Pripyat, a city of nearly 50,000, was totally abandoned after the nearby Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. Due to radiation, it has been left untouched ever since the incident and will be for many thousands of years into the future. Nature now rules the city in what resembles an apocalyptic movie. wikipedia.org
2. Mirny Diamond Mine – Eastern Siberia, Russia
The world’s second largest man-made hole, Mirny was constructed by Stalin to satisfy the Soviet Union’s demand for industrial diamond. Further digging efforts were eventually abandoned when it became too difficult to continue digging this massive hole. atlasobscura.com
3. Farmhouse – Seneca Lake, New York
This abandoned farmhouse in New York state also acts as a graveyard for many vintage cars which are now empty shells of their former selves. adwheelerphotography.com
4. Ryugyong Hotel – Pyongyang, North Korea
The Ryugyong Hotel is a true display of North Korea’s madness. Work started on this 105 story hotel only a few years before a massive famine plagued the country. Abandoned for 16 years, work once again began in 2008, when it was coated in $150 million worth of glass. Foreign guests have reported that although the structure now looks complete on the outside, a lot of the interior is still abandoned and incomplete. dailymail.co.uk
5. Willard Asylum – Willard, New York
Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane was built in 1869 and closed in 1995. Housing 4000 patients at its peak, more than half of the 50,000 patients who called Willard Asylum their home died within its walls. This makes the asylums morgue (pictured above) one of the creepiest places we can imagine. By its closure, most patients were eventually integrated back into society, but in the early days “people didn’t leave unless it was in a box.” usatoday.comadwheelerphotography.com
6. Sanzhi UFO Houses – San Zhi, Taiwan
These homes were intended to be sold to U.S. military officers when construction began in 1978. In 1980, work was halted due to loss of investment. wikipedia.org
7. Six Flags Jazzland – New Orleans, Louisiana
Severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Six Flags Jazzland has been abandoned since. Several of the rides still stand, a testimony to the resilience of New Orleans. Several companies have plans to develop the park, but until then it will remain as the perfect setting for a horror movie.
8. Gulliver’s Travels Park – Kawaguchi, Japan
9. Bannerman Castle – Pollepel Island, New York
Bannerman Castle’s owner, Francis Bannerman VI, built the structure as storage space after buying the American military surplus from the war with the Spanish. After 200lbs of ammunition exploded in 1920, much of the castle was destroyed and the rest abandoned. artificialowl.net
10. Disney’s Discovery Island – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
SA former wildlife attraction in the heart of Disney World, it is rumoured that the island was left to run wild after bacteria capable of killing humans was discovered in the surrounding water.
11. Aniva Rock Lighthouse – Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russia
A formal penal island used by the Russians, Aniva was once sought after by both the Russia and Japan. This now Russian controlled territory sits uninhabited in the seas between Japan and the eastern coast of Russia. wikipedia.org
12. Canfranc Rail Station, Spain
Canfranc Rail Station was part of an international railway route through Spain and France. An accident in 1970 destroyed a nearby bridge and ended international rail links between the two countires, leaving Canfranc deserted.
13. Chateau Miranda – Celles, Belgium
The castle was originally built by French aristocrats fleeing the revolution. During and after World War II, Miranda Castle was used as an orphanage. It was abandoned in 1980, with the family refusing to allow authorities to care for the structure. Because of its past, this haunting castle remains a favourite amongst ghost hunters. wikipedia.org
In the past Hashima Island was rich in coal, with over 5000 miners once living on the island. When petrol replaced coal as Japan’s main source of fuel, the settlement was left abandoned. Now the once thriving town is creepily abandoned, with only shadows remaining. wikipedia.org
City Hall Station was built in 1904 and closed in 1945 as only around 600 people used it only a daily basis. huffingtonpost.com
19. Orpheum Auditorium – New Bedford, Massachusetts
This Auditorium opened on the same day that the Titanic sunk, April 15th, 1912. A supermarket now occupies some of the building, but the rest remains beautifully deserted. April 15th 1912 April 15th 1912 urbanghostsmedia.com
20. Holy Land USA – Waterbury, Connecticut
Holy Land USA was a theme park based on passages from the Bible. At its peak in the 1960s and 70s, the park attracted around 40,000 visitors annually. It was closed down in 1984, though the grounds remain intact. wikipedia.org
21. Abandoned Power Plant – Belgium
22. Wreck of the SS America – Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
This former United States ocean liner was wrecked in 1994 after 54 years of service.
23. Underwater City – Shicheng, China
Shicheng has been under water for 53 years since the Xin’an River Hydro Plant flooded the area. The city was founded 1,300 years ago. wherecoolthingshappen.com
24. Abandoned Domino Sugar Factory — Brooklyn, New York
Built through 1912 and 1913, Central Station served as the passenger rail depot for Detroit and was the tallest train station in the world. With the closure of the line in 1988, Central Station fell into disuse and all restoration plans have failed. wikipedia.org
Hotel del Salto was built in 1928 for wealthy tourists visiting the nearby Tequendama Falls. Eventually, the waterfall was contaminated and visitors lost interest, leading to the hotel’s abandonment. desertedplaces.blogspot.com
36. Christ of the Abyss – San Fruttuoso, Italy
Guido Galletti built this statue of Christ in 1954 and placed it into the water at a depth of 55 feet. wikipedia.org
adwheelerphotography.comOperated from 1829 until 1971, Eastern State was one of the first modern penitentiaries. Now a national landmark, the prison was designed in a revolutionary wagon wheel shape which became a globally adopted style. Eastern State held the likes of Willie Sutton and Al Capone. If only walls could talk…
The adventurous part of me is dying to explore every single one. I can only imagine the mysteries that lie just beneath the surface.
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