Stories of Most Mysterious Abandoned Places In The World
Have you ever noticed an abandoned house or area before? Well, you must have. While abandoned houses have a reputation for being spooky, there are lots of practical reasons (which are not creepy) why a house or area becomes deserved. The financial crisis, natural disasters, economic boom, war, and ecological catastrophe are some of the reasons people abandon their houses or places.
We have compiled a list of amazing houses and areas which have been abandoned --some of them are over 100 years old, and have been left behind for years! Brace yourself as you about to explore the astonishing world of forsaken and abandoned houses and areas.
Hirta – Scotland
Do you know Hirta is the largest island in the St Kilda archipelago, right on the western boundary of Scotland? Well, it is. The beautiful landmass was once inhabited by a whole village way back since the 1830s -that is a long time ago! Unfortunately, the population of the island gradually depleted, especially because of political transformation in the region.
Many residents willingly decided to pack their belongings and migrated to another place they could call home. Finally, on August 29, 1930, the remaining 36 residents relocated to Modern on the Scottish mainland at their own entreaty. The island was later entrusted to the National Trust for Scotland in 1957. Afterward, it was appointed as Scotland's first World Heritage Site in 1987. Good news is, you can visit the island.
Dome Homes – Florida, USA
This dome house also is known as The Cape Romano Dome House was constructed on the coast of Marco Island off Cape Romano in the Ten Thousand Islands of Collier County, Florida in 1980. It was built in 1980 by Bob Lee -a retired businessman. Originally, the house was constructed by Lee for vacation intent and was meant to sit on the land. However, it was abandoned in 1992 because it was no longer habitable, and purchased in 2005 by John Tosto.
Despite being built to stay firm on land, shoreline erosion resulting from shifting coastline has crumbled the dome house into water. In 2016, the house was about 180 feet offshore, and after Hurricane Irma affected the area in September 2017, two of the western-most domes completely collapsed into the ocean. The ownership of the house has been bequeathed on the state. We wonder if Florida's government has a plan for the dome house.
Villa – Lake Como, Italy
There is something about this Villa in Lake Como, Italy that sends chills down our spine. Apart from its spooky look, the legend that surrounds it remains a mystery. According to locals, the home was built in the 1800s, however, there are no proofs to back this up. Legends and rumors say the house was utterly deserted following a tragic suicide or murder by members of the family who inhabited it.
However, no one knows how accurate the story is. For all we know, it could be a fabricated one. Nonetheless, locals have warned visitors to stay away from this once-grand building with amazing architectural designs. On a lighter note, the home seems like a perfect place to shoot a horror movie, don't you agree?
Berlin – Nevada, USA
Are you aware that there is a place called Berlin in Nevada, not Germany? Well, there is, and the reason why probably haven't heard of it is that it is now an abandoned site. Berlin became prominent in 1897 during the mining boom era. After the commission of the Berline Mine, it was established as a division of the Union Mining District.
Sadly, the town never became as successful as other boom towns at the time like Tonopah, and Goldfield. Things got worse during the Panic of 1907 as many people relocated from the town in 1911. The site now belongs to the state of Nevada, and it is part of Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park. Thank goodness, there is nothing creepy about the town, so you can visit and explore the area.
Kolmanskop – Namibia
Kolmanskop was established in 1908. It is situated in Namib in the southern part of Namibia, about 10 kilometers away from Lüderitz. While working in the region in 1908, a worker -Zacharias Lewala discovered a diamond and called his supervisor -August Stauch's attention to it. Knowing that the area is rich in diamonds and other natural resources, numerous people mostly German miners migrated to the area.
The town had basic amenities and institutions such as power station, ballroom, school, hospital, theatre, sports hall, casino, and even an ice factory. However, following the depletion of rich field, the town was largely deserted in 1958. The ghost town is now a tourist center operated by the joint firm “Namibia-De Beers.” We heard the place is quite famous among photographers, and we are not surprised!
Pripyat – Ukraine
Pripyat -could also be referred to as “Prypiat.” It is a ghost city situated in northern Ukraine, close to the Ukraine–Belarus border. The city got its name from the close by the river -Pripyat River. It was established on February 4, 1970, and was the ninth nuclear city in the Soviet Union. The city was founded a place of residence for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers.
