There’s something weird and eerie about abandoned places, whether it’s an abandoned house or train station, every one of them is a picture of history frozen in time. While some of these places are well taken care of and protected, others are completely forgotten about but it doesn’t make them less interesting. That’s why in this article, we are going to list down some of the amazing abandoned places around the world and see behind their rust, dust, and cracks. After all, something is fascinating about seeing the things and places that once belonged to people be reclaimed by nature again, right?
City Hall Subway in New York City
Back in 1904, Rafael Guastavino designed the beautiful City Hall Subway which had vaulted ceilings and chandeliers. However, the commuters chose speed over style that’s why the station was closed in 1940. Today, Transit Museum members can witness the beauty that the City Hall Subway has. But if you are not a member, you can get a glimpse of this stunning architecture, all you have to do is take downtown 6 at Brooklyn Bridge because the train will pass by the City Hall subway before switching to uptown.
The Maunsell Sea Forts in England
These structures might look like they came straight out of an H.G Wells film adaptation but these giant metal towers that are located in Thames estuary were actually made to protect England from German air raids during the World War II. The forts were abandoned in the 1950s and the towers were used by pirate radio operators. Today, one fort is owned and operated by a micronation named Principality of Sealand.
Canfranc International Railway Station in Spain
This stunning and glamorous railway station in Spain had a very dramatic life. This was the largest rail station in Europe when it opened in 1928. But after eight years of operation, the railway got deeply affected by the Spanish Civil war and it was taken over by the Nazis. The Canfranc International Railway Station was restored and renovated several times but it failed to recover its former glory.
Dome Homes in Marco Island, Florida
These alien-looking dome houses that located off the tip of Marco Island were the brainchild of a retired oil tycoon. He built these houses in 1981 to be an eco-friendly vacation home for his family. But storms, hurricanes, and the eroding shorelines in Florida rendered these houses unlivable. As of today, there are no plans for re-occupying these futuristic structures.
Valle Dei Mulini in Sorrento, Italy
This gorgeous structure is located in a deep crack that was created by a prehistoric earthquake. The contemporary design of the Valle Dei Mulini or Valley of the Mills were built in the 13th century. In 1866, the mills were relocated to Piazzo Tasso and the site was completely abandoned in the 1940s. The building got covered with vegetation that thrived in the humid crevasse and it made the structure looked like it has been unused for centuries.
Six Flags or Jazzland in New Orleans
When hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, The Six Flags amusement park became one of the architectural casualties. The park got flooded and the water remained stagnant for several weeks. Today, the park still stands as a pastel wasteland where you can find skeletal roller coasters, decapitated clown statues, and upside-down concession stands.
City of Pripyat in Ukraine
The City of Pripyat in Ukraine was the most affected area by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. The explosion of the nuclear power plant released huge amounts of radiation which forced the residents of Pripyat to flee. Today, the city is one of the most famous abandoned places in the world. You can still see the ghostly reminders of how lively the towns used to be such as clocks are frozen at the same exact time, abandoned amusement park, recreational places, and toys in a schoolhouse.
City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana
Gary, Indiana is a famous place because it is the birthplace of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. But the place also happens to be the location for the eeriest but prettiest abandoned church in the United States. The City Methodist Church was built in 1926 using the money that was donated by U.S Steel. The nine-story structure is complete with stone pillars, Gothic architecture, and stained glass windows. But as Gary’s population decreased and the steel industry continued to weaken over the next several decades, the church was forced to completely shut don in 1975. Today, the structure continues to crumble beautifully and it has become a popular location for film directors and urban explorers. You might see this structure in movies such as Transformers: Dark of the Moon and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Kolmanskop in Namibia
When you will look at Kolmanskop in Namibia today, you wouldn’t guess that it was once a spot for diamond mining and luxury in 1908. But when the residents of the town discovered that they could mine more diamonds in the south side of the town, the site instantly became a ghost town. Today, it is now known for its weird, sand-filled houses which became famous locations for several movies.
Buzludzha Monument in Kazanlak, Bulgaria
This structure was built by the Bulgarian communist regime towards the end of the Cold War. They hoped that the monument would serve as the official headquarters of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The UFO-lie building with Lenin and Marx posters with a red-star ceiling set the ambiance for several state functions. The Buzludzha Monument was abandoned and closed to the public in 1989.
Teufelsberg in Berlin, Germany
Teufelsberg is an abandoned Cold War listening station that is adjacent to the bustling city of Berlin. It is located on top of a 262-foot tall artificial hill called Devil’s Mountain which is just a pile of World War II ruins covering up a Nazi military college. This was built on the mountain so that they can spy on East Berlin. Teulfelsberg was abandoned after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. Today, it’s illegal to visit the site.
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