These real life ruins offer an eerie glimpse into a world without humans. Their dark walls inspire a sense of wonder like I’ve never felt before.
Source: imgur.comThe 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.
Source: wikipedia.orgThe 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.
Source: picc.itThese 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.
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.
Source: imgur.comConstructed in the shadow of Mt Fuji, this theme park opened in 1997. Despite financial help from the Japanese government, it lasted only 10 years before being abandoned.
9. Bannerman Castle – Pollepel Island, New York
Source: snackish.comBannerman 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.
Source: flickr.comA 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.
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.
Source: blogspot.comCanfranc 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.
Source: imgur.comThe 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.
Source: drronson.Located in the Highlands of Scotland, the Eilean Donan island sat abandoned until 1911, when it was restored by a prominent retired military officer.
Source: imgur.comThis mill was originally built by French settlers.
Source: imgur.comCity Hall Station was built in 1904 and closed in 1945 as only around 600 people used it only a daily basis.
Source: boredpanda.comThis 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.
Source: reddit.comThis former United States ocean liner was wrecked in 1994 after 54 years of service.
Source: china.org.cnShicheng 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.
Source: flickr.comOriginally built during World War II to protect the River Thames, these forts are now lifeless. Except for those that have been claimed by Sealand, a micronation off the shore of England.
Source: reddit.comThe Great Wall is 13,170 miles long and vast sections receive little maintenance because of the enormous cost of caring for such a monumental structure.
Source: Wim Van den EyndeA simple playground, Dadipark opened in the 1950s and closed in 2002.
Source: lovethesepics.comThis church was left to decay with the chairs still standing and a baby’s coffin still visible.
Source: buzzfeed.comDesigned to be the biggest amusement park in Asia, Wonderland was never completed after financial issues. The land has since been cultivated by local farmers.
Source: today.itHotel 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.
Source: lensart.ruGuido Galletti built this statue of Christ in 1954 and placed it into the water at a depth of 55 feet.
38. Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The adventurous part of me is dying to explore every single one. I can only imagine the mysteries that lie just beneath the surface.