At the time of the Chernobyl disaster, the number of residents in the city was about 49,360. Everyone was removed from the city on April 27, 1986, due to the rise in radiation in the environment, the day after the catastrophe. Even though it is considered safe to visit the area, no one is allowed to tour the place alone without a professional escort. Also, visitors’ radiation levels are routinely checked before they exit the area.
The Kilchurn Castle – Scotland
Kilchurn Castle is a wrecked building on a rocky peninsula found at the northeastern edge of Loch Awe, in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It was initially built in the mid-15th century as the home of the Campbells of Glenorchy, who expanded their territory in the region over the next 150 years. However, after the Campbells were appointed as the Earls of Breadalbane, they moved to Taymouth Castle, and Kilchurn was deserted.
The castle was already dilapidation by 1770. Now, the Historic Environment Scotland is in charge of it. The place is generally open to visitors in summer. This destination should make it to your bucket list! Marveling at an incredible structure that has been left in ruins for over 300 years would simply blow anyone's mind away.
Kayaköy – Turkey
This Turkish ghost-town is situated in 8km south of Fethiye in the Lycia province. The Greek-speaking Christian residents and Turkish-speaking Ottoman leaders lived peacefully together until the early 20th century. Due to the growth of nationalism, many Greeks and other Christian minorities in the Ottoman Empire were persecuted.
The town was hugely depopulated in 1918 — finally, the town's indigenous residents who remained evacuated the area in 1923. Generally, the village is empty except for visitors, vendors, and residents who occupy a few chosen houses that have been repaired. The town is now designated as a village museum in the country. If you happen to be visiting or driving through Fethiye, Kayaköy is a great stop spot!
The Floating Forest – Australia
SS Ayrfield -the 102-year old ship in the above picture was built in 1911 in the UK. The 1,140-tonne steel vessel was originally named “SS Corrimal.” It was meant to be an Australian steam collier, but it was used as a Navy transport craft in World War II for American soldiers. It was in full use until 1972, when it was decommissioned and left at Homebush Bay. The bay is known as a “ship graveyard.”
However, over the years, the SS Ayrfield has become home to mangrove trees and superabundant vegetation. Now, visitors can visit this destination to catch a glimpse of the ship. The beautiful scenery will literally take away your breath. You are welcome!
Allerheiligen Monastery – Germany
As disclosed by tradition, the foundation of this monastery was laid in 1192. This implies that the monastery is nearly 900 years old! Amazing! The area of the structure is about 620 meters above sea level in the upper valley of the Lierbach close to Oppenau. Today, the building stands tall despite its ruins. The monastery survived large fires, in 1470 and 1555, which had already wrecked parts of its structure.
Then, in 1804, the third andast fire, began when a bolt of lightning struck the church tower. This storm particularly left the monastery in ruins. The building was left alone until the 19th century, when the structure, what was left of it was secured and preserved. Now you'd find a church, cafe, small museum and a holiday center at the site.
Ta Prohm Temple – Cambodia
Ta Prohm which was originally known as “Rajavihara” is a temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. It was constructed between the late 12th and early 13th centuries. It is located at about one kilometer east of Angkor Thom and on the southern end of the East Baray. The temple was established by the Khmer King Jayavarman to serve as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and University.
However, after the fall of the 17th-century empire, the temple was deserted. Over the years, Ta Prohm has retained some of its original features. Over the years, trees have grown out of the wreck, and jungle surrounds it. The site of Ta Prohm has become one of the most famous and visited the temple by tourists. Who wouldn't be interested in visiting such an amazing location?
Maunsell Army Sea Forts – UK
The Maunsell Forts are armed towers constructed in the Thames and Mersey estuaries at the time of the Second World War in 1942. It was built to help protect, and fortify the United Kingdom. The sea forts were named after Guy Maunsell, the man who designed them. The forts were demilitarized in the late 1950s.
Later on, it was used for a couple of activities such as pirate radio broadcasting, but it has been halted. One of the forts is preserved by an unknown Principality of Sealand. Also, a community known as Project Redsands is preparing to preserve the fort located at Red Sands. While it seems that the entire forts are empty, it is quite possible that it is not as abandoned as we think.
