13 Bone-Chilling Attractions From Around the World

  • 1. The Catacombs of Paris, France


    After blowing your money on escargot, baguettes, crepes and tiny replicas of the Eiffel Tower, no trip to Paris is complete without a trip to the Parisian Catacombs — that is, unless you prefer not being surrounded by thousands of dead bodies, meticulously disassembled and stacked in neat little piles.

    Perhaps the creepiest thing about this place is the fact that someone was responsible for digging up graves, taking apart skeletons, and sorting them into those stacks.

  • 2. The Radioactive Amusement Park, Chernobyl


    If you dislike clowns, weathered toys or Eastern Europe, the Prypiat Amusement Park is definitely in your no-fly zone.

    After the Chernobyl disaster, a catastrophic nuclear event in 1986, everyone within a 19-mile radius was evacuated and forced to leave everything behind. The highest concentration of creepy juju is in the theme park, which still seems to be waiting for the kids to come back and play on its tetanus-ridden bumper cars.

    Despite the creepitude, there is still a minor tourism industry in Kiev based around short tours into the radioactive wasteland. Check your scaredy pants at the door.

    Image: Flickr, Timm Suess
  • 3. The Cave of the Crystal Grave, Belize


    If you were just bold enough to enter those Parisian Catacombs, test your nerves at the Actun Tunichil Muknal.

    This very old cave is purportedly the site of an ancient human sacrifice. Its most famous inhabitant is the Crystal Maiden, who may or may not have been the victim of the aforementioned human sacrifice. She now rests, covered in tiny, glittering crystals, and fused to the floor of the cave. You’ll never look at your little cousin’s rhinestones the same way again.

  • 4. The Island of the Dolls, Mexico


    As the story goes, a man named Don Julian Santana’s day was ruined about five decades ago, when he discovered the body of a little girl washed up on the shore of his island. He promptly went completely insane and spent the rest of his life hanging washed up dolls in the trees in order to appease the restless spirit of the girl. Hence the name, “La Isla de las Munecas.”

    Unsurprisingly, this story doesn’t have a happy ending. In 2001, Santana was found drowned in the river he had obsessed over for 50 years. His family now runs the site as a tourist attraction.

    Image: Flickr, Esparta Palma
  • 5. The Human Library, Sicily


    The Catacombe dei Cappuccini were originally intended as a place for friars to mummify and store themselves until the Second Coming, but soon became the trendy burial site for local elite.

    Now, dressed in their finest death garbs, these mummies are on display in individual shelves throughout the ossuary. Like books. This creepy gesture was a sign of status; only the wealthy could afford display space for their embalmed bodies.

    Image: Sibeaster
  • 6. The Mutter Museum, Philadelphia


    Humans are fascinated by weird things, but sometimes obsession goes a little too far. Dr. Thomas Dent Mutter spent his medical career dealing with the weirdest of the weird in diseases and deformities. After he died, his collection was released and expanded for the public to view.

    Walk into the Mutter Museum today and you are surrounded by a bloated ovary the size of a soccer ball, a wall of deformed heads and a two-headed baby preserved in formaldehyde, among other oddities.

    Image: Flickr, Alex Lau
  • 7. The Ghost City, China


    According to Chinese mythology, the pure of heart go to Heaven when they die, but the evil go to Diyu, the concept of hell. The Ghost City of Fengdu is modeled after that realm.

    The city boasts scores of graves and shrines, evil-looking statues and a bridge that supposedly ejects evil people into the water when they try to cross, kind of like on Wipeout.

    Fengdu is also rumored to be the prime chill-out spot for the King of Hell, and attracts tourists in fanny packs from all over the world.

    Image: Gisling
  • 8. The Cursed Resort, Taiwan


    Stacks of rusting, saucer-shaped pods blemish an otherwise pleasant-looking field, in San Zhi, Taiwan.

    These pods have been abandoned since their construction in the late ’70s — not because they look like an architect had just discovered ’60s drug culture, but instead because the land is supposedly cursed.

