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20 Oddly Peaceful Pictures of Empty Cities During Quarantine

These pictures of empty cities look strangely calm and peaceful.

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Shanghai Exhibition Center for Art Architectureguowei ying/Getty Images

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.

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Photo Journalism of San Diego,ca. COVID-19Brandon Colbert Photography/Getty Images

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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Freeway overpass/ COVID19Brandon Colbert Photography/Getty Images

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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Empty Street Towards Boise Downtown due to Coronavirus PandemicDarwin Fan/Getty Images

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.

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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.

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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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Colourful house walls in Burano, Venice, ItalyStefan Cristian Cioata/Getty Images

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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The Bund Shanghai During Lockdown in a Sunny Day Because of COVID-19shen wei/Getty Images

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.

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Empty streets, Rome, Palm Sunday, COVID-19Maxim Burlyay/Getty Images

Deserted streets of Rome

Rome’s inhabitants are all staying in their homes to prevent the spread of the pandemic. It looks like the city’s streets are silently waiting for their return.

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Edinburgh - Misty Princes StreetKenny McCartney/Getty Images

Misty Princess Street in Edinburgh

The fog, streetlights, and the lack of people gives Misty Princess Street a mysterious appearance.

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A silent night in Rome

Looking at this beautiful picture of empty Rome in nightlights does give you a glimmer of hope.

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City with no traffic on the streets but an ambulanceLuis Cagiao Photography/Getty Images

The sleepy streets of A Coruña, Spain

Looking at this picture, you could think that the city’s inhabitants decided to take a collective afternoon nap.

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Time Square at DaybreakYukinori Hasumi/Getty Images

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.

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The empty parks of Lausanne during COVID-19 quarantineMargarita Almpanezou/Getty Images

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.

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Empty city streets during COVID-19 pandemicMargarita Almpanezou/Getty Images

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.

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Edinburgh - Empty Shandwick PlaceKenny McCartney/Getty Images

A free and clear street at sunset

The sunset makes this empty street in Scotland look beautiful, despite the circumstances.

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View Of Trees And Building Against Blue SkyVictoria Semenjak/EyeEm / Getty Images

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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Empty street in Bologna,ItalyStefan Cristian Cioata/Getty Images

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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