Have you ever wondered what makes a place famous? Obviously, the answer is point of interest. Famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. Natural beauty such as the Jungfrau region in the Swiss Alps or the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Not to mention places of historic and architectural significance, from the Tower of London to the Empire State Building in New York.
However, there are some places that are famous for very strange reasons. One American town turned into a dog once its grocery store was burned down, and the Alleys of England became a prankster’s ass.
An “undiscovered” Pacific island and a growing Australian peak. Some of these places you may not want to visit, and others may prove a bit difficult unless you venture into the online world. They’re all famous for very strange reasons
The ancient city of Pompeii is famous as a civilization who (mostly) fled before their city was buried beneath the molten ash and lava from Mount Vesuvius in AD79.
However it is just 25 years since a Caribbean island which was once a playground frequented by the rich and famous suffered a similar fate.
Plymouth, once the capital city of the island of Montserrat is a modern-day Pompeii, where residents fled a volcanic eruption in 1995. The Soufriere Hills volcano had been dormant for four hundred years when it suddenly began spewing ash across the coast in July 1995.
Over 12,000 residents were forced to flee the series of volcanic eruptions which ensued, burying the city under 40 feet of ash and molten lava.
Today it is the only ghost town which remains the capital city of Montserrat. Plymouth remains in the volcanic exclusion zone, where only the most intrepid travelers venture to witness the devastation on the now uninhabitable southern end of the island.