Bodiam Castle – UK
Bodiam Castle is a 14th-century moated castle situated close to Robertsbridge in East Sussex, England. It was built in 1385 by a one-time Knight of Edward III -Sir Edward Dalyngrigge. It was built with the approval of Richard II. Bodiam Castle was intentionally built fortify and guard the area against French breach at the time of the Hundred Years’ War.
The castle was home to the Dalyngrigge family and the manor of Bodiam. However, soldiers later left the castle. The National Trust has been the holder of the Bodiam Castle since 1925 after it was donated to them by Lord Curzon on his demise. The site is generally accessible to the public; you know what's more interesting? Visitors get to cross a most!
The City Methodist Church – Indiana, USA
The City Methodist Church, which was later renamed became City United Methodist Church is a deserted church located in Gary, Indiana. At a time, it was the largest Methodist Church in the Midwest boasting of 3,000 members. The church was founded by Dr. William Grant Seaman in 1975, and constructed by Lowe and Bollenbacher of Chicago.
The first service held in the church was on October 3, 1926. It took about 21 months and a sum of $800,000 (very huge amount at the time) to complete the structure. After being in full operation for over 50 years, the church was abandoned in 1975. Apparently, as many residents of Gary relocated due to the rise in crime rates, and other social issues, the church became depopulated. Also, when it became hard to maintain the huge structure, they unanimously decided to close down the church.
The Kyiv River Boat – Kyiv, Ukraine
This hydrofoil brings back memories of the Soviet era, however, it has been abandoned. The boat was built to convey people along the Dnieper, in Kyiv in the direction of the Kyiv sea. Till date, it stands as the sole single-deck with climax speed passenger vessel.
At the highest point, it is evaluated that the rocked called “Sunrise” have the capacity to travel as fast as 60km per hour. Nature has had a lasting c though government officials do not endorse it. It will surely be nice to visit the area, however, the officials must have a valid reason for not recommending it. What do you think?
Hotel Del Salto – Colombia
This hotel officially known as “La Casa del Salto del Tequendama” was once one of the most luxurious structures in its time. It was originally built in 1923 for renowned architect Carlos Arturo Tapias as a residence. However, in 1928, additions were made on the building and were launched as a hotel. The hotel was constructed to capture the view of the Bogota River. Later on, tourists began losing interest in the hotel, and it was completely closed down in the early 1990s.
Furthermore, the spot is known to be famous for lots of suicide in the past. This has made many believe that it is haunted. Hence, the hotel closed in the early part of the 1990s and was left abandoned ever since. The fact that many people in the past chose that spot to commit suicide, made many believe that the hotel is haunted. In fact, visitors have recounted hearing creepy voices at night. We do not think it's a location many people are ever hoping to visit.
Michigan Central Train Station – USA
The building is situated in the Corktown district of Detroit close to the Ambassador Bridge, about 1.2 km southwest of downtown Detroit. Roosevelt Park found in the city provides an entrance to the station. The station was built for the Michigan Central Railroad, and it was in full operation until the termination of Amtrak service on January 6, 1988.
Also, as the economy declined, the station gradually crumbled, and it was officially closed in 1988. Over the years, the station has become a notable site in Michigan, with Eminem featuring it in his film, “8 Mile.” There are rumors running around that FORD has interest in purchasing the station. You should certainly try to visit this site.
I.M Cooling Tower – Belgium
Power plant IM was initially built in 1921, and at the time it was one of the biggest coal-burning power plants in Belgium. Water would be allowed into the cooling tower where it would be chilled by the wind that came in from portals in the bottom of the tower, letting out puffing columns of hot air.
During the year 1977, the power plant and its large tower was the primary source of energy in the region. It is also said to have the capacity to cool down 480,000 gallons of water each minute. Today, the structure has been deserted, and we are not certain if the government plans on opening it any time soon.
Last House on Holland Island – USA
Holland Island was a swampy, swiftly deteriorating island found in the Chesapeake Bay, in Dorchester County, Maryland. The house in the above picture was the last notable evidence that people once stayed on the island. The island once had a reasonable number of residents who were primarily watermen and farmers. Particularly, in 1910, the island boasted of about 360 inhabitants, making it one of the largest populated islands in the Chesapeake Bay.
