Top 10 Things That Look Like They Survived A War


War is a time of destruction which causes havoc and upheaval with plenty of lives that are lost in the process. Some of the most ancient buildings and monuments have

been destroyed on account of fire or collapsed at the time of war. But there are some of iconic structures that look like they survived a war and have withstood tough times from Tsunami or earthquakes.

Here is a list of some of the famous landmarks or buildings that have still remained intact and survived until now. Here are the Top 10 Things That Look Like They Survived A War:

10. Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower

This building was constructed in 1869 using limestone blocks, which resembles more like a castle than a Water Tower. It was designed by architect, William W Boyinton and it has a forty meter tall standpipe used to equalize the water pressure which was pumped from the surrounding pumping station. It’s quite astonishing to note that this Water Tower and the pumping station were the only two public buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 when the whole city was buried in flames.

As a result, the Water Tower was known to be one of the icons that symbolize the resilience in Chicago. Despite several attempts of demolition, it was always saved due to public outcry and was restored finally in 1962. 

9. Talisay City Ruins in Philippines

Talisa City Ruins in Philippines Things That Look Like They Survived A War

This was once a mansion which was built by early 20th-century sugar baron, Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in memory of his wife. The building was set fire by the Filipino guerillas in the early days of World War II to prevent it from falling it into the Japanese hands who hoped to use it as their headquarters. Despite smoldering from flames for days together, the walls and the foundation of this mansion still remain intact and today these carefully preserved ruins are one of the historical attractions that are open to the public. 

8. Old Steam Mill, Stalingrad

Old Steam Mill, Stalingrad

The Hergent Mill which was built by the trio German Brothers in the 19th century was only one of the remaining buildings that survived the Battle of Stalingrad that took place between August 1942 and February 1943. The destruction was massive but this mill has still been preserved along with the Panorama Museum that has collections and resources related to this great battle along with the sniper rifle that was used during the war. 

7. Hitachi Aircraft Company

Hitachi Aircraft Company

Just to the north of Tamagawajosui Station in Tokyo’s Tachikawa ward, there is a battle-scarred building that stands alone which remains unoccupied. The pitted concrete walls are a witness to the multiple American air attacks when the World War II was nearing its end. Previously, it was a substation used by the Hitachi Aircraft Company and after 1993, it has remained unused. 

6. The Leaning Tower Of Pisa


This is one of the most famous landmarks in the world which was completed in 1372. At the time of the World War II, this tower was under the control of the Germans and was used as an Observation Post. The missile strikes by the Germans were so accurate that the Americans thought that they had lookouts in the Tower.

The top Brass send Staff Sgt. Leon Weckstein who was known for his observation skills whose thoughtful actions, ultimately saved this famous monument from being attacked and destroyed by the enemies. 

5. World War II Aircraft Carrier

World War II Aircraft Carrier

The USS Independence that was used during the World War II managed to survive and remain intact despite atomic blasts, despite spending 60 years underwater. A team of researchers that managed to find the wreck of the 623 foot USS Independence confirmed these reports last year. The ship was scuttled off the coast in San Francisco but is remarkably sitting intact and upright despite remaining under water at a depth of 2,600 feet even after 6 decades. 

4. Hiroshima’s A-Bomb Dome

Hiroshima’s A-Bomb Dome

Hiroshima’s A-Bomb Dome is regarded as a symbol of peace and was designed by the Czech architect in 1915. It was originally used as the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Hall and was just located at about 160 meters from the bomb hypocenter. The building was badly hit and most of the people inside had lost their lives. But it is believed that it was not destroyed completely. The atomic bomb blast that got vaporized in the air saved the building from a complete collapse. This building is the only surviving structure near the hypocenter of the bomb. 

3. The Miracle Pine

The Miracle Pine

The Tohuku earthquake and Tsunami struck Japan in 2011 and the entire forest in the Iwate Prefecture was destroyed, except the “Miracle Pine” among the 70,000 trees that survived. This pine tree lived for about 18 months after this natural calamity and died due to the saline water conditions that existed due to the Tsunami. In its 173-year life span, it managed to survive three major Tsunamis of 1896, 1933 and 2011. Soon after the tree died, it was cut down into sections for the purpose of preservation.

Since then, this tree was used to rebuild in the form of a monument where the trunk was reinforced with carbon spine and the branches and leaves were made of plastic. 

2. The Roman Colosseum

The Roman Colosseum

The Colosseum was among the largest amphitheaters in the Roman period which was made out of stone and concrete and unique than any other amphitheaters in the region. It was used for about 400 years but during the 1700’s it began losing its relevance with over two-thirds of the original Colosseum being destroyed. Today this amphitheater remains one of the popular tourist attractions and also a symbol of Rome and its history. 

1. The Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate Things That Look Like They Survived A War

The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most recognizable landmarks located in Berlin, Germany. However, it lost its fame at the time of the Cold War as it became a symbol of the divide between Berlin and Germany. This Gate stood between the East and the West and became impenetrable Berlin Wall. The Brandenburg Gate was the sole surviving landmark amidst the allied bombardment of the German Capital in 1945. It suffered from a bad damage resulting in holes in its columns from the bullet attacks. But soon after the reunification of Germany, it was again restored back in 2000.

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