Beautiful Abandoned Places

75 Beautiful Abandoned Places Around the world

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We as humanity have been creators of magnificent structures only to allow nature to reclaim them.  Reasons for abandonment are many.  These places of art, engineering, and ingenuity give us a window to our past to gaze through as well as the keys to the vulnerability of our future.  With 75 places worldwide, no nation is immune to abandonment.

75 Eerily Beautiful Abandoned Places

1.     Kolmanskop, Namibia

Kolmanskop was a booming diamond mining town near the coast.  Following WWII the mines were depleted of their treasures and Kolmanskop became a ghost town.


2.     Chernobyl, Ukraine

In April 1986 the Chernobyl, Ukraine nuclear plant had an explosion, the worst nuclear disaster in history which scored 7/7.  The conditions remain unlivable still today.


3.     Pripyat, Ukraine

Amusement park in Pripyat as part of the exclusion zone following the Chernobyl disaster.

Alexander Blecher

4.     Maunsell Sea Forts, England

Erected during WWII by Britain as a means of defense against air and naval raids should the German forces attempt attacking along the Thames and Mersey rivers.  They were left shortly after the end of WWII in 1950.


5.     Chateau Miranda, Belgium

Chateau de Noisy, formerly known as Chateau Miranda was once a magnificent place in the open country of Belgium. After it was used as a children’s camp for ill children it was given the name Chateau de Noisy.

Pel Laurens

6.     City Hall Subway Top, New York

A lot more time and artistry went into the design of this particular subway stop because of it’s location, under City Hall.  Unfortunately, also because of its location, it was not a very busy stop.  As the speed of the trains increased the curved design used at this stop made it no longer viable.

7.     Tequendema Falls, Colombia

Columbia boasted this magnificent hotel to international visitors who came to see the 157 meter waterfall.

8.     Beelitz, Germany

Tucked away in the forest not too far from Berlin is the Military Hospital of Beelitz, Germany.  Originally used to treat tuberculosis patients until the WWII where it was turned into a military hospital.


9.     Hashima, Japan

Gunkanjima,  Battleship Island, or Hashima Island all are names given to this island off the shore a Nagasaki, Japan.  Once inhabited by thousands who were in the coal mining business.


10.     Sydney, Australia

Nature has reclaimed these 102 year old ships.  They are a permanent part of Homebush Bay in Sydney, Australia.


11.     House of Bulgaria’s Communist Party

This was once the House of Bulgaria’s Communist Party.  With its UFO similarities the exterior is as eerie as the interior.

Natalie Brown

12.     Wonderland, China

China’s Wonderland just outside of Beijing was supposed to be the equivalent to Disneyland.  Unfortunately disagreements over property prices between government and farmers stopped it from ever opening.


13.     Holland Island, Michigan

Holland Island was once a little island community in the Chesapeake Bay area until erosion ate away at the island leaving no room for the homes.  This home too, collapsed in 2010.


14.     Monceau, Belgium

This is part of an old cooling tower of a power station in Monceau, Belgium.

James Mailer

15.     Dreamland, Japan

Inspired by Disneyland, Japan once had its own amusement park that only operated from 1961 to 2006.

Jordy Meow

16.     Cape Romano, Florida

Built off the coast of Florida in Cape Romano, these odd dome shaped structures were built as summer home for Bob Lee in 1981, but have since fallen into disrepair.


17.     Michigan Central Station, Detroit

Michigan Central Station, Detroit. It was built to become the transportation hub of Detroit in1913 but due to engineering oversights it closed in 1988.

Albert duce

18.     New Bedord Orpheum, Massachussetts

Opened in 1912 as a theater and building for entertainment it was in use for nearly 50 years.  After closing its doors as a theater it was used as a storage building and supermarket.


19.     Angkor Temple, Cambodia

Angkor Wat translated means “City of Temples” and rightfully so, this is the world’s largest religious monument.  It has been standing since the end of the 12th century.

Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

20.     Bodiam Castle, England

This is the epitome of what we think when it comes to castles.  It emerges from the mist, surrounded by a moat and has the original military fortifications still in tact, a very impressive structure.

Antony McCallum

21.     Czestochowa, Poland

Where trains go when they are no longer needed, the abandoned train depot.


22.     Sarajevo

Left form the 1984 Winter Olympics.  This bobsleigh track is one of many structures built for the world that has fallen to ruins.

Julian Nitzsche

23.     Craco, Italy

Natural disasters such as landslides, flooding, and finally an earthquake turned this long standing town desolate.   Originally built around the 5th century it stood until 1980.


24.     Antarctica

This yacht remains submerged in the icy waters of Atarctica.