    In the 17th century, locals laid siege to the site’s previous occupant, Fort Zeelandia, in an uprising against oppressive Dutch settlers, massacring hundreds of men, women and children.

    The area has since seen countless strange accidents, car crashes and deaths. On top of that, construction workers chopped a remaining lucky dragon statue in half right to make way for the resort.

    The Taiwanese government to this day refuses to talk about San Zhi.

    Image: Flickr, Carrie Kellenberger
  • 9. The Painted Skulls of Hallstatt, Austria


    In a tiny building behind the Hallstatt Catholic Church, there are 1200 human skulls.

    In what has been called a “charming” ceremony, 10 to 15-year-old Hallstattian corpses are dug up, sun-bleached, and decorated, arts ‘n crafts style, with images important to their family members.

    Nothing says “vacay” like being in a room with 2400 graffitied eye sockets staring at you.

  • 10. The Lome Fetish Market, Togo


    The African nation of Togo is only known for a few things: its tropical weather, its fascinating woodcarvings and its crazy underground voodoo bazaar.

    The bazaar is chock-full of dead cats, dogs, monkeys … pretty much dead everything. These items can be used for anything from voodoo to home decor, depending on whether or not your drapes go well with the musky scent of death.

    Image: Flickr, Julius Cruickshank
  • 11. The Mummy Museum, Mexico


    In the 1800s, a cholera outbreak in Guanajuato, Mexico killed hundreds of people. As a result, overcrowded cemeteries became such a problem that the government levied an ongoing tax against the families of those occupying local graves.

    Relatives left with the tax either thought this was unacceptable or just didn’t have the income to pay, so their relatives were dug up and embalmed.

    While this practice was discontinued in 1958, a museum full of these corpses remains. Tourists can witness dozens of cholera victims at a time for just 52 pesos a pop.

    Image: Flickr, Russ Bowling
  • 12. The Suicide Forest, Japan


    Those who live near Aokigahara Suicide Forest say there are three types of people that visit: sightseers who just want to check out the Fuji mountainside, the morbidly curious, and the people who are not expected to ever return.

    These woods are the second most popular place of suicide in the world, following the Golden Gate Bridge. Between 10 and 80 people end their lives in the “Sea of Trees” each year.

    Anti-suicide signs are scattered throughout the area proclaiming things like, “Your life is a precious gift from your parents,” or “Please consult the police before you decide to die!”

    Image: Flickr, mtzn
  • 13. The Bone Church, Czech Republic


    Like many other locations on this list, the citizens of Sedlec, Czech Republic ran into the issue of having more dead bodies than they knew what to do with. While the French stacked them into piles and the Austrians painted them, the Czech priests decided to use the bones for decor.

    In 1870 they brought in a master woodcarver named Frantisek Rint to put the bones in order. As a result of his work, the church is now covered — from steps to steeple — in bone art. More than 40,000 skeletons are arranged into designs, including a cross, the Schwarzenberg coat of arms and an amazing, giant chandelier composed of at least one of each type of human bone.

    Source: http://mashable.com/2013/10/17/scary-attractions/

How to Photograph Abandoned Places

Bring a Flashlight

The single most important tip I can provide anyone planning on visiting an abandoned building is to bring a flashlight.  Most of these locations are without electricity and will have limited natural light.  As such, you’ll need a flashlight to help navigate the dark rooms and corridors that you will encounter.

Beyond its more obvious application, a flashlight can also provide an interesting source of off-camera lighting.  I have a small LED flashlight that I carry on my camera bag and it is often used to light up an area of a room during a long exposure shot.  While a strobe can certainly be effective for many of these situations, a flashlight allows for a high degree of precision with the light.  You can directly control exactly what is lit and for how long.  A flashlight can also add an element of movement to the lighting that will result in an unusual combination of shadows that a flash otherwise may not.

It takes some practice to get a feel for how much light is enough, but with some work the results can be very satisfying.

