It’s not every day that we see complete amusement parks, hospitals, or entire towns left in one piece to collect dust for years. Especially in the world we live in today, with about 7 billion people on the planet and increasingly valuable property, you would think it’s hard to come by abandoned places. But oh, contrary. There are tons of spots all over the globe that have literally been discarded, vacated, and literally abandoned.
You may have heard of the infamous nuclear disaster that happened in the 80s to the power plant Chernobyl in Ukraine. Within moments, an entire town had to evacuate, having no choice but to leave everything they had behind. That, for example, is one abandoned place. But there are so much more. The only thing is, no one hears about them because they don’t make the news.
So if you’re curious to see what it looks like for a place to be completely deserted and left for nature to take reign, then this is a list you need to see. From the US to Russia, to Japan, these are the most eerily beautiful sites that have been left behind for us to observe in wonder.
Hirta – Scotland
This impressive bit of land was once home to an entire village, back in the 1930s. However, due to political change in the region, the citizens chose to leave and live somewhere else.
In August 1930, the last remaining inhabitants left resulting in this wholly deserted village. These stone homes now stand tall, unchanged, after 80 years. Many of them appear to be repairable, so who knows what the future stores for Hirta.
Cape Romano Dome Homes – Florida, USA
These dome homes were built off the Coast of Marco Island. They were built in 1980 by retired businessman Bob Lee and were eventually abandoned in 1992. The domes were initially meant to be vacation homes. However, hurricanes hit, and the houses were essentially ruined.
Why weren’t they fixed? Coastline agencies determined that they were too expensive to repair, so they were just left there. In 2005, Bob Lee sold the eroded units to John Tosto, a Naples resident, for $300,000. When asked why he bought them, Tosto said, “It’s just something I wanted from the first time I saw it. That was it.”
Villa – Lake Como, Italy
This spectacular image is of a villa in Italy located in Lake Como. And the mystery of this site is what gives it its appeal. According to locals, this villa was built in the 1800s, but there are no official records to indicate this.
Rumor has it that this green-house-palace was deserted after a gruesome murder or suicide, but as urban legends go, there’s no proof. Today, the site is left rather untouched, and visitors are even advised to stay away from it. It really does look as though it could be a location for a horror film, doesn’t it?
Have you seen the aftermath of Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster? See the next haunting photo.
Berlin – Nevada, USA
Berlin – in Nevada, not Germany! – Became popular in 1897 amid a mining boom. Unfortunately, the industry never quite took off and was virtually abandoned by 1911.
No one stayed around to maintain it or turn it into something else, so it hasn’t changed all the way up until today. At the time of writing, it is part of Nevada State Park. Visitors can explore the area and see what it looked more than 100 years ago.
Kolmanskop – Namibia
This image may look like a painted picture, but don’t let looks deceive you. The beautiful lighting and colors are due in part to the place itself and partly due to a professional photographer. This is a real place in Kolmanskop, Namibia.
The town was founded in 1908 after a man found a diamond in the rough. After word got out, outsiders rushed to the area hoping to strike gold, or diamonds instead. But when nothing turned up, the exhausted villagers left, leaving the town abandoned by 1954. Even today, the site doesn’t get many visitors.
Hold your breath. The next photo may shock you!
Pripyat – Ukraine (Chernobyl)
What happened to this city goes down in history as one of the most remarkable and tragic events to ever have happened. The town of Pripyat was established on February 4, 1970. It’s located near the Belarus border and is a Soviet nuclear city. At the time, it was where most of the workers who worked at Chernobyl lived.
After the nuclear disaster occurred in 1986, the entire city was evacuated due to the extremely high levels of radiation. Even to this day, entry into the area is forbidden as the radiation is still a severe danger to the human body.
The Kilchurn Castle – Scotland
Today, Kilchurn Castle is one of the most photographed castles in the world. It was built in the 1400s and has sadly been left to decay since the 1700s. The untouched estate attracts people from all over the world who marvel at its incredible presence despite being neglected for 300 years.
In its time, it housed some of the most influential families and officials when they visited the country. It’s something we can imagine in the next James Bond film!
Kayakoy – Turkey
The small Turkish town of Kayakoy sits in the Tauras Mountains. As the story goes, the entire population of the village moved to Greece during an era of political change in the 1920s. The town is still deserted today, with 350 buildings remaining completely vacant and neglected.
