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The most beautiful abandoned places in the world

Updated on January 3, 2014

Witnesses of a glorious but forgotten era, victims by disaster or just never completed, all these abandoned places fascinate by their melancholy beauty. These ruined buildings that seem haunted, reflect what the world might look like without humans. What dark beauty...

Noisy Castle, Belgium

Noisy Castle ( or Miranda castle) is a building located in Celles in the town of Houyet Namur in Belgium. Built during the Revolution and renovated in the early twentieth century, it is completely abandoned since 1991 and is very dangerous to visit.

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, USA

Active between 1829 and 1971, the prison was one of the most modern in the world. She even hosted Al Capone.

Pripyat, Ukraine

The city of Pripyat, which had 50,000 inhabitants, has been completely abandoned after the Chernobyl disaster.

The Mirny Diamond Mine in Eastern Siberia, Russia

This hole, the second largest in the world dug by man, was made at the request of Stalin to meet the needs of the USSR in diamonds. The mine was abandoned when difficulties to dig deeper proved too insurmountable.

The alien houses of San Zhi, Taiwan

These houses, whose construction began in 1978 were destined for U.S. military officers. But was abandoned for lack of funds.

The Orpheum auditorium, New Bedfod, Massachusetts, United States

Fatal destiny for this hall opened on the same day as the Titanic, April 15, 1912. The place is now occupied by a supermarket, but there is still this beautiful room, even abandoned.

The sinking of the SS America - Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain

This U.S. transatlantic ship built in 1940 for the United States Lines, should end his days in a hotel, but it ran aground on the coast of the Canary Islands in 1994.

Bannerman Castle - Pollepel Island, New York, United States

This medieval-style castle was built by businessman Francis Bannerman VI in the early twentieth century. He has served as a military surplus warehouse before being abandoned in 1920 after an explosion.

The parisian metro station Croix-Rouge, France

Croix-Rouge station is the terminus of the first 10 put into service in 1923. It was closed Sept. 2, 1939, at the beginning of World War II, and was never reopened since, due to is proximity to the Sèvres-Babylone station.

Canfranc station, Spain

This station was once a international stop on the line between France and Spain. But an accident in 1970 destroyed a bridge that allowed access. The station was then abandoned.

The underwater city, Shicheng, China

Shicheng is under water for 53 years, since the construction of a dam that resulted in his disappearance. The city had 1,300 years.

The lighthouse of Aniva Rock - Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russia

Built by the USSR on the largest island of Sakhalin while it served as a prison, the lighthouse is now abandoned.

Red Sands Sea Forts - Sealand, Great Britain

These forts, built during World War II to protect the Thames, have been abandoned.

Michigan Central Station, Detroit, United States

Built between 1912 and 1913 for the city of Detroit, the station at the time was the highest in the world. Closed in 1988, several restoration projects have so far failed.

Dadipark - Dadizel, Belgium

This game park opened in the 50's, closed in 2002.

City Hall metro station, New York, United States

This station was built in 1904 and closed in 1945 because it was not enough used by subway riders.

Holy Land USA - Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

This place is a old attraction park and its theme was the Bible. At the top of its success, either in years 69 and 70, it attracted nearly 40,000 people per year. It was closed in 1984.

The sanatorium Beelitz, Germany

Located near Potsdam in the woods, this sanatorium was built in 1898 and served during the First World War, as military hospital for the Imperial German Army. Adolf Hitler stayed in 1916. The USSR occupied the place in 1945 until 1995. Since then the place is abandoned.

Wonderland Amusement Park, Beijing, China

It should have been the largest amusement park in Asia. But he never got the money to see the day. The land was reclaimed by local farmers.

The train depot in Czestochowa, Poland

Czstochowa is best known for the monastery of the Pauline Fathers at Jasna Gora, which houses an icon of the Black Madonna attracting pilgrims from around the world. But the city has another curiosity, a train depot abandoned that attracts photographers.

A rocket factory in Russia

I do not really know where is located this factory of Russian rockets but it is beautiful.

The Christ of the Abyss, San Fruttuoso, Italy

This statue was voluntarily abandoned by its creator, Guido Galletti, who erected it in 1954 before immersing in water to the delight of divers.

El Hotel del Salto, Colombia

Built in 1928 for tourists visiting the falls all around Tequendama, this hotel has been abandoned due to the contamination of the falls.

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      4 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Abandoned structures are so interesting. I enjoyed each picture and caption.

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