The island body also had 70 homes, stores, and other buildings plus a post office, community center, church, baseball team, a two-room school, and a doctor. However as wind and tide began affecting the island, residents have to relocate. By 1918, the island was largely abandoned. Sadly, the last standing house on the Holland island which was built in 1888 collapsed!
House of the Bulgarian Communist Party – Bulgaria
This huge structure sits on top of a mountain like a deserted flying saucer. The House of the Bulgarian Communist Party was established a long time ago, and it was fully used between 1981 to 1991. After the collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1989, the building was abandoned.
House of the Bulgarian Communist Party structure is one of the massive communist buildings people have employed the government to renovate so as to attract foreign tourists. However, the Bulgarian government does not have the resources for a huge renovation, which would cost about 30 million leva -£12 million nor for its demolition. Would you love to visit this location? We would love to!
Nara Dreamland – Japan
The Nara Dreamland Park was greatly inspired by Disneyland. It was opened on July 1, 1961. According to history, in the late 1950s, a Japanese entrepreneur and president of the Matsuo Entertainment Company --Kunizo Matsuo paid the U.S. a visit. When he was at the then-newly opened Disneyland in Anaheim, he was deeply impressed. While Matsuo and Walt Disney initially agreed on bringing Disneyland to Japan, they soon fell out due to disagreement on licensing fees.
Due to this, Nara Dreamland customized their own trademarks. While the park looks so much like the actual Disneyland, it had its own special features. For a while, the park was very successful, until the number of its visitors decreased as an actual Tokyo Disneyland was opened in 1983. Also, other issues developed. The park was officially closed on August 31, 2006, and it was neglected for about 10 years until its final demolition in 2017. Unfortunately, we would not be able to explore the ruins of the Park anymore.
The Abandoned Flour Mill – Italy
This mill is located on the Valley of the Mills. The valley which is defined by two rivers: Casarlano-Cesarano and S. Antonino is a historic location in Sorrento, Italy. The flour mills which was constructed with stone can be dated to the 13th century At the time, a sawmill was in operation too. When Piazza Tasso was established in 1866, it led to the isolation of the mill and the surrounding sea.
The building was shut down and abandoned in the 1940s as it also became unsustainable. Now, it is regarded as one of the most captivating views of the Sorrento Peninsula. It is well known for its lush greenery, and variety of special plants. The view is totally enchanting and you should check it out!
Sunken Yacht – Antarctica
This is a spine-chilling picture of the remains of the 76 feet Brazillian boat called Mar Sem Fin. It was used for scientific and educational journeys, before it met its gruesome fate – frozen in ice at a depth of about 30 feet in Ardley Cove, Antarctica in 2012.
According to rumors, a film crew journey to the south to cover a documentary, but their plans were altered as the ship sunk into the water. The crew had to desert the boat urgently in order to save their lives. Fortunately, they all survived and the boat was rapidly frozen. According to reports, the ship has been rescued by trekkers. It would have been so nice getting to see a live image of the boat immersed, and frozen in water.
Orpheum Theatre – New Bedford, Massachusetts
The Orpheum Theater which was first referred to as the “Majestic Opera House” is an ancient theatre and entertainment house. It can be found at 1005 Water Street in New Bedford, Massachusetts USA. On April 15, 1912 (the day Titanic sank), the theatre was launched and it was fully in operation until 1959. Since then, a huge part of the building has been abandoned.
The building is presently owned privately. Also, Orph Inc, a non-profit company is making plans to renovate and restore the glory of the theatre which would, in turn, help New Bedford’s economy. We hope their plans become actualized, so we can add this location to our bucket list.
Deserted Abkhazia Train Station – Abkhazia, Georgia
This rusty railway linked Russia’s North Caucasus Railway with Georgian railways. It was constructed during the Soviet period. Since the war that started in Abkhazia between the year 1992 and 1993, the train station has been abandoned. The war was a result of a disagreement between Russia and Georgia over the ownership of the Abkhazia territory.
However, in 2010, the train station with dismantled tracks and blown up bridges which were partially bequeathed to the Russian government for ten years (2009-2019) had some of its parts restored. In the 2000s it was a great spot for Russian tourists. Despite suffering lots of damages during the war, the architectural design of the train station is still as breathtaking as ever.