The village is now home to moss, ivy, and the occasional animals that wander around, with no humans anywhere to be found. There is no official plan for Turkey to restore Kayakoy into a new town or if it’s meant to stay as is. As useless as the place is, it’s nevertheless a remarkable site.
The next abandoned spot looks like the aftershock from a meteor hit!
The Floating Island – Australia
The boat, the SS Ayrfield, was constructed in 1911 in the UK. It was registered as an Australian steam collier but became a Navy transport vessel in WWII for American soldiers. It operated until 1972 when it was retired in Sydney along the Homebush Bay.
The bay is explicitly known as a ‘ship graveyard,’ and the SS Ayrfield has a new life as host of a mangrove tree and lush greenery. Visitors can observe it from a distance.
Allerheiligen Monastery – Germany
This monastery is close to 900 years old, which can be both shocking and unsurprising given its condition. It was built back in 1192 in the Black Forest of Germany and remains standing today. The reason for the church’s demise can be seen in more than one way, depending on your faith, or lack thereof.
The monastery was actually struck by lightning three times in a row during an intense storm. It was thus burnt down with no one choosing to rebuild it. The question is: was it a sign or a mere act of Mother Nature doing what she does best? You can be the judge of that.
Ta Prohm Temple – Cambodia
This temple is in Angkor Wat in Cambodia and is the epitome of what becoming one with nature means. After the failure of the 17th-century empire, the temple was abandoned and to this day has been left as is, perhaps due to how striking it is.
Having spent hundreds of years isolated, the jungle basically claimed it as its own. Although it’s not utilized, locals strive to maintain it so that the wilderness doesn’t completely destroy it. Today, the temple serves as a monument for people to explore.
Next, an eerie monastery from Germany…
Maunsell Army Sea Forts – UK
These sea forts look like they were on the set of Waterworld (remember that movie with Kevin Costner from 1995?). But they were designed by Guy Maunsell and constructed in 1942. They were located on the Thames and Mersey to protect the UK during WWII.
All of these forts were shut down and decommissioned within ten years. They were being used by people to broadcast illegal radio stations for some time, but that eventually stopped. Today, they sit there wholly empty.
Also in the UK is the next derelict place…
Bodiam Castle – UK
During the “Hundred Year War” from 1337 to 1453, a soldier built this Castle to protect East Sussex from the French. It became their defensive castle during the medieval times, but soldiers eventually left it there. Today, it’s a monument that reminds visitors of Britain’s history.
For tourists who wish to visit, there’s a moat that needs to be crossed. But once you get on the land, you can explore the building and put yourself in a medieval mind. Although this isn’t technically ‘abandoned,’ it’s no longer a castle meant to defend itself from the French.
Methodist Church – Indiana, USA
This Methodist Church was once used in 1926 and even had 3,000 members. The property was initially worth $1 million at the time (which would equate to a whopping $13 million in today’s economy), which made it one of the most valuable buildings at the time.
Over the years, employment in the area was beginning to decline, and crime was on the rise, and people started moving to the nearby town of Gary. Keep in mind that this was in the era of the Great Depression. The church was completely abandoned for decades, but who knows what will come of it and if it will be transformed into a new and improved religious sanctuary.
The Kiev River Boat – Kiev
This boat that’s been left discarded can be seen as a reminder of the Soviet era. It was designed to take trips along the Dnieper River, in Kiev, toward the Kiev Sea. Today, regardless of its disuse, it remains the only single-deck high-speed passenger ship.
When it was being used, it was nicknamed the ‘Sunrise,’ and it could travel at speeds reaching 60km. But after its abandonment, nature took its course. It’s now left to adventurous explorers, but government officials don’t recommend it.
The next place is a hotel that you wouldn’t want to spend a night in!
Hotel Del Salto – Colombia
This hotel was built to overlook the Bogota River. Constructed in 1928, it allowed tourists to get close to the waterfalls and mother nature. Due to several safety concerns over time, the building was closed in 1991.
Today, locals believe that the property is haunted! Visitors often journey to the park but hear weird noises throughout the night. It is not recommended to visit the Hotel Del Salto after dark! Would you go?
