10 Amazing Yet Terrifying Abandoned Places: a blog about some of humanity’s creations that are now empty.
The Pripyat amusement park was meant to open on May 1, 1986, but the Chernobyl disaster happened just before. The carousel has never been used and it’s still there today. In the above picture, you can see the Ferris wheel in the background.
In Australia, the town of Farina was first established in 1878 as a station for sheep grazing along with a shop and a pub. At its peak, it had a population of more than 1000 people! Dry conditions caused the town to be abandoned in 1930, but it has since seen a rise as people have returned to restore some buildings.
10 Amazing Yet Terrifying Abandoned Places
Humanity has created many strange, beautiful and unique things, but it also left behind a lot of ruins that serve as a reminder of the past. Here are ten amazing places that were abandoned by people for one reason or another.
1. Hashima Island, Japan
In the 1890s, Hashima Island was home to a bustling mine operated by Mitsubishi. At its peak, there were 5,259 people living in nine buildings on the island. When petroleum replaced coal in the 1960s, mining at Hashima stopped and everyone left. It became a ghost town filled with abandoned homes and other buildings.
2. Pripyat, Ukraine
Pripyat is a ghost town located in Ukraine near the border of Belarus that was once home to 50,000 residents. In 1986, it became well known after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster forced everyone to evacuate. Many buildings are still standing, but they’re overrun with vegetation and riddled with decay from neglect.
3. Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Namibia
Kolmanskop was founded in 1908 when diamonds were discovered along the coast of southern Namibia after a major sandstorm revealed them to German settlers who had recently arrived there to work on
10 Amazing Yet Terrifying Abandoned Places
The world is full of abandoned places, the most famous being Chernobyl in Ukraine, Hashima Island in Japan and Kolmanskop in Namibia. These are all real places that have been left behind by people for one reason or another.
This rundown former seminary building stands on top of a hill on the outskirts of town. It was built in 1872 by Belgian monks when the region was still part of the Congo Free State, but it was abandoned only six years later when the local population rebelled against their exploitation by King Leopold II of Belgium.
Now, overgrown with vines, it sits empty and crumbling. Despite its decrepitude, however, it’s still an imposing sight: you can see for miles from its hilltop position.
1. The Craco
This ancient town in southern Italy has been abandoned since 1963 when a landslide made it unsafe to live in. But you can go visit the ruins and even stay there overnight.
This town in France was destroyed during WWII, but the ruined buildings were not demolished after the war because they were left as a memorial of what Nazi soldiers had done there.
3. Kolmanskop, Namibia
A ghost town in the middle of a desert? You’d better believe it! Kolmanskop was abandoned because people moved on to diamond mines that were easier to access. Now tourists can come and explore its crumbling buildings.
4. San Zhi, Taiwan
San Zhi is a “futuristic” resort that’s been deserted for years now: its development was halted because of financial issues and because some of the workers died during construction (some people said it was haunted by the ghosts of Dutch soldiers who died there).
5. Pidhirtsi Castle, Ukraine
This castle in western Ukraine used to belong to an aristocratic Polish family, but it’s been abandoned since WWII and has fallen into disrepair. It once looked like this: but not anymore…
1. Abandoned Prison, Willard Asylum, New York
Originally built in 1869 to house mentally ill patients who had nowhere else to go, Willard Asylum was a fully-functioning hospital until 1995. At that time, America saw a shift in the way the mentally ill were treated and the hospital was closed down. Since then it has been left abandoned, though many of its original fixtures remain.
2. Abandoned Theater, Detroit
The abandoned theater is located on Gratiot Avenue in Detroit. Built in 1928 by architect C. Howard Crane, it was one of the first theaters to be built in Detroit’s Fox Theater chain and has since seen a variety of uses. It has served as a concert hall, movie theater and performance venue for traveling shows and vaudeville acts. It is currently abandoned, but plans are being made to renovate it for use as retail space.
3. Abandoned Hotel Del Salto, Colombia
Located near Tequendama Falls just outside Bogota, this once posh hotel was built in 1923 to encourage tourism to the area and take advantage of its waterfall views. Guests could use the spa facilities or enjoy coffee from the on-site cafe while they took in a view of the falls below them
1. Pripyat, Ukraine