Wooden Homes – Russia
These artistic buildings are found in the depths of the Russian forests. Wooden homes are quite common to the traditional Russian countryside dwellers in the past. It is carefully constructed with real woodworks and adorned with beautiful designs. These wooden homes are often referred to as “Izba.” Usually, ancient-style izba construction entails the use of basic instruments such as axes, ropes, knives, and spades -because metal was reasonably expensive, nails were not used.
The building was departed by its original residents due to extreme frigid conditions. As time went on, they ditched their wooden houses for those constructed with brick. Fortunately, visitors can visit the houses. How would it feel having a cozy wooden home all to yourself?
Underwater City – Shicheng, China
This is mind-boggling, China is home to an Atalantis --a real one! This underwater city still has its maze of white temples, memorial arches, paved roads, and houses still standing tall. The city is known as “Lion City” was once called “Shi Cheng” in its glory days, and it was the heart of economics and politics in the eastern region of Zhejiang.
However, in 1959, the Chinese government decided to construct a hydroelectric power station -the Xin'an River Hydropower Station. A man-made lake was constructed, and the city was intentionally drowned. Intriguingly, the water has preserved the city from eroding. So, after 60 years, it is still pretty much in good condition. Divers are allowed to explore the area; who is ready for a dive?
A Subway Station – New York, USA
When New York City's subway was launched in 1904, it was a real modern innovation, with amazing designs. It looks reasonably nicer even than the ones we have today. The subway station in the above picture is the original station situated below City Hall. It was designed by the remarkable Spanish architect -Rafael Guastavino.
Unfortunately, on December 31, 1945, the service supplied to the train station halted as it turns and twists made it difficult for newer trains to travel. Till date the train station has been abandoned, however, you can visit and tour the area. You'd get to see the beautiful skylights and other awesome features of the train station.
Military Hospital – Beelitz, Germany
Beelitz-Heilstätten Hospital was established in 1988 at the southwest of Berlin, Germany. It was initially opened in 1898 as a sanitarium for people suffering from tuberculosis. Later on, it served as a medical center for the German Imperial Army during WWI and also as a Soviet hospital. However, this stopped in the 1990s when the Soviet invaders claimed ownership of it in 1945.
The hospital was largely neglected after the Soviets retreated in 1995. It is widely known as the hospital that admitted and treated Adolf Hitler during World War II, after being injured in his leg. Also, Erich Honecker was treated there. Today, parts of the building are open to the public, while some remain locked.
San Zhi UFO Homes – Taiwan
The homes are called “The Sanzhi UFO Houses.” They are also referred to as the “UFO houses of Sanjhih, ” “Sanzhi pod houses,” or “Sanzhi Pod City.” They were constructed in 1978 and were originally built to serve as a vacation home for U.S military officers who were returning from their East Asian postings.
However, the buildings were never completed due to investment losses, deaths and suicide in the location and generally bad luck which people believed plagued the area. The buildings were abandoned in 1980. By 2010, all the UFO pod houses had been demolished. Sad, this is a place we would have loved to explore. Who wouldn’t want to know how it feels inside a UFO home?
Subway Tunnel – Kyiv, Ukraine
This is a neglected subway tunnel found beneath Kyiv, Ukraine. The Kyiv Metro is a fast transit system that is the cornerstone of Kyiv's public transport. It was the first transit system in Ukraine and after Moscow and St. Petersburg, it was the third in the Soviet Union. Its total length is about 67.56 kilometers and has 52 stations. Also, the most cavernous station in the world -Arsenalna can be found on the metro system.
The abandoned tunnel's subway system was built during the Soviet era but inadequate planning led to broken floors and irregular routes. Presently, the place is primarily forbidden to visitors due to potential dangers in the area. However, thanks to people who trespassed and took photos, we are able to see how the tunnel really looks like. Well, we strongly advise you not to explore the area without permission; as implied by the officials, it is truly a dangerous area.
Church In The Snow – Canada
Here is another spooky image of an abandoned building, and ironically it is a church! This Canadian church served its full purpose as a place of worship in the countryside for about 100 years prior to its abandonment. It was the congregation place for Catholics who held weekly meetings. Sadly, as a result of transforming climate, the building was deserted.
You might be wondering why no one has demolished the structure. Well, it turns out no one wants to be held liable for pulling down a church. Hence the structures remain largely untouched till date. The building resting in snow can still be appreciated by people who walk or drive along the route.