Stairwell by Chris Folsom


Tripod not Optional

Because of the aforementioned lighting conditions, it goes without saying that you will need a tripod.  More than half of the photos I take at these locales are shot on a tripod with a long exposure of anywhere from a couple of seconds to as much as 20 or 30 seconds.

For those instances when I don’t have my camera on a tripod, image stabilization and fast lenses help as well.  My favorite lens is a 17-50mm f/2.8 paired with my camera’s in-body stabilized sensor.  Wide open, I can usually get a relatively sharp image at 1/10th of a second.  More often than not though, the best results will come from shooting on a tripod.

Control the Exposure

I am not one who believes all serious photographers should shoot in manual 100% of the time.  There are plenty of instances where I am confident that the camera will properly meter the lighting and autopilot mode is fine.  Unfortunately, that tactic will not work in most abandoned buildings.

Because of the extreme lighting conditions of these spaces, you’ll need to control all aspects of the shot.  In the photo shown here, for example, I needed to control the aperture (I wanted this fairly sharp from front to back) and I needed to control the shutter speed to ensure proper lighting.  So, in this case I shot for 30 seconds at f/8.  This particular image is also another example of the flashlight technique described above… I used it to highlight and bring attention to the chairs while leaving the walls to be lit by the little bit of light coming from the window.

Auditorium by Chris Folsom

Go Wide

A wide angle lens can really add to the sense of emptiness and foreboding in these buildings.  The photo shown below was taken by a friend of mine with a 10-22mm lens at 10mm.  Having something that can go wide in the small areas you’ll be photographing can be a huge benefit.

The Lobby by Jonathan Mowry

Emphasize the Mood

Use creative angles and perspectives to play up the natural character of the buildings.  Get your camera low to the ground and shoot upwards to emphasize the vastness of a room, or shoot an angle to heighten the sense of disorientation.  As a photographer you are telling the story of the place you are in and even a subtle shift of the camera’s perspective can make a huge impact on the mood of the photo.

Mouth of Madness by Chris Folsom

Focus on the Details

While it is easy to get caught up in the architecture, try to also pay attention to the discarded items and details in the area as well.  Chairs, books, phones and other remnants from days gone by can provide a powerful centerpiece to the image.   Focusing on a single object can also act as an anchor in an otherwise chaotic environment.

Lost Art by Chris Folsom

My final tip is for you to be careful while exploring these buildings.  No photograph is worth endangering yourself, so take extreme precaution whenever you enter an unfamiliar location.  Be safe and happy shooting!

Source: http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-abandoned-places/

Mesmerizing Abandoned Building Photography

It’s simply mesmerizing how marvelous some abandoned buildings are, like some French manors and other countryside houses. There are also churches and even military facilities… it’s like these places are simply frozen in time waiting their inhabitants to come back and move on with their lives. These were taken by truly talented photographers and for more of their work simply click each image! They’ll definitely enjoy your visit. Also, if you got your own photographs of abandoned buildings, share it with us!

town house interior by Andreas S on 500px.com 
town house interior by Andreas S

Abandoned Manor by Paul Howes on 500px.com 
Abandoned Manor by Paul Howes

Dusty Anthology by James Charlick on 500px.com 
Dusty Anthology by James Charlick

Bed of Princes by David Pinzer on 500px.com 
Bed of Princes by David Pinzer

2 of 3 : Discover by Brandon Sharpe on 500px.com 
2 of 3 : Discover by Brandon Sharpe

Arcana imperii by Niki Feijen on 500px.com 
Arcana imperii by Niki Feijen

The Entrance ...  by Faon Photography on 500px.com 
The Entrance … by Faon Photography

No More Preaching, No More Prayers by Matthias Haker on 500px.com 
No More Preaching, No More Prayers by Matthias Haker

power plant k by Andreas S on 500px.com 
power plant k by Andreas S

All the saints by David Pinzer on 500px.com 
All the saints by David Pinzer

Vintage Lounge by Niki Feijen on 500px.com 
Vintage Lounge by Niki Feijen

Wanna play hide and seek? by Henrique Martins on 500px.com 
Wanna play hide and seek? by Henrique Martins

