pyramids and Great Sphinx

Giza, Egypt

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This March 30, 2020 photo, shows the empty Giza Pyramids and Sphinx complex on lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak in Egypt. Like many other places in the world, the ripples of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic could end up drowning the vulnerable in Egypt. The partial lockdown threatens the livelihoods for many of Egypt's 100 million population, one of three of whom were already living in poverty, according to government figures. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Johannesburg, South Africa

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A delivery motorcyclist rides in a rain storm through what is normally one of the busiest intersection during rush hour in Johannesburg's northern suburbs Tuesday, April 14, 2020 downtown Johannesburg. South Africa is under a strict five-week lockdown credited with slowing the rate of COVID-19 infections and reducing overall crime. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Eiffel Tower

Paris, France

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This photo taken Sunday April 5, 2020 shows the Trocadero square with the Eiffel Tower in background during the nationwide confinement due to the coronavirus outbreak in Paris. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Lesdronographes)

St. Peter's Square

Vatican, Italy

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St. Peter's Square is empty due to anti-coronavirus lockdown measures after Pope Francis delivered his blessing from the window of his studio overlooking the square, at the Vatican, Monday, April 13, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Millennium Bridge

London, England

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People space out to observe social distancing, on the Millennium Bridge backdropped by St Paul's Cathedral in London, during the lockdown to try and stop the spread of coronavirus, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. The British government is promising to test thousands of nursing home residents and staff for the new coronavirus, as it faces criticism for failing to count care-home deaths in its tally of victims. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Brandenburg Gate 

Berlin, Germany

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FILE - In this March 30, 2020, file photo, the Pariser Platz square in front of the German landmark Brandenburg Gate is deserted in Berlin, Germany. Labs were quick to ramp up their testing capacity and now experts say up to 500,000 tests can be conducted in Germany per week. That quick work, coupled with the country's large number of intensive care unit beds and its early implementation of social distancing measures, could be behind Germany's relatively low death toll. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Western Wall

Jerusalem, Israel

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The Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's Old City, is empty Friday, April 10, 2020. Christians are commemorating Jesus' crucifixion without the solemn church services or emotional processions of past years, marking Good Friday in a world locked down by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Burj Khalifa

Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

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A lone taxi cab drives over a typically gridlocked highway with the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, in the skyline behind it in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, April 6, 2020. Dubai, one of seven sheikdoms in the United Arab Emirates, is now under a 24-hour lockdown over the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)


Mecca, Saudi Arabia

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Muslims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, March 7, 2020. Few worshippers were allowed to enter after dawn prayers to circumambulate the Kaaba over fears of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

New Delhi, India

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A stray dog walks on a deserted road in front a railways station entrance during the nation wide 21 day lockdown amid concern over the spread of coronavirus, in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 6, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Shibuya Crossing

Tokyo, Japan

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Fewer than usual people at Shibuya Scramble Crossing is seen Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures to ramp up defenses against the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Great Wall of China

Beijing, China

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A Chinese national flag flutters against the Badaling Great Wall of China after it reopened business for visitors weeks ago in Beijing, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. China reported dozens of new virus cases on Tuesday, most of them among travelers arriving from abroad, but no new deaths. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Photos courtesy of the Associated Press.


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