Submarine Base – Balaklava, Ukraine
One of Balaklava's landmarks is this underground, once designated as a submarine base. It ran successfully until 1993 when it was decommissioned, and in 1996, the last Russian submarine was removed from one base. The base was proclaimed to be practically indestructible and was specially constructed to endure an atomic impact. During that area, Balaklava was one of the most concealed living areas of the Soviet Union.
Reasonably, almost the whole population of Balaklava at a particular time worked at the base. Currently, the dock isn’t exactly deserted. The site has now been transformed into a national Naval museum, and visitors are welcome to visit and explore the area. The area is shrouded with mystery, which we think would make the exploration of the place more exciting.
Ross Island – India
Ross Island was established as a Britsih administrative headquarters for the Indian penal colony in 1858. It was mainly used to house a massive number of prisoners who were involved in the Indian Rebellion, or Indian Mutiny of 1857. On its status on becoming the penal colony, living quarters were built and the Chief Commissioner's house was situated at the highest place on the island.
During World War II, the island was raided by the Japanese army, compelling the British to evacuate. While the place was re-occupied by allied forces, it was finally deserted on 7 October 1945. Today, the site serves as a tourist center. Does it look like a place you would love to visit?
Château Miranda Castle – Belgium
This castle’s plan was drafted designed in 1866 by the English architect Edward Milner. The construction of the building was approved under commission from the Liedekerke-De Beaufort family, who had been evicted from their previous home, Vêves Castle, at the time of the French Revolution. Unfortunately, Milner passed away in 1884 before the castle was commented.
However, construction was completed in the year 1907. The 19th-century neo-Gothic castle which is found in Celles, province of Namur, Belgium, in the territory of the Ardennes was used for a short period by the Nazi during World War II. Since 1991, the structure was largely abandoned, however, its demolition began in 2016, and eventually, it was completely knocked down in 2017.
Hashima Island – Japan
This Japanese island could also be called Hashima Island Gunkanjima which means “Battleship Island,” while its other nickname is “Ghost Island.” It is situated about 15 kilometers from the city of Nagasaki, in southern Japan. Astonishingly, the island is one of 505 unpopulated islands in Nagasaki Prefecture. The island's most prominent features are its deserted concrete structures, and encompassing sea wall. Although the island is a representation of the prompt industrialization of Japan, it is also a historical symbol that shows the site of forced labor before and during the Second World War.
In the past around the 19th century, the island was inhabited with people due to the availability of coal mines under the sea in the area. Unfortunately, as the country's focus shifted from coal to petroleum, and coal deposit got smaller, the island's population depleted. In the end, the island which was established in 1887 was finally abandoned. Today, it has been approved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Gougi Island – China
This Island -Gouqi island situated in the Shengsi archipelago of about 400 islands may have been abandoned by people, but nature seems to have found a place of abode. The island which was once a fishing village is now decorated with lush vegetation, thanks to moss and Ivy endowed on it by mother nature. The name of the fishing village is “Houtouwan.”
Even though, the island never stopped functioning as an active site for fishing until its former residents still decided to desert it. Strange if you ask us. However, it was discovered that people left the area in order to resolve education and food delivery issues. Well, nature seems to be having a great time reclaiming the village of Houtouwan.
Saint Nicholas Church – Macedonia
This is one of the most significant landmarks that attract visitors yearly to Macedonia. This is Saint Nicholas church which was constructed in 1856. It was once an important spiritual site for people. However, with the construction of the hydro system in the region, the church was flooded in 1956. Over the years, only divers had access to the building as it was deeply immersed in the Lake Mavrovo.
Recently, the water began to recede and the beautiful features of the church are finally being unveiled. Many tourists have been able to explore the area, and some of them were able to reach the shore and enter the building. Thanks to them, we have an idea of how the interior parts of the church look like. Just like this cow -it's definitely a place we'd love to explore!
Craco – Italy
Since the year 560 BC, Craco had been a functional residential site for people. According to history, it was a prosperous city for about 1400 years. Craco which has now been deserted is located in the Province of Matera in the southern Italian area of Basilicata. The old town was forsaken around the end of the 20th century (1972) because of natural disasters.