Michigan Central Train Station – USA
The Michigan train station was built in 1913, and at the time had everything going for it. There was a promise of incoming talent from the surrounding areas in the Midwest. But as the city’s economy started to dissolve, the central station did as well.
It closed down in 1988 and still stands tall, even resembling a Vegas casino. But it’s empty and has become something of a staple in Michigan. Rapper Eminem used it in his film, 8 Mile which was set in Detroit, Michigan – his home town. Rumor has it that car company FORD is planning to buy it.
The next forsaken place is another site that should be used in the movies!
I.M Cooling Tower – Belgium
This picture was taken inside the Belgian cooling tower, making an excellent opportunity for an incredible photo. The tower is situated in an old power station in Monceau, Belgium. It was used in the 1900s, but the government closed it down with no intention to reopen it.
By 1977, the power plant and the cooling tower were the primary source of energy in the area and was able to cool down 480,000 gallons of water per minute. After it closed down, there was looting by metal scrappers, but today there are security guards. It’s still abandoned today, but it’s scheduled for demolition.
Last House on Holland Island – USA
The tiny Holland Island is in Dorchester Country, Maryland, and there sits a house that was once a real thriving island colony! It was located in the Chesapeake Bay and was ruined by all the mud from the coast. Over time, the island started to dissolve and collapse.
For a long time, this house was the last property that remained on the island. It’s quite a new site for onlookers, and an image you can see being made into a 1000-piece puzzle. The birds clearly loved it too! The home, built in 1888, eventually collapsed in 2010.
House of the Bulgarian Communist Party – Bulgaria
This photo was taken inside the former headquarters of Bulgaria’s Communist Party. It looks like it could easily be the set of a James Bond movie. To make this place even more unique, the shape of the building is literally the same as a flying saucer.
The building was in use for ten years between 1981 and 1991. The group collapsed after the fall of the Soviet Union, and no one took control of it ever since. The building now consists of one large and hollow room.
Nara Dreamland – Japan
What is it about deserted theme parks that are just so creepy? The Nara Dreamland Park in Japan is another one that was inspired by Disneyland yet didn’t cut the bill. It opened its doors to the public in 1961, but it was shut down in 2006.
Until the theme park gets demolished and condominiums are built in its place, the site remains a perfect spot for people to explore the ruins. But security guards sometimes patrol the area so that they may give a fine to trespassers.
The next place left behind is closer to home!
Abandoned Mill – Italy
This old mill sits deep in a valley in Sorrento, Italy. It reportedly was abandoned in 1866 and has been untouched ever since. At the time, it served the purpose of grinding wheat, and it was operated nearby a sawmill, too.
It’s unclear as to why it was left abandoned. What we do know is that it was isolated from the sea when Tasso Square was built. What happened was the humidity rose to extra high levels, and it became unsustainable. And like other deserted places, nature took over.
Sunken Yacht – Antarctica
This yacht sits under the water in Antarctica, leaving it to be frozen in time forever. The Brazilian boat, called Mar Sem Fim, was shipwrecked near Ardley Cove. The rumor is that the crew traveled south to film a documentary, but their plans along with the boat turned south.
The team had to abandon ship when a storm hit, and winds became too strong. They ultimately had to leave the boat in order to protect themselves and remain alive. Being in Antarctica, it didn’t take long for it to freeze over.
The Bedford Orpheum – MA, USA
An old abandoned theater is definitely something to be seen. This ancient theater in Massachusetts is in an entertainment building which opened its doors to the public in 1912. It operated up until 1959. But 60 years later, it’s mostly still unused.
Recently, however, nonprofit organizations are trying to raise money to renovate the building, which is literally taking up space in the community. We would hope that it will end up being restored rather than demolished!
Abandoned Train Station – Abkhazia, Georgia
During the War in Abkhazia, this train station was left abandoned. The war took place across 1992 and 1993 and was a dispute between Russia and Georgia over the region and who owned it.
Since then, the dispute left the area mostly derelict. Even though it has been abandoned, we can still see the intricate work from the architects. Sadly, there are no plans to renew or renovate the station.
Wooden Homes – Russia
Here are some truly amazing buildings found deep in the Russian forests. They have some intricate designs and authentic woodworks that make them a beauty to admire.