The Dome by Roman Vukolov on 500px.com 
The Dome by Roman Vukolov

What once was by Niki Feijen on 500px.com 
What once was by Niki Feijen

The Jaws by James Charlick on 500px.com 
The Jaws by James Charlick

Church of the 9 ghosts II by Niki Feijen on 500px.com 
Church of the 9 ghosts II by Niki Feijen

Lack of Water by xflo : w on 500px.com 
Lack of Water by xflo : w

Communicate with me ! by Greg Mckenzie on 500px.com 
Communicate with me ! by Greg Mckenzie

The Last Prayer by Matthias Haker on 500px.com 
The Last Prayer by Matthias Haker

Abandoned School in Tbilisi by Roland Shainidze on 500px.com 
Abandoned School in Tbilisi by Roland Shainidze

chamber of commerce by Sven Fennema on 500px.com 
chamber of commerce by Sven Fennema

back in time by Andreas S on 500px.com 
back in time by Andreas S

Welcome Home by Jeff Edes on 500px.com 
Welcome Home by Jeff Edes

walls of wine by Sven Fennema on 500px.com 
walls of wine by Sven Fennema

Home Sweet Home by Brian Estelle on 500px.com 
Home Sweet Home by Brian Estelle

The Haunting New Bedford Orphuem by Frank Grace on 500px.com 
The Haunting New Bedford Orphuem by Frank Grace

Source: http://abduzeedo.com/mesmerizing-abandoned-building-photography

31 Haunting Images of Abandoned Places That Will Give You Goose Bumps

1. I.M. Cooling Tower, Belgium

Image credits: brokenview

Image credits: Pippa Killi Nova

These are parts of a cooling tower in an old power station in Monceau, Belgium. The trumpet-like structure in the middle introduced hot water to the structure, where it then cooled while dripping down hundreds of small concrete troughs and slats.

2. Kolmanskop, Namibia

Image credits: Chris Gray

Kolmanskop was a small settlement in Namibia that saw a boom in the early 1900s when German settlers realized that the area was rich in diamonds. The surge of wealth gave out after WWI, however, when the diamond field began to deplete. By the 1950s, the town was completely deserted, and is now visited by photographers and tourists.

3. 102-Year-Old Floating Forest in Sydney, Australia

Image credits: Bruce Hood

This is the hull of the SS Ayrfield, a large steam ship condemned to dismantling in Homebush Bay, Australia after WWII. When the dismantling yard closed down, however, it and several other ships remained where they were. Now, it is a beautiful and haunting floating forest that serves as an example of nature’s capacity for survival.

4. The Maunsell Sea Forts, England

Image credits: jelltecks

The Maunsell Sea Forts were erected near the Thames and Mersey rivers in Britain to help defend against potential German air or naval raids during WWII. After being decommissioned in 1950, they have been inhabited by various new tenants, including pirate radio operators and by the Principality of Sealand, which claims to be an independent sovereign state.

5. Last House on Holland Island, U.S.A

Image credits: baldeaglebluff

This house was part of what was once a fairly successful small island colony in Chesapeake Bay in the U.S. Rapid erosion of the island’s mud and silt coast, however, meant that there was less and less room to live on the island. This house was the last one left on Holland Island before it too collapsed in 2010.

6. Pripyat, Ukraine

Image credits: Barry Mangham

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Pripyat was established on Feb. 4th, 1970 in Ukraine near the border of Belarus as a Soviet nuclear city. It was home to many of the workers who worked in the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which melted down disastrously in the 1986 Chernobyl Disaster. After being evacuated, Pripyat remains a radioactive ghost town that can only be visited through guided tours.

7. House of the Bulgarian Communist Party, Bulgaria

Image credits: Dimitar Kilkoff

The former headquarters of Bulgaria’s Communist Party are just as eerie on the outside as on the inside. The flying-saucer-like building, while probably a wonder while it was in use from 1981 until 1991, went into disrepair soon after the fall of the Soviet Union. It is now a ghost of its former self, although plans are being made to restore it.

