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.
1. Pripyat, Ukraine
2. Mirny Diamond Mine - Eastern Siberia, Russia
The 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.
3. Farmhouse - Seneca Lake, New York
4. Ryugyong Hotel - Pyongyang, North Korea
5. Willard Asylum - Willard, New York
6. Sanzhi UFO Houses - San Zhi, Taiwan
7. Six Flags Jazzland - New Orleans, Louisiana
8. Gulliver’s Travels Park - Kawaguchi, Japan
Constructed 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
10. Disney’s Discovery Island - Lake Buena Vista, Florida
11. Aniva Rock Lighthouse - Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russia
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.
12. Canfranc Rail Station, Spain
13. Chateau Miranda - Celles, Belgium
The 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.
14. Abandoned Coal Plant - France
15. Eilean Donan - Loch Duich, Scotland
16. Hashima Island, Japan
17. Abandoned Mill - Ontario, Canada
18. City Hall Station - New York City, New York
19. Orpheum Auditorium - New Bedford, Massachusetts
April 15th 1912
April 15th 1912
20. Holy Land USA - Waterbury, Connecticut
Holy Land USA was a theme park based on passages from the Bible. At its peak in the 1960s and 70s, the park attracted around 40,000 visitors annually. It was closed down in 1984, though the grounds remain intact.
21. Abandoned Power Plant - Belgium
22. Wreck of the SS America - Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
23. Underwater City - Shicheng, China
24. Abandoned Domino Sugar Factory -- Brooklyn, New York
25. Red Sands Sea Forts - Sealand, United Kingdom
26. Overgrown section of the Great Wall - China
27. Michigan Central Station - Detroit, Michigan
28. Dadipark - Dadizel, Belgium
29. Military Hospital - Beelitz, Germany
30. Empty Organ Room
31. Abandoned church with chairs still standing
32. Wonderland Amusement Park - Beijing, China
33. Częstochowa Train Depot - Poland
34. An Abandoned Rocket Factory - Russia
35. El Hotel del Salto - Colombia
36. Christ of the Abyss - San Fruttuoso, Italy
37. Railroad in the Fall - Lebanon, Missouri
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.
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