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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vukovar_water_tower Vukovar water tower]] in Croatia was riddled with artillery fire during the Croatian War of Independence but ultimately survived the devastating battle. The city decided to not restore the tower which now serves as a monument to the war.


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A major city has been completely levelled, whether by a marauding monster, invading alien, nuclear attack, or anything that has a tendency to cause massive collateral damage. The town is nothing but a smoking pile of smouldering rubble. But wait! What's that over there? A few buildings are still standing. And what do you know! It's TheWhiteHouse! It might be a little worse-for-wear, and probably has chunks taken out of it and bits broken off, but it's [[TheConstant still standing]] and easily recognizable.

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A major city has been completely levelled, leveled, whether by a marauding monster, invading alien, nuclear attack, or anything that has a tendency to cause massive collateral damage. The town is nothing but a smoking pile of smouldering rubble. But wait! What's that over there? A few buildings are still standing. And what do you know! It's TheWhiteHouse! It might be a little worse-for-wear, and probably has chunks taken out of it and bits broken off, but it's [[TheConstant still standing]] and easily recognizable.



* In ''Film/Oblivion2013'', during the OpeningNarration explaining how it's currently the 2070s and the world was blown to Hell and back by an AlienInvasion (to the point that the Iceland wastelands stand in for [[BigApplesauce New York State]]), we get a few shots of the destroyed Washington, D.C., and the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument and the Pentagon are free and still standing, while everything else is gone and replaced by mud flats and the Pentaggon has a neat bomb crater (implied to have been made by a nuclear weapon) smack in the middle of it.

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* In ''Film/Oblivion2013'', during the OpeningNarration explaining how it's currently the 2070s and the world was blown to Hell and back by an AlienInvasion (to the point that the Iceland wastelands stand in for [[BigApplesauce New York State]]), we get a few shots of the destroyed Washington, D.C., and the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument and the Pentagon are free and still standing, while everything else is gone and replaced by mud flats and the Pentaggon Pentagon has a neat bomb crater (implied to have been made by a nuclear weapon) smack in the middle of it.

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* In ''Film/Oblivion2013'', during the OpeningNarration explaining how it's currently the 2070s and the world was blown to Hell and back by an AlienInvasion (to the point that the Iceland wastelands stand in for [[BigApplesauce New York State]]), we get a few shots of the destroyed Washington, D.C., and the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument and the Pentagon are free and still standing, while everything else is gone and replaced by mud flats and the Pentaggon has a neat bomb crater (implied to have been made by a nuclear weapon) smack in the middle of it.


* Partially subverted in 1983's ''Film/TheDayAfter''. Towards the end, Dr. Oakes is wandering the ruins of what was Kansas City, and finds the stump of the Liberty Memorial tower; some of words on the monument are still visible.

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* Partially subverted Downplayed example in 1983's ''Film/TheDayAfter''. Towards the end, Dr. Oakes is wandering the ruins of what was Kansas City, and finds the stump of the Liberty Memorial tower; some of words on the monument are still visible. visible even though the tower itself is gone.

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*Partially subverted in 1983's ''Film/TheDayAfter''. Towards the end, Dr. Oakes is wandering the ruins of what was Kansas City, and finds the stump of the Liberty Memorial tower; some of words on the monument are still visible.


* The Pyramids of Giza and Mesoamerica, the Roman Coliseum, Stonehenge, and the Great Wall of China, among others, have survived for thousands of years, but not unscathed. None of them are intact due to multiple natural disasters and plunderings by people carrying off souvenirs or reusing their materials for other local building projects. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the reigning champion for MDR; it is approximately 4,573 years old and has only lost its funerary contents, limestone casing, and a bit off the top during the millennia. [[note]]And its not for lack of trying mind you. There have been multiple concentrated efforts to destroy the pyramids. Only ''one'' succeeded, and i was because that particular pyramid was built out of granite, which made it worth scraping. The second best attempt only made a gash in the pyramid it tried to destroy.[[/note]]

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* The Pyramids of Giza and Mesoamerica, the Roman Coliseum, Stonehenge, and the Great Wall of China, among others, have survived for thousands of years, but not unscathed. None of them are intact due to multiple natural disasters and plunderings by people carrying off souvenirs or reusing their materials for other local building projects. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the reigning champion for MDR; it is approximately 4,573 years old and has only lost its funerary contents, limestone casing, and a bit off the top during the millennia. [[note]]And its not for lack of trying mind you. There have been multiple concentrated efforts to destroy the pyramids. Only ''one'' succeeded, and i it was because that particular pyramid was built out of granite, which made it worth scraping. The second best attempt only made a gash in the pyramid it tried to destroy.[[/note]]


* In ''Main/{{Naruto}}'', Pain's Shinra Tensei destroys [[spoiler:the whole Leaf Village, but does no damage to the Hokage mountain.]] This meant that when Naruto was [[SummonMagic reverse summoned]] there, he could still be sure where he was.

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* In ''Main/{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Pain's Shinra Tensei destroys [[spoiler:the whole Leaf Village, but does no damage to the Hokage mountain.]] This meant that when Naruto was [[SummonMagic reverse summoned]] there, he could still be sure where he was.


* In ''{{Naruto}}'', Pain's Shinra Tensei destroys [[spoiler:the whole Konoha village, but does no damage to the Hokage mountain.]] This meant that when Naruto was [[SummonMagic reverse summoned]] there, he could still be sure where he was.