These buildings were largely left alone by the original builders due to the cold temperatures. Over time, they left their wooden homes for brick-made ones in town. Now, visitors can explore these historic houses.
Underwater City – Shicheng, China
It seems as though China has its very own Atlantis! This underwater city has been sunken and frozen in time since 1959 when the construction of the Xin’an River Hydropower Station purposely flooded it. That said, its existence is not something of a mystery, but rather a deliberate sinking.
The water actually protects the city from typical erosion that can occur from rain and wind, so it remained in surprisingly good condition 60 years after the fact. Divers love exploring the site. And as much as this looks photoshopped, it’s not!
Next up – Canada has something derelict to offer.
Subway Station – New York, USA
This subway station is somewhat of a secret, lying under the City Hall in New York City. When it was built, it was highly anticipated due to the ‘prime real estate’ location, with lots of effort put into its initial designs. This explains how beautiful it is.
Unfortunately, it was deemed unsafe for the newer trains to navigate through it due to its twists and turns. Thus the station was closed in 1945 and is still untouched today. But it is open occasionally for walking tours.
Military Hospital – Beelitz, Germany
Like most of the photos on this list, this image can also be confused with a piece of artwork. This photo reveals the Beelitz-Heilstatten hospital, or at least what it used to be. It was built at the end of the 1800s and even aided Adolf Hitler when his leg was damaged in 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.
Today, parts of the hospital are open to the public but most of it, including elements like the one in the photo, was abandoned after the Soviets withdrew in 1995. Today, it is mostly deserted, and it no longer serves patients.
San Zhi – Taiwan
These flying saucer-like pods look like something out of a sci-fi film, which could be the reason for why they weren’t as widely received as they hoped. They were designed to be vacation homes, with US military officers in particular as the target customers.
The gloomy atmosphere of the photo can be representative of the bad luck the site experienced. The company lost investments, and for some reason, there was an unusually high amount of car accidents. The site closed down in 1980, and up until 2010, San Zhi was a popular walking route until the buildings were demolished in 2010.
The next site is another neglected structure from the Soviet area!
Subway Tunnel – Kiev, Ukraine
This abandoned subway tunnel is underneath Kiev, Ukraine. Like many of the abandoned sites from Russian and Ukraine, this subway system was built during the Soviet era. Its poor planning resulted in uneven routes and floors.
The tunnel is prohibited to visitors because it is considered to be dangerous. But as always, people manage to sneak in and snatch fresh pictures like this one. As you can see, it’s still flooded with electrical cables hanging from the top. So that alone is a reason not to hang around!
A Church in the Snow – Canada
This countryside church in Canada was used for about 100 years before it was eventually abandoned. Catholics would congregate there weekly. But because of the changing climate, the churchgoers went to a new one and left this one empty.
People don’t rush to knock down a church, so the building is still standing today. Being situated where it is in its isolation is what gives the church much of its appeal now. Passersby admire it, and if you manage to come at the right time, a photo like this can be captured.
Submarine Base – Balaklava, Ukraine
Technically, this submarine dock in Ukraine isn’t actually abandoned. The submarine base was fully operational until 1993 when it was decommissioned. At the time, it was one of the most secret bases in the world belonging to the Soviets.
Today, its doors have been opened to the public where the site is now a national naval museum. Visitors can explore what was once an unknown location full of mystery.
Ross Island – India
Similar to the temple we saw in Cambodia, this site also succumbed to nature’s power. Ross Island was built as the British administrative center for the Indian Penal Settlement. But after their independence, the place was deserted and left for its fate to be determined.
Over time, vines and leaves enveloped the structure, and there are no humans around. The site also isn’t maintained by anyone. So you can only imagine what it would be like to take a walk around there and see what’s lurking inside!
Miranda Castle – Belgium
The Miranda Castle started being built in 1866, but the designer passed away before it was completed. The construction workers didn’t know how to proceed afterward as they didn’t know what the next stage was. Therefore, the development stopped and was ultimately abandoned.
Aside from being used for a short time by the Germans in WWII, the site is pretty much forgotten. There are no official plans to resurrect the castle, and if proposals were made, they were deemed as too expensive.