The area suffered environmental and geological issues such as floods, earthquakes, and a series of landslides. After an earthquake occurred in the region in 1980, the town of Craco was fully abandoned. The ghost town was featured in the watch list of the “World Monuments Fund.” And of course, you can visit the area and feed your eyes with ancient, but beautiful structures.
Temple of Santiago – Mexico
This abandoned building is known as Temple of Santiago, or Temple of Quechula. The deserted Catholic church is located in the Nezahualcoyotl Reservoir in Chiapas, Mexico. It was established by Dominicans headed by the popular social reformer - Bartolomé de las Casas. The church was designed to accommodate a large congregation because it was believed that the surrounding cities would expand.
However, this was never the case, as the population of the region greatly depleted after a smallpox epidemic between 1773 and 1776. With the construction of the Malpaso Dam, the building has been frequently submerged in water. In some cases, the water recedes, and the building can be clearly seen. Today, there are boat tours available for visitors who would like to visit the place.
Bodie – California, USA
Yes, this spooky ghost town is in California! This is the town of Bodie founded in 1876, it was once a mining site which attracted residents to the area in the past, and it became one of Wild West boom towns at the time. According to history, the number of residents in Bodie was about 5000-7000 people with 2,000 buildings. A legend affirms that Bodie was once the second or third largest city in California.
However, the U.S census of that year proves that it is false. The town was deserted, and in 1950, Bodie's population was zero. The abandonment was as a result of depletion of natural resources that were once abundant in the area. The town was defined as a National Historic Landmark in 1961. The road to Bodie is widely open to visitors during summer, due to intense snowfall, people are advised to stay away during winter.
Aniva Rock Lighthouse – Russia
The Aniva lighthouse built on a rock was constructed by the Japanese in 1939 during the war. It is located off the coast of Sakhalin, a 950km long island found in the eastern region of Russia in between the sea of Okhotsk in Russia and sea of Japan. The island was not habited until the 1800s when it attracted both Japan and Russia. For years, both countries fought for the ownership of the land.
Finally, they agreed to share the area, but after about 50 years of sustaining the agreement, the Russians annexed the entire region in the Second World War. This forced numerous Japanese to relocate back to Hokkaido. The isolated lighthouse was once visited by an urban explorer who claimed the area is radioactive. No evidence has proven this to be true, so we are uncertain about its genuine condition. We'd advise you to make proper findings before embarking on the journey to the Aniva Rock Lighthouse.
Canfranc International Rail Station – Spain
This former international railway station is located in the village of Canfranc in the Spanish Pyrenees. Its construction began in 1923 by Spanish project engineer Ramírez de Dampierre. It was opened in 1928 and the King Alfonso XIII of Spain and the president of the French Republic Gaston Doumergue were present at its launch. The main structure is 790 feet long, and it has 156 doors and 365 windows. The station was very useful to the Nazi's during the Second World War.
Unfortunately, on 20 March 1970 a train crash that occurred on the Pau-Canfranc railway line, pulled down the L'Estanguet bridge on the French area of the Pyrénées Mountain. Since then, the rail station has been abandoned. Presently, there are plans being made by the government of Aragon plans to transform the station into a hotel, and construct a new station beside it. Yaaay! We would love to see those plans turn to realities.
Bannerman Castle – New York, USA
Bannerman Castle is located on Pollepel Island in the Hudson River. The island was bought by Bannerman, a businessman in November 1900 for the intention of storing his military supplies for his booming business. Basically, his storeroom in New York City was not big enough to safely occupy his thirty million munitions cartridges. Construction began in 1901, and most of the structure was designed to store the army surplus.
However, Bannerman built another castle on top of the island close to the main structure as a home. When Bannerman died in 1918, construction stopped, and unfortunately, on August 20, 1920, 200 pounds of shells and power blew up in one of the structures and destroyed a large part of the whole structure. New York got the ownership of the island in 1967, but on August 8, 1968, a fire outbreak destroyed the arsenal. Then, the site was made unaccessible to the public.
Abandoned Mine – San Juan Mountains, Colorado, USA
This abandoned mine is situated in the San Juan Mountains, it was formerly a site of many mine workers, and a section of the Red Mountain Mining District, which covered more than five miles. As time went by, miners neglected the area and migrated to the more profitable region of the mountain. The place has been utterly abandoned since then.