8. Nara Dreamland, Japan

Image credits: suspiciousminds

The Nara Dreamland park, inspired by Disneyland, was opened in 1961. By 2006, however, it closed down. Now it is a popular destination for urban explorers, although security guards still occasionally patrol the grounds and impose fines.

9. Uninhabited Island in Southwest Florida, U.S.A.

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These small domed structures were built in 1981 on Cape Romano off the coast of Florida in the U.S. They were the summer home of oil producer Bob Lee before falling into disrepair. What their fate will be today is still uncertain.

10. Abandoned Mill, Italy

Image credits: Dale Tennyson

This mill in the Valley of the Mills in Sorrento, Italy was abandoned in 1866. This mill ground wheat, and a sawmill operated nearby as well. The mill was isolated from the sea by the construction of Tasso Square, which raised the humidity in the area and caused it to be abandoned.

11. Michigan Central Station in Detroit, U.S.A.

Image credits: Chris Luckhardt

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Michigan Central Station was built in 1913 in Detroit to create a new public transportation hub. Several planning oversights and mistakes, however, led to its gradual decline and closing in 1988. The building’s fate is still being decided, but in the mean time, the station has appeared in several films and videos, including Eminem’s “8 Mile” film and “Beautiful” music video.

12. Sunken Yacht, Antarctica

Image credits: ruschili.35photo.ru

This eerie ghost ship is the Mar Sem Fim, a Brazilian yacht that was shipwrecked near Ardley Cove in Antarctica. A Brazilian crew had taken it to film a documentary, but strong winds and stormy seas forced the crew to abandon ship. The water that washed over the ship froze, cracked its hull and sunk the yacht, but it has since been salvaged.

13. The Haunting New Bedford Orphuem, U.S.A.

Image credits: Frank Grace

The New Bedord Orpheum is an old theater and entertainment building located in Massachusetts in the U.S. It was opened in 1912 and closed in 1959 – since then, it has stored tobacco and served as a supermarket. Now, the Orph Inc. nonprofit is trying to raise money to revitalize the building.

14. Abandoned Train Station, Abkhazia, Georgia

Image credits: Ilya Varlamov

This train station in Sukhumi, Abkhazia was abandoned during the War in Abkhazia in 1992 and 1993. The dispute between Georgia and Russia over the region has isolated the region, but the decaying station retains some of its former glory in the form of intricate plaster work and mahogany furniture.

15. Abandoned Wooden Houses, Russia

Image credits: Andrew Qzmn

These beautiful, intricately decorated buildings are found deep in Russian forests, where their isolation has helped them remain relatively intact.

16. Underwater City in Shicheng, China

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This incredible underwater city, trapped in time, is 1341 years old. Shicheng, or Lion City, is located in the Zhejiang province in eastern China. It was submerged in 1959 during the construction of the Xin’an River Hydropower Station. The water protects the city from wind and rain erosion, so it has remained sealed underwater in relatively good condition.

17. The Abandoned City Hall Subway Stop in New York, U.S.A.

Image credits: John Paul Palescandolo & Eric Kazmirek

This beautifully-designed metro station sits underneath City Hall in New York City. Because of its location, much attention was given to its design, but nearby stations ensured that this one never received a significant amount of traffic, and its curved layout made it unsafe for use with newer, longer trains. The station was closed in 1945 and, because of security concerns, it generally remains closed, with the exception of occasional exclusive tours.

18. Salto Hotel, Colombia

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The Hotel De Salto opened in 1928 near Tequendema Falls in Colombia to serve tourists who came to marvel at the 157 meter-tall waterfall. It closed down in the early 90s after interest in the waterfall declined. In 2012, however, the site was turned into a museum.