Hashima Island – Japan
This Japanese island received its share of nicknames as you can imagine, including Battleship Island and Ghost Island which seems rather fitting. In the 19th century, the island was well populated because of its access to coal mines located under the water.
Yet with time, the country transferred from coal to petroleum, resulting in the mines closing down. Eventually, the people on the island left, and it was left abandoned.
Next, an animal decided to explore the next forgotten site!
Gouqi Island – China
Talk about letting nature take over! This forgotten fishing village is on the Yangtze River. Ever since the citizens of this village left it behind, moss and ivy have wholly enveloped the buildings and give it a breathtaking scenery.
The Shengsi Islands are a popular tourist destination and is considered a vital fishing area that brings in more than 100,000 fishers every winter.
Wanna see an abandoned castle in Europe? See the next photo to find out where it is!
Saint Nicholas Church – Macedonia
It’s not every day that you see both a cow in water as well as an abandoned church that’s also in water! Today, this church is flooded a few feet in the Mavoro Lake in Macedonia. Back in the day, people would visit the holy place and pray.
What happened was years later, a local power plant was built in the area, and it caused flooding which obviously affected the church. That’s not a very good sign for a holy temple. As you can see, visitors today are the occasional cows.
Craco – Italy
This village looks a lot like the one in Turkey, but this one is in Craco, Italy. And ever since the year 540, Craco has been situated on top of a mountain. It was a thriving city for 1400 years, everything going well up until the year 1972 when its residents got up and left.
Craco became unsustainable for a few reasons. Mainly, it was because of an unfortunate rock slide in 1963. It left the village devastated, and they understandably decided to relocate as it wouldn’t be worth risking another one.
Temple of Santiago – Mexico
This Roman Catholic Church in Mexico opened its doors in 1564, only to be abandoned about 200 years later. Initially, it fit the whole congregation, and they even planned to enlarge it due to foreseen population growth in the neighboring regions.
The city happened to be surrounded by a Smallpox epidemic in 1773-1776, and everyone eventually died. Today, since the Malpaso Dam was constructed, the church occasionally suffers from flooding as you can see from the photo.
Bodie – California, USA
This Western ghost town may look like it’s from a Clint Eastwood film, but it’s a real town bordering Nevada. It used to be a budding coal mining town in the mountains, but it was pretty much stuck in time and frozen after that everyone in the city abandoned it.
Bodie has been untouched for decades, with relics from the old Wild West village still found today in some of its buildings that are spread across the small town.
Next, a forgotten lighthouse in Russia!
Aniva Rock Lighthouse – Russia
The Japanese built this Russian Lighthouse in 1939 during the war. But when the war ended, the lighthouse was occupied by the Russian. It caused half a million Japanese to evacuate and head back to Hokkaido.
Now the Aniva lighthouse is abandoned, and its seven stories of engines, rooms, living spaces, radio facilities, and the 300kg pool of mercury are all still there, echoing in the waves that crash against it. It sure makes for a great photo.
Bannerman Castle – New York, USA
Bannerman Castle is situated on Pollepel Island in the Hudson River. It was erected in 1901 to store military supplies after the Spanish war.
Unfortunately, in 1920, 200 pounds of ammunition accidentally went off and destroyed most of the castle. No plans were made to restore it, and the Bannerman castle has mainly been left alone ever since.
Abandoned Mine – San Juan Mountains, Colorado, USA
Located in the San Juan Mountains, this abandoned mine was once the site for thousands of workers. It was part of the Red Mountain Mining District, which extended over five miles and had 40 mins.
Over time, miners left the region to focus on more profitable parts of the mountains, and the place was left alone. Today, all that sits is the relics of previous generations who would spend their days searching for gold or diamonds.
The Great Wall – China
Famously, the Great Wall of China is made of stone, brick, wood, and Chinese workers. Of course, we all know there are parts of the wall (that was built in the 7th century) is open to the public. There are rumors that the 13,000-mile fence can be seen from space, although this is untrue!
However, there are many parts of the wall that are entirely left alone and are, therefore, void of any maintenance. If you can, avoid the crowds and see these parts.
The Jet Star Rollercoaster – New Jersey, USA
The Jet Star Rollercoaster was a favorite ride at Seaside Heights in New Jersey. It was made in the 1970s, it and fully operational until 2012 when Hurricane Sandy hit the coast. It obviously became unusable.