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* In ''{{Naruto}}'', ''Main/{{Naruto}}'', Pain's Shinra Tensei destroys [[spoiler:the whole Konoha village, Leaf Village, but does no damage to the Hokage mountain.]] This meant that when Naruto was [[SummonMagic reverse summoned]] there, he could still be sure where he was.


* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' creates a FunnyAneurysmMoment at one point in a shot of a devastated New York City. The World Trade Center is still standing, with only a few large chunks ripped out of it here and there. Also, most everything in Los Angeles is reduced to rubble except the palm trees. To let you know that yes, that ''was'' Los Angeles.

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* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' creates a FunnyAneurysmMoment at one point in a shot of a devastated New York City. The World Trade Center is still standing, with only a few large chunks ripped out of it here and there. Also, most everything in Los Angeles is reduced to rubble except the scorched and battered but still recognisable palm trees. trees.[[note]][[RealityIsUnrealistic Less silly than it sounds]]: They evolved to stand up to regular hurricanes, after all.[[/note]] To let you know that yes, that ''was'' Los Angeles.


* The Pyramids of Giza and Mesoamerica, the Roman Coliseum, Stonehenge, and the Great Wall of China, among others, have survived for thousands of years, but not unscathed. None of them are intact due to multiple natural disasters and plunderings by people carrying off souvenirs or reusing their materials for other local building projects. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the reigning champion for MDR; it is approximately 4,573 years old and has only lost its funerary contents, limestone casing, and a bit off the top during the millennia.

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* The Pyramids of Giza and Mesoamerica, the Roman Coliseum, Stonehenge, and the Great Wall of China, among others, have survived for thousands of years, but not unscathed. None of them are intact due to multiple natural disasters and plunderings by people carrying off souvenirs or reusing their materials for other local building projects. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the reigning champion for MDR; it is approximately 4,573 years old and has only lost its funerary contents, limestone casing, and a bit off the top during the millennia. [[note]]And its not for lack of trying mind you. There have been multiple concentrated efforts to destroy the pyramids. Only ''one'' succeeded, and i was because that particular pyramid was built out of granite, which made it worth scraping. The second best attempt only made a gash in the pyramid it tried to destroy.[[/note]]


** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' plays this straight with the Hoover Dam, though in real life many scientists have estimated that the Dam will remain more or less functional for thousands of years after it is abandoned, so indeed quite justified.

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** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' plays this straight with the Hoover Dam, though in real life many scientists have estimated that the Dam will remain more or less functional for thousands of years after it is abandoned, so indeed quite justified. The New Vegas Strip was also entirely preserved due to Mr. House's missile defense system shooting down any nukes aimed directly at the city (several did explode in the area surrounding Las/New Vegas, but damage to the city is minimal).
** Continuing the tradition, ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' prominently features Boston monuments such as the [=USS=] Constitution, Fenway Park, the Bunker Hill Monument, the Paul Revere Memorial, Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church, and even Walden Pond. Somewhat justified in that only one nuke was aimed at Boston, and it missed and landed somewhere Southwest of the city, in a heavily destroyed and still-irradiated area now called the Glowing Sea.


* The novel of ''{{Metro 2033}}'' mentions that the Kremlin is standing and is in pretty good shape, compared to the rest of Moscow after the city was nuked. It is explained that NATO specifically avoided hitting Kremlin, preferring to test a new biological weapon instead. Said weapon consumed everyone holed up there and eventually became [[EldritchAbomination something much worse]].

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* The novel of ''{{Metro ''Literature/{{Metro 2033}}'' mentions that the Kremlin is standing and is in pretty good shape, compared to the rest of Moscow after the city was nuked. It is explained that NATO specifically avoided hitting Kremlin, preferring to test a new biological weapon instead. Said weapon consumed everyone holed up there and eventually became [[EldritchAbomination something much worse]].



* ''VideoGame/MetroLastLight'' expands on what the [[{{Metro 2033}} book]] said about the Kremlin, and Artyom actually gets to explore it and Red Square during the game. His diary notes mention the nameless superweapon that left buildings standing while devouring all organic matter, and the agony experienced by those who died has resulted in the entire capital area being [[OurGhostsAreDifferent haunted]] by some of the most tortured spirits in all of post-apocalyptic Moscow.

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* ''VideoGame/MetroLastLight'' expands on what the [[{{Metro [[Literature/{{Metro 2033}} book]] said about the Kremlin, and Artyom actually gets to explore it and Red Square during the game. His diary notes mention the nameless superweapon that left buildings standing while devouring all organic matter, and the agony experienced by those who died has resulted in the entire capital area being [[OurGhostsAreDifferent haunted]] by some of the most tortured spirits in all of post-apocalyptic Moscow.


* The church at [[https://i.pinimg.com/originals/81/43/f2/8143f2ffd6966345f5bdfba0fa9ca13f.jpg Old Belchite]], a town destroyed during a battle in the SpanishCivilWar and never rebuilt, is still perfectly recognizable (and visitable).

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* The church at [[https://i.pinimg.com/originals/81/43/f2/8143f2ffd6966345f5bdfba0fa9ca13f.jpg Old Belchite]], a town destroyed during a battle in the SpanishCivilWar UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar and never rebuilt, is still perfectly recognizable (and visitable).

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