Tuesday, November 17, 2015

21 amazing abandoned places you must visit

 Christ of the Abyss at San Fruttuoso, Italy

Christ of the Abyssis a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ, the original of which is located in the Mediterranean Sea off San Fruttuoso between Camogli and Portofino on the Italian Riviera. 
It was placed in the water on 22 August 1954 at approximately 17 metres depth, and stands c. 2.5 metres tall. Various other casts of the statue are located in other places worldwide, both underwater and in churches and museums.

Kolmanskop in the Namib Desert

Kolmanskop is a ghost town in the Namib desert in southern Namibia, a few kilometres inland from the port town of Lüderitz.
Once a small but very rich mining village, it is now a popular tourist destination run by the joint firm NamDeb (Namibia-De Beers).

The abandoned Wonderland Amusement Park outside Beijing, China

Wonderland is an abandoned amusement park construction project located in Chenzhuang Village, Nankou Town, Changping District, China, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) outside of Beijing. 
Originally designed to be the largest amusement park in Asia (to have covered 120 acres (49 ha)), construction stopped in 1998 following financial problems with local officials, while a 2008 attempt to start construction again also failed.

Fishing hut on a lake in Germany

The Lake fishing hut is located in the Berchtesgaden National Park, in the southeast of Germany, in the free State of Bavaria, and bordering the State of Salzburg in Austria, founded in 1978, the park covers an area of 210 square kilometers, and is owned by the State, featuring landscapes and vast forests and steep rocks.

Holland Island in the Chesapeake Bay

Holland Island is a marshy, rapidly eroding island in the Chesapeake Bay, in Dorchester County, Maryland, west of Salisbury, USA. 
The island was once inhabited by watermen and farmers, but has since been abandoned. It is located in the Holland Strait, between Bloodsworth Island and Smith Island, six miles west of Wenona, Maryland.

Pripyat, Ukraine

Named after the nearby Pripyat River, Pripyat was founded on 4 February 1970, the ninth nuclear city in the Soviet Union, for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of 49,360 before being evacuated a few days after the 26 April 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

Częstochowa, Poland’s abandoned train depot

In 1846 this Warsaw-Vienna Railway line was opened, linking the city with the rest of Europe.

Abandoned distillery in Barbados

Abandoned distillery is situated only seconds away from the Subway Town gate. It was an old alcohol factory of some sort, as many old pipes run through the distillery and occasionally bottles can be seen and found 

Michigan Central Station in Detroit

Michigan Central Station (also known as Michigan Central Depot or MCS), built in mid-1912 through 1913 for the Michigan Central Railroad, was Detroit, Michigan's passenger rail depot from its opening in 1913 after the previous Michigan Central Station burned, until the cessation of Amtrak service on January 6, 1988. At the time of its construction, it was the tallest rail station in the world.

1984 Winter Olympics bobsleigh track in Sarajevo

Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track is a bobsleigh and luge track situated on Trebevi? mountain overlooking the City of Sarajevo, built for the 1984 Winter Olympics. When Sarajevo was awarded the 1984 Winter Olympics in 1977, a bobsleigh and luge track was proposed. The track design was approved in 1981, with construction starting on 1 June of that year. Construction was completed on 30 September 1982 at a cost YUD 563,209,000

Craco, Italy

Craco is an abandoned commune and medieval village located in the Region of Basilicata and the Province of Matera in Italy. About 40 kilometres (25 mi) inland from the Gulf of Taranto at the instep of the “boot” of Italy. It is typical of the hill towns of the region with mildly undulating shapes and the lands surrounding it sown with wheat. It was abandoned in 1963 due to recurring earthquakes.

Russian military rocket factory

It is an active industrial installation that belongs to one of the top manufacturers of liquid-fuel rockets in the world, with strong ties to the Russian military. While some of these places look decrepit and abandoned, the factory is active

Abandoned mill from 1866 in Sorrento, Italy

The Valley of the Mills, The name Valley of the Mills, derives from the existence of a mill - functioning since the beginning of the '900's - used for grinding wheat. Attached to the mill, rose a sawmill which furnished chaff to the Sorrentine cabinet makers. Everything is completed by a public wash-house used by the women. The creation of Tasso Square, since 1866, determined the isolation of the mill area from the sea, provoking a sharp rise of the percentage of humidity, which made the area unbearable and determined its progressive abandon.

Cooling tower of an abandoned power plant

These crumbling cooling towers are part of the remains of a power station in Doncaster, England. When construction began in 1959, the Thorpe Power Plant was expected to be a prototype for all future large-scale power stations in the UK. It remained operational until 1994.

 House of the Bulgarian Communist Party

The ‘House-Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party’ was envisaged as a symbolic meeting place for the communist regime. Resembling something straight out of a 1950s sci-fi flick, the colossal concrete saucer perches at an altitude of 1441 metres above sea level – on one of the most inhospitable peaks of the Balkan Mountains.

Abandoned city of Keelung, Taiwan

Keelung City (also Jilong or Chilung) is a major port city situated in the northeastern part of Taiwan. It borders New Taipei with which it forms the Taipei–Keelung metropolitan area, along with Taipei itself. Nicknamed the Rainy Port for its frequent rain and maritime role, the city is Taiwan's second largest seaport (after Kaohsiung). Keelung is currently administered as a provincial municipality within Taiwan Province of the Republic of China.

Lawndale Theater in Chicago

The Lawndale, which opened in 1927, was located in the North Lawndale community on Roosevelt Road at Pulaski Road. It was a rather large neighborhood movie house, seating 2,000, which later featured burlesque, and after that, movies once more, before it was closed in 1963. It was known as the Rena Theater in its later years. Most recently, the former theater had housed a church.

North Brother Island near New York City, New York

North Brother Island is a small island in the East River situated between the Bronx and Riker's Island, New York City. Once the site of a hospital, it is now uninhabited and designated as a bird sanctuary. It measures approximately 400 m by 250 m. Its smaller companion, South Brother Island, is a short distance away. Together, the two Brother Islands, North and South, have a land area of 20.12 acres (81,400 m2).

Abandoned Blade Mill, France

This resting blade mill seems to be beautiful but was abandoned very long before from its work.

El Hotel del Salto in Colombia

In 1924, the then-luxurious Hotel (Refugio d)el Salto opened on the cliff facing the waterfall to welcome wealthy travelers visiting the Tequendama Falls area. The hotel closed down in the early 90s, thought to be linked to contaminated river water. There has been talk of reopening it and restoring it to its former glory (but as a museum or even a police station) which might help rid the place of its apparent ghosts. They are said to haunt the hotel and according to the caretaker, are believed to be from the old days when bar fights on the second story would end up on its balcony, sometimes resulting in a drunk patron losing more than the fight.

Nara Dreamland in Japan

Nara Dreamland was a theme park near Nara, Japan which was built in 1961 and inspired by Disneyland in California. On August 31, 2006, Nara Dreamland closed permanently due to low visitor numbers.

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