After the storm, the owners tried to refurbish it, but it was just too expensive and troublesome. It was neglected for a few years and eventually demolished to make room for future projects.
The SS America – Canary Islands
The last recorded use of the SS America was in 1994. It was 54 years earlier, in 1940, that the US ship first hit the waters. After more than half a century, it met its fate when it wrecked on the Playa de Garcey in the Canary Islands.
In the 25 years since it rested along the rocks, visitors can look at her sleeping peacefully and being gently rocked by the waves. Sadly, most of her shell has been eroded and destroyed.
Mirny Diamond Mine – Eastern Siberia, Russia
No, this is not a result of a meteor hit. This is the second largest human-made hole in the world. The large pit is located in the old Yakut Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, which is now Eastern Siberia. It was discovered on June 13th, 1955 by Soviet geologists.
The mine is over 525 meters deep, making it the 4th deepest in the world and its diameter is 1,200 meters. Today, it merely sits there and attracts visitors who want to look down into a deep and dark abyss.
Ryugyong Hotel – Pyongyang, North Korea
This massive tower is an example of some of the oddities that exist in one of the world’s most secretive countries. Ryugyong Hotel is 105 stories high and has been totally abandoned for 17 years.
Work started again ten years ago, and it appears to be completed – but only on the outside. Reports have suggested that it is completely empty on the outside, existing only to give the appearance of infrastructure. Spooky.
Gulliver’s Travel’s Park – Kawaguchi, Japan
When they say a picture is worth a thousand words, they’re referring to something like this. Here is the aftermath of an abandoned theme park in Japan that was once called Gulliver’s Travel’s Park. After having failed as a business, it was basically left to rest in peace, along with its giant statue of Gulliver.
The park was created in 2007 to compete against America’s Disneyland, but they closed its gates a few years later. Today, Gulliver is still lying there on the ground, making for quite a haunting image as well as experience for anyone who ventures out there. Like the people you see in this photo, it’s a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. Apparently, there are no foreseen plans to remove him.
Domino Sugar Factory – New York City, USA
The Domino Sugar Factory opened its doors in 1856 and is one of the city’s most iconic pieces of architecture. It closed in 2004 but still sits along the East River in Brooklyn.
After it closed, people attempted to work out what to do with space. The local government decided that the area surrounding the factory would be renovated into a park. It opened in June 2018 and included artifacts from the historic factory.
Dadipark – Dadizel, Belgium
Dadipark was another theme park that couldn’t quite capture the imagination of its visitors. It opened in the 1950s but ultimately closed 50 years later in 2002.
Today, the Belgian park is mainly left derelict. Travelers can explore the site if they bypass security and sneak through the gates. Overall, there are 13 hectares of space to explore.
Bijlmerbajes Prison Complex – Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The Bijlmerbajes prison complex in Amsterdam was opened in 1978. It was designed to be a ‘humane’ prison and consists of six high-rise buildings, with each one of them acting as a separate prison. Initially, there weren’t even bars on the windows. However, guards quickly added some after finding out the glass was breakable!
The prison shut down in 2016 and was closed partly due to the country’s low crime rate and short prison sentences. Today, it houses refugees, and there are plans to turn it into a newly renovated village.
Flintstone Theme Park – Arizona, USA
The 1970s and ’80s were strangely full of Flintstones theme parks all across the United States. Today, they are entirely shut down – with only one still standing in Arizona.
The site is located on the corner of Route 64 and Route 180, in Bedrock City of course! Even though it is completely abandoned, the site attracts visitors who are driving to the Grand Canyon, which is only 30 miles away.
Częstochowa Train Depot, Poland
Częstochowa was a small city that was part of the Kingdom of Prussia and the expanding Russian empire from the 18th century. This train station opened in 1846 and linked the city to other parts of Europe.
Today, Częstochowa has six train stations – leaving this one unfortunately abandoned over time. While visitors can still explore the region and it’s open to the public, the railways are shut down, and no trains depart or enter.
Western Village Park – Japan
This strange theme park is based in Japan and was designed to highlight American culture. It opened in the 1970s and sat just outside of Tokyo. It included ‘American’ attractions like a Barbershop, a Sheriff’s Office, and a Bank.