19. Abandoned Subway Tunnel in Kiev, Ukraine

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This image of an abandoned subway tunnel was captured in the metro system underneath Kiev, Ukraine. Many of the tunnels are partially flooded, and stalactites hang from the ceilings.

20. Abandoned Submarine Base in Balaklava, Ukraine

Image credits: Thomas Alboth

While this old submarine dock in Ukraine isn’t totally abandoned, the decommissioned formerly top-secret site near Balaklava is still impressive. Until its decommissioning in 1993, the site was one of the Soviet Union’s most top-secret sites, and was said to be able to weather a direct nuclear strike due to its underground construction. Today, it is a national naval museum.

21. Abandoned Military Hospital in Beelitz, Germany

Image credits: Michis Bilder

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These eerie pictures are part of the Beelitz-Heilstätten hospital complex in Beelitz, Germany. The large complex was built at the end of the 1800s and helped Adolf Hitler recuperate from a leg wound incurred at the Battle of Somme in 1916. Parts of the complex remain in operation, but most were abandoned after the Soviets withdrew from the hospital in 1995.

22. Hashima Island, Japan

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Hashima island in Japan has a wide array of nicknames, including Battelship Island (for its shape) and Ghost Island. From the late 1800s to late 1900s, the island was populated because of the access it granted to undersea coal mines. However, as Japan gradually switched from coal to petroleum, the mines (and the buildings that sprung up around them to support their workers) closed down, leaving an isolated ghost town that reminds some of a ghostly concrete battleship.

23. San Zhi, Taiwan

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These alien-looking houses in Sanzhi were initially intended to serve as a vacation destination, especially for U.S. military officers returning from their positions in Asia. Lost investments and unfortunate car accidents, however, forced the site to close down in 1980, not long after it had been built. Unfortunately, the buildings were torn down in 2010.

24. Abandoned Church in the Snow, Canada

Image credits: Kevin McElheran

Source: http://www.boredpanda.com/abandoned-places/

The 38 Most Haunting Abandoned Places On Earth.

By Jake Heppner

1. Pripyat, Ukraine

1. Pripyat, Ukraine

Barry Mangham/Pixog


Pripyat, a city of nearly 50,000, was totally abandoned after the nearby Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. Due to radiation, it has been left untouched ever since the incident and will be for many thousands of years into the future. Nature now rules the city in what resembles an apocalyptic movie.


2. Mirny Diamond Mine – Eastern Siberia, Russia

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

3. Farmhouse - Seneca Lake, New York



This abandoned farmhouse in New York state also acts as a graveyard for many vintage cars which are now empty shells of their former selves.

4. Ryugyong Hotel – Pyongyang, North Korea

4. Ryugyong Hotel - Pyongyang, North Korea


The 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.


5. Willard Asylum – Willard, New York

5. Willard Asylum - Willard, New York



Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane was built in 1869 and closed in 1995. Housing 4000 patients at its peak, more than half of the 50,000 patients who called Willard Asylum their home died within its walls. This makes the asylums morgue (pictured above) one of the creepiest places we can imagine. By its closure, most patients were eventually integrated back into society, but in the early days “people didn’t leave unless it was in a box.”


6. Sanzhi UFO Houses – San Zhi, Taiwan

6. Sanzhi UFO Houses - San Zhi, Taiwan


These 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.


7. Six Flags Jazzland – New Orleans, Louisiana

7. Six Flags Jazzland - New Orleans, Louisiana



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.


8. Gulliver’s Travels Park – Kawaguchi, Japan

8. Gulliver’s Travels Park - Kawaguchi, Japan

Old Creeper

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

9. Bannerman Castle - Pollepel Island, New York


Bannerman 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.


10. Disney’s Discovery Island – Lake Buena Vista, Florida

10. Disney’s Discovery Island - Lake Buena Vista, Florida


A 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.


11. Aniva Rock Lighthouse – Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russia

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

12. Canfranc Rail Station, Spain


Canfranc 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.