25.     Sorrento, Italy

“Valley of the Mills” that is what this place is known as.  Buried in a deep ravine is where you find this mill that has been standing since 900AD.


26.     Keelung, Taiwan

The residential buildings were left unfinished and had been slowly overtaken by nature.


27.    Russian Rocket Facility

Ever wonder what the inside of highly confidential rocket facilities look like?

28.    New York, New York

This is a building on a small, nearly forgotten completely abandoned, island named North Brother Island.


29.    Lawndale Theater, Chicago

This was once a grand theater built in the center of a thriving community at it prime.

Bryan Krefft

30.     Panvel, India

Built as a fort for the Prime Minister to keep an eye on neighboring settlements, it has been coined the most dangerous fort on earth.   The steps were carved out of the stone they climbed, a tremendous feet in itself.

Rohit Gowaikar

31.     Bodie, California

A Ghost town that is frozen in time was once a booming gold mining town.  Everything is just as it was in the late 1800’s.

32.    Talisay City, Phillipines

The skeletal remains of this mansion leave it completely see-through and make it a striking structure to see.


33.    Sutton Scarsdale Hall, England

A grand mansion that was commissioned to be built in 1724still stands as stately as it did in its prime.  The interior was stripped and auctioned, today some of those pieces of art can still be viewed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Iain M Barker

34.     Ruperra Castle, Whales

Built in 1626 it has housed King Charles I, and remained in the Morgan family until the mid-1900’s.  It was abandoned after it was gutted by a fire in 1941.

Andrew King

35.     Pidhirtsi Castle, Pidhirtsi, Ukraine

The once lavish interior of this mansion was greatly destroyed by soviet soldiers during WWI.  What was left of the grand interior was destroyed by a fire that burned for three weeks in 1956.


36.     Halcyon Hall, Bennett College, Millbrook, New York

Intended to be a fine hotel when it opened its doors in 1890.  After only a decade it was turned into a school of girls of prominent families.


37.      Kasteel van Mesen, Lede, Belgium

This 500 year old building was used as a castle, gin distillery, tobacco factory, and a boarding school.  Unfortunately it was demolished in 2010.


38.      Bannerman Castle, Bannerman Island, New York

Francis Bannerman, a Scottish immigrant purchased the island and built this castle to advertise.  It has since had a fire that destroyed the interior and roof and one third has been destroyed.  The island stands completely abandoned except for this structure.

Garrett Ziegler

39.     Prince Said Halim’s Palace, Cairo, Egypt

This used to be one fo the best secondary schools for boys it the country, it has been empty since 2004.


40.    Baron Palace, Cairo, Egypt

A very odd structure with a rich history that is reputed to be haunted.

amr moustafa shalaby

41.     Taiching, Taiwan

The interesting combination of western Baroque styling with symmetrical wings on either side of the courtyard show the styling of Feng Shui, a intriguing mix of architectural styles.

42.      Villa de Vecchi, Cortenova, Italy

A perfect summer villa built on the Lake Como, Italy was anything but perfect, known as the Ghost Mansion due to the untimely demise of its architect, death of the counts wife and disappearance if his daughter has left this mansion undesirable.

jeff kerwin

43. Harborough Rocks Lead Mines, Derbyshire , England

Ruins run deep in the countryside as four large pillars stand as a reminder of the great lead mines that employed hundreds.

Morris M

44.    Belgian Car Graveyard

US soldiers parked their cars with plans to later retrieve them, shipping them home was too costly, the soldiers  never did return to bring them home.  Now corrosion ansnature have reclaimed them.

Emma Reynolds

45.     Mary Murphy Mine, Colorado

Decrepit mine along the hillside in Colorado.


46.     Ural Mountains, Russia

During the height of WWII Russia moved their mines to the Ural Mountains to keep up with tht e demand of ore for the military.  Carts are still loaded with ore and have been sitting since the end of WWII decades ago.

47.     Fort Alexander, Russia

The ultimate defense fortress with 360 degree cannon firing ability, this fortress was built during the Crimean War on a manmade island just off the shore of St. Petersburg.  Following that it was converted into a plague research center.

Andrew Shiva

48.     Yanchep, Australia

Neptune still welcomes any onlookers that come to Atlantis Marine Park to see modern decay.  It once housed dolphins, penguins, sea lions and other aquatic life but had to close its doors in the 1980’s when regulations changed for the animal enclosures.


49.     Victoria, Australia

Aradale Mental Hospital was built in 1863 to house the thousands of “lunatics” that was becoming a widespread problem in Victoria at the time.  It was a self sustaining community with markets, farms, orchards, gardens, vineyards and livestock. It closed its doors for good in 2001.

