#1 Pripyat, Ukraine was a city with a population of 50,000. It was totally abandoned after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Because of the radiation, it has been untouched ever since and will be for thousands of years.
Here’s a collection of the most haunting abandoned places in the world. It’s like a glimpse into another world without humans.
#2. Mirny Diamond Mine in Eastern Siberia, Russia is the world’s largest man-made hole. It was constructed by Stalin but abandoned when it became too difficult to continue digging.
#3. This farmhouse in Seneca Lake, New York is also a graveyard for antique cars.
#4. The Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea was started a few years before a massive famine plagued the country. In 2008, the 105-story building was coated with $150 million worth of glass. It’s said to look complete on the outside, but the inside is still abandoned and unfinished.
#5. The Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane was built in 1869. They closed in 1995. It housed 4,000 patients at its peak, and more than 50,000 patients lived and died here.
#6. The Sanzhi UFO Houses in San Zhi, Taiwan were built in 1978 with the intention of housing U.S. Military officers, but they were never completed due to the loss of investments.
#7. Six Flags Jazzland in New Orleans, Louisiana was severely damaged from Hurricane Katrina and has been abandoned ever since.
#8. Gulliver’s Travels Park in Kawaguchi, Japan opened in 1997 and closed ten years later.
#9. The Bannerman Castle in Pollepel Island, New York was built by Francis Bannerman VI as a storage space for American military surplus from the war with the Spanish. Some ammunition exploded in 1920 causing damage to much of the castle and the rest abandoned.
#10. Disney’s Discovery Island in Lake Buena Vista, Florida is rumored to be abandoned because of a bacteria that was discovered that is capable of killing humans.
#11. The Aniva Rock Lighthouse in Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russia was a former penal island used by the Russians. Now it sits uninhabited.
#12. The Canfranc Rail Station in Spain was part of the international railway route through Spain and France. An accident in 1970 destroyed a bridge nearby and left Canfranc deserted.
#13. The Chateau Miranda in Celles, Belgium was built by French aristocrats fleeing the revolution. During and after WWII, the castle was used as an orphanage. It was abandoned in 1980.
#14. Abandoned coal plant in France
#15. Eilean Donan in Loch Duich, Scotland is located in the Highlands and was abandoned until 1911, when it was restored by a retired military officer.
#16. Hashima Island in Japan was abundant with coal with over 5,000 miners once living on the island. When petrol replaced coal, the settlement was left abandoned.
#17. Abandoned Mill in Ontario, Canada.
#18. The City Hall Station in New York City was built in 1904 and closed in 1945. It was only used by 600 people on a daily basis.
#19. The Orpheum Auditorium in New Bedford, Massachusetts opened on the same day that the Titanic Sunk, April 15, 1912. A supermarket uses some of the building, the rest is deserted.
#20. Holy Land USA in Waterbury, Connecticut was a theme park based on chapters from the Bible. During its peak in the 60’s and 70’s, it attracted 40,000 visitors annually. It closed in 1984.
#21. Abandoned Power Plant in Belgium
#22. The SS America was wrecked in 1994 after 54 years of service. It still rests abandoned in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.
Pedro Lopez Batista
#23. The Underwater City in Shicheng, China had been under water since the Xin’an Rover Hydro Plant flooded the area 53 years ago.
#24. The Domino Sugar factory in Brooklyn, New York.
#25. The Red Sands Sea Forts In Sealand, United Kingdom were originally built during WWII to protect the River Thames.
#26. There are sections of the Great Wall of China that have been abandoned. The wall is 13,170 miles long and some sections receive very little maintenance because of the cost.
#27. Michigan Central Station in Detroit, Michigan was once a passenger rail depot. It closed in 1988.
Jean-Pierre Lavoie, photojpl.com
#28. Dadipark in Dadizel, Belgium was a place for children to play. It opened in the 1950’s and closed in 2002
Wim Van den Eynde
#29. Military hospital in Beelitz, Germany.
#30. Empty organ room
#31. Abandoned church
#32. The Wonderland Amusement Park in Beijing, China was designed to be the biggest amusement park in Asia. It was never completed because of financial issues.
#33. Czestochowa Train Depot in Poland
#34. Abandoned rocket factory in Russia
#35. The El Hotel del Salto in Columbia was built in 1928 for wealthy tourists visiting the nearby Tequendama Falls. The waterfall was contaminated and visitors stopped coming, leading to its abandonment.
#36. The Christ of the Abyss in San Fruttuoso, Italy was built in 1954 and was placed 55 feet underwater.
#37. Railroad in Lebanon, Missouri
#38. The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was opened in 1829 until 1971. It held prisoners like Willie Sutton and Al Capone.
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