13. Chateau Miranda – Celles, Belgium

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

14. Abandoned Coal Plant - France

Martin Vaissie

15. Eilean Donan – Loch Duich, Scotland

15. Eilean Donan - Loch Duich, Scotland


Located in the Highlands of Scotland, the Eilean Donan island sat abandoned until 1911, when it was restored by a prominent retired military officer.


16. Hashima Island, Japan

16. Hashima Island, Japan



In the past Hashima Island was rich in coal, with over 5000 miners once living on the island. When petrol replaced coal as Japan’s main source of fuel, the settlement was left abandoned. Now the once thriving town is creepily abandoned, with only shadows remaining.


17. Abandoned Mill – Ontario, Canada

17. Abandoned Mill - Ontario, Canada

Dan Brien



18. City Hall Station – New York City, New York

18. City Hall Station - New York City, New York


City Hall Station was built in 1904 and closed in 1945 as only around 600 people used it only a daily basis.


19. Orpheum Auditorium – New Bedford, Massachusetts

19. Orpheum Auditorium - New Bedford, Massachusetts


This 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.

April 15th 1912

April 15th 1912


20. Holy Land USA – Waterbury, Connecticut

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

21. Abandoned Power Plant - Belgium


22. Wreck of the SS America – Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

22. Wreck of the SS America - Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Pedro Lopez Batista

This former United States ocean liner was wrecked in 1994 after 54 years of service.


23. Underwater City – Shicheng, China

23. Underwater City - Shicheng, China


Shicheng 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.


24. Abandoned Domino Sugar Factory — Brooklyn, New York

24. Abandoned Domino Sugar Factory -- Brooklyn, New York


25. Red Sands Sea Forts – Sealand, United Kingdom

25. Red Sands Sea Forts - Sealand, United Kingdom


Originally 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.


26. Overgrown section of the Great Wall – China

26. Overgrown section of the Great Wall - China

Trey Ratcliff

The 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.


27. Michigan Central Station – Detroit, Michigan

27. Michigan Central Station - Detroit, Michigan

Jean-Pierre Lavoie, photojpl.com


Built through 1912 and 1913, Central Station served as the passenger rail depot for Detroit and was the tallest train station in the world. With the closure of the line in 1988, Central Station fell into disuse and all restoration plans have failed.


28. Dadipark – Dadizel, Belgium

28. Dadipark - Dadizel, Belgium

A simple playground, Dadipark opened in the 1950s and closed in 2002.


29. Military Hospital – Beelitz, Germany


30. Empty Organ Room

30. Empty Organ Room


31. Abandoned church with chairs still standing

31. Abandoned church with chairs still standing


This church was left to decay with the chairs still standing and a baby’s coffin still visible.


32. Wonderland Amusement Park – Beijing, China

32. Wonderland Amusement Park - Beijing, China


Designed to be the biggest amusement park in Asia, Wonderland was never completed after financial issues. The land has since been cultivated by local farmers.


33. Częstochowa Train Depot – Poland

33. Częstochowa Train Depot - Poland


34. An Abandoned Rocket Factory – Russia

34. An Abandoned Rocket Factory - Russia


35. El Hotel del Salto – Colombia

35. El Hotel del Salto - Colombia


Hotel 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.

36. Christ of the Abyss - San Fruttuoso, Italy


36. Christ of the Abyss – San Fruttuoso, Italy

37. Railroad in the Fall - Lebanon, Missouri


Guido Galletti built this statue of Christ in 1954 and placed it into the water at a depth of 55 feet.


37. Railroad in the Fall – Lebanon, Missouri

38. Eastern State Penitentiary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


38. Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Operated from 1829 until 1971, Eastern State was one of the first modern penitentiaries. Now a national landmark, the prison was designed in a revolutionary wagon wheel shape which became a globally adopted style. Eastern State held the likes of Willie Sutton and Al Capone. If only walls could talk…


The adventurous part of me is dying to explore every single one. I can only imagine the mysteries that lie just beneath the surface.

Source: http://news.distractify.com/culture/arts/the-most-spectacular-abandoned-places-in-the-world/