Paul Kiritsis

50.     New South Wales, Australia

Helensburgh Train Station has become a strikingly beautiful sight that is nearly completely overgrown and hidden with ferns and lush green vegetation.  It has had over a century to be reclaimed by nature.


51.     New South Wales, Australia

Rozelle Tram Depot was once the world’s most sophisticated tram way in its day of 1918.  Original trams have since become their own works of modern urban art layered in graffiti.


52.     Greenland Military Bunker

Gaze into the cold war era as you see this underground bunker.  As one of the northernmost towns in the world this bunker has over three feet of ice on the floor that never gets a chance to melt so it is slowly being consumed by ice and snow.

Julia Rosen

53.     Takakunuma, Greenland

An off the grid massive amusement park has become overgrown by forests.  At first opening it operated for two short years before closing for eleven years due to repairs or possible accidents that occurred.


54.     Kangbashi, China

A city built for over one million people but barely a third actually moved in.  With promise of political, economical, and educational opportunities the government built this city but high prices discouraged most potential buyers.

55.     Rinville House, Ireland

Rinville House is overgrown with decades of foliage, it was built by one of the original tribes of Galway.  You would never guess it was at the center of a 1400 acre estate.

Tom Moran

56.    Ardfry House, Ireland

Ardfry House was lost due to the Earle’s wife’s gambling addiction, she lost the house and all its furnishings and even the lead was stripped from the roof to fund her addiction.

Tom Moran

57.     Tyrone house, Ireland

The most impressive mansion of Galway, the Tyrone house, was built overlooking the Atlantic ocean and was destroyed by the Irish Republican Army (IRA).  It twas purchased in 1972 by Georgian Society but remains a ruin today.

Tom Cosgrave

58.     Calabria, Italy

A town built on the mountainside that was populated from 640 BC until an earthquake damaged much of it 1783.  It was left completely uninhabited until volunteers repaired roads and houses in the 1980’s, now it is partially restored.


59.     Roscigno, Vecchia, Italy

This town was abandoned following a landslide.  Residents built Nuovo Roscigno 1.5 km away and they never did return to Roscigno vecchia.  The ghost town stands as a eco-mueum since early 2000.

Annalisa Saggese

60.     Celleno, Italy

Origins of this town are unknown, but thought to be from the Etruscan era.  It is located about 80km northwest of Rome.

Andrea Di Palermo

61.     Balestrino, Italy

A very mysterious town that has no written history.   It still stands as if frozen in time, one theory suggests an earthquake drove the residents from their home.

Davide Papalini

62.     Bolzano, Italy

Lake Reschen is a manmade lake with a 14th century submerged church in the center.  IN the winter months it freezes over and you can walk out to the steeple of the church.

Markus Bernet

63.     Klevan, Ukraine

Also known as the tunnel of love, it originally was an amusement railway.

Myroslava Rakovets

64.     Berlin, Germany

Spreepark built by the river Spree was the only park of its kind in Germany, east or west.  It closed with a large amount of debt leaving attractions to fall into disrepair.

Sherry Ott

65.     Canfranc, Spain

When a train derailment demolished a bridge on the French side of the  mountain they decided to not rebuild it.  The cross border line was no longer needed.

Jean-Pierre Bazard

66.    Hokkaido, Japan

The Taushubetsu Bridge is incompete disrepair found in the center of the island.  It is forbidden for people to visit and walk it, due to bears!

67.     France

Beautiful overgrown railway in France.


68.     France

Stunning castle that has been reclaimed by trees form the inside and the surrounding water on the outside.

Pierre Mairé

69.     Istanbul, Turkey

This mosque in the neighborhood of Faith stands derelict and has a history of being haunted.

70.     Cahawba, Alabama

Ghost town, that used to be the state capital of Alabama.  Due to frequent flooding the town was abandoned and the capital city was moved.

Marianne Riddile

71.     St. Elmo, Colorado

Silver and gold drew thousands to this once booming mining town that is now  serves as a popular tourist stop.

Rolf Blauert

72.     Silver City, Idaho

A silver mining town in the mountains of Idaho remains nearly intact where tourists can walk the streets of the ghost town.  It is over 100 years old and has the original wooden framed buildings lining the streets.

73.     City Methodist Church in Gary

If this looks familiar you may have seen it in Transformers.  In the 1920’2 it cost 1 million dollars to build this church.  It has since been closed and used for multiple movie shoots.

74.     Oregon

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.  When the original occupants left no one replaces them due to the harsh weather conditions and isolation of this particular light house.

75.    Wyoming

Along the infamous ORegon Trail.  One of tha last original structures built by the immigrants crossing the country.

Anna-Katharina Stöcklin