Explore this abandoned mine and step back in time. Stand in awe of ancient structures and catch a glimpse of what the once functional mine truly looked like. In the ruins of these structures, be careful of open portals and shafts. And most importantly, please leave everything the way you meet it, as it is important to history.
The Great Wall – China
We all know one or two things about the Great Wall of China, or simply the Great Wall. However, do you know The Great wall is about 5000 meters long?! Well, it is. The Wall was constructed many years ago, and it took over 2,300 years to complete it. The original border walls were established to fortify the nation against Mongolian invasion, and to guard the Silk Road Trade in 770 at the time of the Zhou Dynasty.
The current sample of the Wall is not the same as it was back then as the Wall was initially made of compacted earth, but that changed when the Ming Dynasty began working on it using stones and bricks. While there are parts of the wall open to the public, there are remote, isolated areas that have been untouched by the government. Also, the myth that the wall can be seen from space is false. Would you love to visit the place?
The Star Jet Roller Coaster – New Jersey, USA
Star Jet was a steel roller coaster which began operation at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, New Jersey in 2002. The coaster served as a replacement for another coaster named “Jet Star” which was active between 1970 and 2000. The similarity in the names between both coasters has caused Star Jet is often misidentified in the media and by people as “Jet Star.”
On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy occurred and it affected a large part of Casino Pier, bringing the Star Jet into the Atlantic Ocean. Regardless of its state, Star Jet’s structure remained in one piece. However, in 2013, the coaster was evacuated from the ocean. Star Jet has been replaced by Hydrus, but the new coaster was placed on the beach not at the pier in order to guard it against future storm occurrences.
The SS America – Canary Islands
SS America was an ocean liner constructed for the United States Lines. It was designed by the remarkable American naval architect --William Francis Gibbs and completed in 1940, the same year in which the ship began its operation. After about 54 years, the last noted use of the U.S. ship was in 1994. In August 1993, she was renamed “American Star.”
While the ship was being transported to Greece, she was ruined at Playa de Garcey on Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands on January 18, 1994. Then the wreck was dismantled and fell into the sea. Visitors have gazed at the sight for over 25 years, and over time, only a little part of the bow can be seen during low tide. Do you think the ship will be recovered anytime soon?
Mirny Diamond Mine – Eastern Siberia, Russia
This is one of the largest man-made holes in the world! The giant hole is more than 1,000 feet deep, and half a mile wide. Over the years, the hole housed a unique and mysterious quantity of gold. In 1955 after the Second World War, the Soviet Union began plans to restructure itself. They knew diamonds, gold, and other natural resources could help them achieve their goals, so they began searching the entire country for them. Soon, they found chemical traces in the soil that suggests the presence of diamonds in the area.
This prompted Joseph Stalin to instruct the construction of a mine in the region in 1957. However, they faced significant challenges during construction, especially during winter. They were eventually able to break the ground and dig the mine to get access to the diamonds. Suddenly, the place was closed in 2004, officials claimed that it was a flood-affected the mine and they were unable to dig further. Even though some activities still take place in the mine, it has been largely deserted.
Ryugyong Hotel – Pyongyang, North Korea
You are looking at uncompleted 105-story, 1080 feet long skyscraper (pyramid-shaped) called The Ryugyong Hotel. It is situated in Pyongyang, North Korea. The building made its way into the Guinness World Records as the tallest uninhabited building the world. Construction of the hotel began in 1987, and it was initially set to open on June 1989 for the celebration of the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students.
However, that didn't happen due to delayed building materials. If it were opened that year, it would have been the world's tallest hotel (coming before Weston Stamford hotel) and the seventh tallest building on earth. In 1992, after the hotel attained its intended height, construction was halted due to North Korea's bad economy at the time. After being abandoned for about 16 years, the building of the structure resumed but it was soon stopped. Other attempts to complete the structure has been futile. We hope it would finally be completed someday soon.
Who would have thought that they were several amazing places that have been abandoned for years?! We are excited that some of these buildings have retained a couple of their original features, giving us the chance to step back in time and explore. Which one of the houses, towns, or locations do you find most fascinating? Which one of them would you like to visit soon? Also, if you have visited any of these locations, we’d love you to tell us about your experience. If you found this article exciting, share it with your friends and loved ones.