These 11 Abandoned Places Will Send Chills Down Your Spine
Humans have a long standing fascination with abandoned places. Perhaps it’s the poignant silence of decay, or the sometimes dark and brutal history behind a site’s abandonement. Either way, the images captured of these now desolate destinations around the world hold an eeriness that will send chills down your spine.
1. The Buzludzha Monument, Bulgaria
This monument started being built in 1974 to commemorate socialist communism in the remote mountains of Bulgaria. The nation’s army was responsible for its construction, and images of Lenin and Marx watched over the arena along with a huge star shaped window to honor Soviet Russia.
The site was abandoned in 1989 when the government fell from power, leaving it to vandals.
2. Oradour-sur-Glane, France
In 1944, this village in nazi-occupied France was the victim of a terrible massacre. 642 inhabitants, whose majority were women and children, were all killed in one day. No one has gone back since.
Originally named Kulturpark Plänterwald at its opening in 1969, SpreePark was renamed in 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down.
It was very popular in its days, but is now known for its rusted ferris wheels, overturned dinosaurs and eerily overgrown roller coaster.
The reason behind its closure is that the park’s owner went bankrupt and fled the country, taking a few attractions with him in hope of starting a new park. Norbert Witte was then jailed for attempting to smuggle 400 lbs of cocaine back into Germany in 2004, in the sails of a “Magic Carpet” ride.
4. Pripyat, Ukraine
In 1986, The Ukrainian city of Pripyat in Ukraine was completely abandoned by its 50,000 inhabitants after the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster.
Due to radiation poisoning, the city has been untouched since the incident and will probably remain so for thousands of years to come.
5. Willard Asylum, New York
The Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane was opened in 1869. Before its closure in 1995, more than half of its 50,000 total patients died within its walls.
The hospital had an average stay of nearly 30 years. It was rare for someone to ever leave. Upon arrival, patients would bring a suitcase of possessions that were then in fact locked in the attic and forgotten.
6. Hashima Island, Japan
Functioning as a bustling coal mine for almost 100 years (1887 -1974), Hashima Island was once the most densely populated area in the world.
When petrol took over as Japan’s main fuel source, the city fell to ruins. Nobody ever went back.
7. Underwater City, China
Beneath the Qiandao lake in Zhejiang province, China, lies an entire 1300-year-old city.
The Chinese Government flooded Lion City in 1959, to make a giant reservoir and hydroelectricity plant.
8. Military Rocket Factory, Russia
In 2011, explorer Lana Sator broke into an energomash plant near Moscow and photographed what she found.
From 1965 until the 2000’s, the factory was used to build motors for Soviet and Russian spacecrafts.
9. Klomanskop, Namib Desert, Namibia
The small mining town was founded in 1908 when a railroad worker found a diamond at the site. When the mines were finally exhausted in 1954, Klomanskop was completely abandoned.
10. Eastern State Penitentiary, Pennsylvania
Opened in 1829, the Eastern State Penitentiary was an experiment for radical new philosophies in criminal reform. The introduction of the strict isolation of prisoners soon became the model for prison design worldwide.
But solitary confinement in fact drove many inmates insane. The prison staff carried out heinous punishments for minor infringements. Overcrowding became an issue as Eastern State became a maximum security prison until its doors shut in 1971.
11. Six Flags Amusement Park, New Orleans
In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit and devastated New Orleans, Six Flags Amusement park became submerged under seven feet of flood water.
The park was then abandoned and left to rust and decay and now, 10 years later, remains as a testament to the devastation caused by the hurricane.
Since 2007, many companies have attempted unsuccessfully to rehabilitate Six Flags. It has been used for the set of films such as Killer Joe, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jurassic World.