Iconic landmarks such as Christ The Redeemer and the Colosseum in Rome are marked highly on the bucket list of intrepid travellers across the world.
It’s hard not to be left in awe of historical structures that have stood the test of time for hundreds, if not thousands, of years – but if anyone can find fault, you’ll find it on TripAdvisor.
The travel website allows anyone to leave a review of their experiences, from flights to restaurants, in the hope of helping others take in the best bits and sidestep the rest.
It means no location is exempt from criticism regardless of reputation, and not everyone who visits some of the most desirable tourist spots on the globe walk away completely happy.
The Colosseum in Italy’s capital was built 1,951 years ago in 70 AD as an imposing venue to play host to fights, dramas and executions. But one review suggests it’s not worth the visit, simply stating: “Not much of it left to be honest. But that’s my opinion”, while another warned: “The guide was confusing, mainly because I don’t know how to speak Italian.”
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, constructed between 1887 to 1889, has become one of the most recognisable structures in the world, but was written off as a “big hunk of steel that acts as reference for navigation, nothing special, too commercial.”
It continued: “Too many street vendors and people wondering why they came there in the first place.”
A second review gave a “terrible” one-star rating last September, expressing: “Waste of time. Looks better in the magazines.”
Over in Mexico, you’ll find the ruins of Chichen Itza, built in the 6th century by the Maya people and has now become a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, helping to protect it and ensure it remains untouched.
But it was the lack updates to the design that left one visitor unimpressed, who complained: “Visited the place again after seven years. Surprised to find that there is zero development on the site. Nothing new at all.”
Another negative review just reads: “The most overrated archaeological site in Mexico!!!!!!”
Then there’s Christ the Redeemer, with the statue found towering over the city of Rio De Janeiro in Brazil, and branded “Christ the Invisible by one reviewer who raged: “Due to fog, we were not able to see any of the statue, even when standing beneath it.”
The pyramids of Giza in Egypt are considered an architectural triumph, leaving historians scratching their heads as to exactly how they were constructed around 4,500 years ago.
But they did not impress ‘Mr Worldwide’ who wrote last July: “Far too hot and sand everywhere. Not great.”
Even our own treasured landmarks aren’t safe, after Stonehenge in Wiltshire was cast aside in a brutal assessment reading: “I was surprised to see it is literally a few rocks in a circle.
“Covered in moss, 20 odd feet high, rocks in a circle. I looked at my pal and said ‘surely this is a wind-up’.”
Across the Atlantic, a tourist wasn’t happy with the choice of colour on the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, questioning: “Why is she green?”
TripAdvisor said it did not wish to comment on the bad reviews.