From Chernobyl to Pompeii: dark tourism and our fascination with death, evil and tragedy explained

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Every year, millions of tourists around the world venture to some of the unhappiest places on Earth: sites of atrocities, accidents, natural disasters or infamous death. From Auschwitz to Chernobyl, Gettysburg, the site of the Kennedy assassination and the 9/11 Memorial in New York, visitors are making the worst parts of history a piece of their holiday, if not the entire point.Experts call the phenomenon dark tourism, and they say it has a long tradition. Dark tourism refers to visiting places…

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