By the time it closed in 2006, the park had expanded to include Ghost Towns and an entire replica of Mount Rushmore. However, visitors weren’t drawn to the site, and it closed, mostly left alone today.
Christ of the Abyss – San Fruttuoso, Italy
This is one of the spookiest underwater statues we’ve seen. Built by Guido Galletti, this statue of Christ was submerged into water and rests 55 feet deep.
It was built in 1954 and was actually designed to rest underwater – so no sad story here. Over time, repairers have adjusted some of the bronze that has eroded over time. The statue featured in Netflix’s show Bloodline.
Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, USA
This prison was operational between 1829 and 1971 until it ultimately closed its doors. Technically not ‘abandoned,’ visitors can visit the landmark and take a tour of its cells.
The site is protected as a national landmark and is considered an architectural marvel for its design. In fact, many new prisons being built today use this original design.
The Duke of Lancaster – Wales, UK
The TSS Duke of Lancaster is a ship in Wales that was actually one of the last passenger-only ships built for British Railways. Construction finished in 1956, and it replaced an existing boat with the same name.
She initially acted as a route to connect Wales to Belfast, Northern Ireland, but quickly lost out to competition from ferries. For a while, she was transformed into a ‘Fun Ship’ but was slapped with 10 Safety Enforcement notices. With no way to pay for the fines, the ship was left alone and rests on the coast today.
Koga Family Land – Japan
Another Japanese theme park to be left abandoned over the years. Koga Family Land was a small amusement park built alongside Biwa Lake. The park shut down in 1996 and has been left alone for more than 20 years.
Until 2008, the park was left exactly how it was on closing day. Officials came to remove all of the equipment except for the giant Ferris wheel which still stands tall today.
Steinert Hall – Boston, USA
In Boston, there’s a specific district called Piano Row – an area known for piano showrooms. One building, 162 Boylston Street, is a six-story building with a secret, but abandoned, secret.
Four floors beneath the ground lies an entirely derelict concert hall. In the 1900s, the ‘Little Jewel’ was a hub for pianists and artists around Boston. The last performance was in 1942 but was shut down for breaching fire code laws. There are plans to restore it.
Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital – New Jersey, USA
This recently abandoned hospital was shut down in 2011 and remains closed today. The building’s history dates back to 1907 when it opened to serve mentally ill patients.
In its first 20 years, it served more than 10,000 people. Until 1977 it helped patients with TB, mental illness, and other causes depending on their ‘curability.’ In 2011, Governor Chris Christie shut it down to save $9 million a year.
Airplane Graveyard – Bangkok, Thailand
In Bangkok, Thailand, lies a graveyard for old planes that are no longer being flown. One of them, Orient Thai Airlines, was involved in a tragic 89-person crash which killed everyone on board.
Today, many of the planes remain empty since people often take the seats and other items from inside. Plans to turn the site into a Bar were rejected, but visitors can see the site for a small fee.
Fantasy World – Philippines
Oh, what a shame. It was supposed to be the next big thing. They didn’t expect it to fail the way it did. This ‘Disneyland’ of the Philippines ran out of money halfway through construction and was left abandoned.
Owned by a Japanese businessman, construction started in 2001 as a direct competition to Disneyland. The park never opened since it never actually finished. Travelers can explore the site for a small fee, but rides are forbidden.
Ellis Island Isolation Hospital – New York / New Jersey, USA
Ellis Island is the famous port where immigrants who entered the United States would engage in health and visa checks. Even though most were allowed into the country, the hospital on the island served millions of immigrants who weren’t allowed into New York.
Millions of people visit the island each year, but few people get to see inside these now-derelict hospitals. This is a picture of one of its morgues that would store the dying people who weren’t allowed into the city.
Herschel Island – Canada
This island rests in north Canada, three miles from the main shore. The Thule People inhabited it for at least 1,000 years (according to historians). That all changed when Europeans discovered that it would be a perfect place to fish for whales.
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, several people would visit the island to fish and hunt. Over time, the whales moved, and the island became purposeless. The last citizens of the island left in 1987 and now no one is on it. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lake Shawnee Amusement Park – West Virginia, USA
No one can explain all the death and suffering that occurs in the Lake Shawnee Amusement Park. It used to be the site of the Clay Family Massacre in 1783, and the deaths only continued for 200 straight years.
