They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and when it comes to some of the most ghostly abandoned places around the world, whoever “they” is are certainly right. In this collection of gorgeous photographs, you can practically feel the history oozing off the screen, from abandoned amusement parks to decaying castles, to incredible mines… these pictures will blow your mind.
A tiny jewel in the setting of the Hudson Highlands is called Pollepel, now familiarly known as Bannerman Island. Once an uninhabited place, accessible only by boat, it was considered haunted by some Indian tribes and thus became a refuge for those trying to escape them.
The “Mir Mine” is the world’s largest diamond mine, located in Mirny, Easter Siberia, Russia. Even now as it lies abandoned, the difference in air pressure created by the giant crater has created serious problems by sucking in passing aircraft, resulting in an airspace ban over the mine’s opening.
Maunsell Sea Forts
A cluster of old anti-aircraft bunkers off the shores of England, the Maunsell Sea Forts are one of the neatest abandoned places in this list. After all, since they were decommissioned they’ve been used as pirate radio stations and a sovereign land once imagined as the headquarters of RIAA nightmare the Pirate Bay. Now, they rust in the sea.
Holy Land USA was an 18-acre theme park in Waterbury, Connecticut, inspired by selected passages from the Bible. It consists of a chapel, stations of the cross and replicas of catacombs and Israelite villages constructed from cinder blocks, bathtubs, and other discards. The park has been closed to the public since 1984, but its grounds remain intact.
Christ of the Abyss
This super creepy giant statue of Jesus was placed in the Mediterranean Sea on 22 August 1954, and has frightened divers ever since. If you don’t want to travel all the way to the Mediterranean, you can always see the statue’s little bother, Christ of the Deep, in Key Largo Florida… just don’t touch it – it’s covered in poisonous coral.
Abandoned House of Bulgarian Communist Party
The Buzludzha monument, also known as the ‘House-Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party’, was created to be a meeting place for the communist regime, but it ended up looking more like a giant flying saucer landed in the Balkan Mountains. The gigantic concrete saucer sits at an altitude of 1441 metres above sea level, above one of the most inhospitable peaks in the area. That might have something to do with why it’s abandoned.
Wreck of SS American Star
On 18 January 1994, the United States Lines ocean liner SS American Star ran aground in a vicious storm. It only took a year of intense sea beatings to break the ship into two pieces, and by 2007 most of the ship was completely submerged. For awhile, it was a paradise for urban explorers and those looking to explore a ship deemed severely haunted, but by 2012, there was virtually nothing of the SS American Star left.
Discovery Island is an 11.5 acre island in Bay Lake at Walt Disney World, Florida. Between 1974 and 1999, the island was open to guests, but it now sits abandoned, reachable only by boat. The island was recently explored by a few adventurers who found lots of cages, lots of dead things in jars, and loads of baby vultures. Rumor has it, the island was officially closed thanks to a deadly virus infecting guests.
At the time of its construction, it was the tallest rail station in the world, but now it simply decays, another victim of Detroit’s struggling economy.
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. Interestingly enough, the park is still powered with electricity, meaning that some of the rides could feasibly still run. Anyone want to look for a switch?
The sunken remains of the 76-ft “Mar Sem Fim,” a Brazillian boat that was used for scientific and educational expeditions. The boat became stuck in ice and the cause of the wreck was severe compression. It sank on April 7, 2012, and now lies at a depth of about 9 meters (30 ft) in Ardley Bay, Antarctica. Thankfully the crew was completely evacuated by the Chilean Navy. No one was hurt.
Opened in 1928, this incredibly cliffside hotel was created to cater wealthy travelers visiting the Tequendama Falls area. The hotel offered breathtaking views of the adjacent waterfall and a lavish setting, but when the Bogotá river was contaminated, tourism took a steep decline and the hotel was forced to shut it’s doors in the early 90′s It sat abandoned ever since. Numerous suicides over the years have resulted in many visitors leaving convinced that the hotel is haunted. But good news! As of this year, the Hotel Salto del Tequendama has been converted into a museum.
Located in the “Valley of the Mills”, this abandoned mill from 1866 is located in Sorrento, Italy and draws hundreds of curious explorers to its walls each year. According to National Geographic:
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."
City Hall, also known as City Hall Loop, was the original southern terminal station of the first line of the New York City Subway, built by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT), named the “Manhattan Main Line”, and now part of the IRT Lexington Avenue Line. Opened on October 27, 1904, this station underneath the public area in front of City Hall was designed to be the showpiece of the new subway.
The station was designed by Rafael Guastavino. The main consulting architects on the IRT stations were George Lewis Heins and Christopher Grant LaFarge for the company Heins & LaFarge. This station is unusually elegant in architectural style, and is unique among the original IRT stations, employing Romanesque Revival architecture.
The platform and mezzanine feature Guastavino tiles, skylights, colored glass tile work and brass chandeliers. Passenger service was discontinued on December 31, 1945, making it a ghost station, although the station is still used as a turning loop for 6 trains.
Occasionally, the station is known to be used as the location of wild parties thrown by secret societies. Got an invite?
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