20 Oddly Peaceful Pictures of Empty Cities During Quarantine
These pictures of empty cities look strangely calm and peaceful.
What cities look like during quarantine
Needless to say, cities all over the world are looking very different than they did a couple of months ago. Due to social distancing and stay-at-home orders, once-bustling metropolises are now empty. While the circumstances surrounding this absence of people could not be further away from peaceful, the 20 photos below are downright surreal.
An empty street in San Diego
This street looks completely deserted with not a person in sight. It seems as if it’s waiting for things to go back to normal, just like us.
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Vacant freeways in Los Angeles
The City of Angels is known to suffer from notorious traffic jams—but not these days. For once, the freeways get to have some peace and quiet.
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A car-less road heading to Boise, Idaho
There has been a statewide stay-home order in Idaho since March 25, and it’s clear that people have been taking it seriously from the looks of this shot.
A clear street in downtown Toronto
Downtown Toronto is normally a hot-spot of bars, restaurants, and big crowds. Now, it looks like time is standing still.
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A deserted street in Chicago
Chicago is the third-most populated city in the United States, but you wouldn’t be able to know that by looking at this picture.
An abandoned Pershing Square in New York City
It’s normally impossible to not see big crowds trying to get to Grand Central Terminal. Without the commuters though, Pershing Square looks strangely calm.
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An unoccupied street in Venice
Colourful homes, afternoon sun, pigeons, but not a person in sight—this picture sure has a postcard quality to it.
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An empty waterfront in Shanghai
Sunny days mean big crowds for any waterfront—but not these days. Looking at this picture does still get your mind of the anxiety around you though.
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Time stands still in Porta San Paolo, Italy
Tourists flock to Porta San Paolo to get a slice of history, especially on nice days. This day though, it looks like the time has decided to stand still.
Misty Princess Street in Edinburgh
The fog, streetlights, and the lack of people gives Misty Princess Street a mysterious appearance.
A silent night in Rome
Looking at this beautiful picture of empty Rome in nightlights does give you a glimmer of hope.
A crowd-less Times Square in New York City
With the inhabitants of New York City practicing social distancing, it seems like Times Square is getting a break from all the crowds for once.
A peaceful park in Lausanne, Sweden
This beautiful park in Lausanne is almost empty, aside from a handful of people. It looks eerily peaceful and quiet.
Colourful houses on a still street
It’s just as if these colourful houses decided to pose for a picture.
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An unoccupied street in Seattle
This hauntingly bare Seattle street makes it seem like time is frozen in place.
A free and clear street at sunset
The sunset makes this empty street in Scotland look beautiful, despite the circumstances.
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A house-lined street in San Francisco
Looking at these beautiful houses on this empty street is enough to make you forget about everything else, even for a second.
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An unoccupied street in Bologna
This beautiful street in Bologna almost looks like it’s unaffected by everything that’s going on. Almost.
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