The park was opened in the 1950s but tragically saw six people die in its short life. The park was quickly abandoned in 1966 and has been called haunted for the last 50 years. Rumors have circulated around little ghosts that haunt the area. You can pay for a guided tour.
Railways – Brazil
These tracks lie a few miles outside of Sao Paulo in a village called Paranapiacaba. They are part of the British-owned Sao Paulo Railway Company and designed to export coffee beans. For 30 years, the system had 4,000 workers.
The 1970s saw the beginning of automation, and these folks quickly lost their jobs to machines. The last steam train was decommissioned in 1982, and the tracks remain unused to this day.
Željava Air Base – Croatia / Bosnia
Known as the code name ‘Objekat 505’, this used to be one of the most significant military complexes across the whole of Europe. It was built by Yugoslavia’s communist government in 1948 and made over 20 years. In 1991, the base was destroyed following the Yugoslav Wars.
Unfortunately, its destruction caused terrible environmental problems, and there are still undetonated explosives in the area. Today, illegal immigrants use one of the runways to fly into Europe.
Church – Sant Romà de Sau, Spain
Similar to the Temple of Santiago, this church in the town of Sant Romà de Sau is abandoned due to a flood nearby. Before that, it stood proudly for more than 1,000 years for people to use as a place of worship.
In the 1960s, the government created a reservoir and deliberately submerged the entire town. The residents left and took everything with them. The Sant is underwater except for the tip of the church, leaving an eerie reminder of what once was.
Adak Island – Alaska, USA
The other side of the Bering Sea is home to Adak Island. Strong winds and freezing temperatures make this place utterly inhospitable to humans. That doesn’t stop the Aleut People from making it their home for thousands of years.
Due to its location, the US military built a base there during WWII. At its peak, 6,000 soldiers were living there. After the Cold War, everyone left, and only 300 people remain. What’s more, it’s practically abandoned with only some sites still standing.
Whitchurch Hospital – Cardiff, Wales
Whitchurch Hospital opened in 1908 and immediately made it the city’s largest mental health hospital. It was built over ten years and covered five acres of land. At its busiest, it could hold 750 patients.
Over time, the country decided that it was too old and no longer suitable to hold mentally ill people. It closed its doors in 2016 and is currently being turned into a residential development with more than 330 properties.
Hachijo Royal Hotel in Japan
Back in the 1960s, citizens of Japan weren’t allowed to travel overseas (can you imagine?). What the government did to “compensate” was build hotels and resorts that were closer to home and where locals could go on ‘staycations.’
Welcome to the island of Hachijo-Jima! This hotel was built on an island, and for a while, it received a lot of attention, but once international tourism became legal again, the interest understandable waned. Eventually, the hotel closed down in 2006, and now the only hotel guests now are vegetation and shrubbery.
Istvántelek Train Yard – Budapest, Hungary
This abandoned yard is also known as the Red Star Train Graveyard. It acts as the resting place for more than 100 trains and cars that have been left to rot. They are all in varying degrees of disrepair.
Many of these cars were used in the 20th century to carry out some of the most heinous crimes imaginable, including transporting Jewish children to Auschwitz. The site is left alone and is rarely visited by people today.
Cottontail Ranch – Las Vegas, USA
Located only a few hours from Las Vegas lies the Cottontail Ranch in Nevada. It was home to the legendary brothel that rested inside. The Brothel opened its doors in 1967 and hosted the famous Howard Hughes – who was said to be a regular customer of the services.
Madame Beverly Harrell died in 1995, and the brothel was finally closed in 2004. In the last 15 years, no one has touched the land, making it completely abandoned.
Esqueleto Hotel – Brazil
When you think of an empty hotel, movies like The Shining come to mind. But this hotel didn’t experience a moment of insanity like that one. The original name of this hotel was Gavea Tourist Hotel, but was later named the ‘Skelton Hotel.’ It was built in 1953 in Rio de Janeiro.
As strange as it sounds, constructors completed 16 floors before running out of money, and the project stopped. Nineteen years went by before the building was officially ditched, making the place as eerie as it looks in this photo. People visit it by a secret path.