More Beautiful Abandoned Places

Whether they are forgotten architectural marvels, hauntingly beautiful old buildings, or even sacred sites that are now wildly overrun by nature, these places are a wonder to behold.
 
Here are more of the most breathtaking abandoned places that you will ever lay your eyes on.

Church In The Snow, Canada

This church located in a small town in Ontario, Canada looks as though it has not been inhabited for some time and is in desperate need of a community to come and revive it.

 

With the sun shining through its windowless frame it looks quite inviting, and whoever was passing by this church and snapped the photo clearly felt inspired.

Submarine Base in Balaklava, Ukraine

This former submarine base used to be one of the Soviet Union’s top-secret naval bases. Based in a town called Balaklava, it was decommissioned in 1993 is said to be able to withstand a nuclear attack.

 

This site isn’t actually abandoned as today it is home to the Ukrainian Naval Museum, and hosts an exhibition on the Crimean War.

Subway Tunnel in Kyiv, Ukraine

This image was taken from the inside of an abandoned subway tunnel which makes up part of the metro system in Kyiv, Ukraine.

 

It is said that all of the metro tunnels in Ukraine are also purpose-built to withstand a nuclear attack, and so in the event, the population of Kyiv could take shelter in the tunnel system.

Wooden Houses, Russia

These intricately designed wooden houses, situated deep in the forests of Russia are still a thing of beauty. They were designed in the style of the architect Ropet, although we don’t know if he developed this specific one.

 

Due to their remote location and strong timbers, they have managed to remain mostly intact.

El Hotel del Salto – Colombia

The hotel was originally built alongside the Tequendama falls in 1928 and was supposed to serve as an upmarket retreat for Colombia’s wealthier holiday goers. It was soon discovered that the Tequendama falls were actually contaminated which meant no one was interested in visiting it.

 

The hotel stood alongside empty and abandoned. The building is still there today and has a haunted quality to it.

Train Station, Abkhazia, Georgia

This beautiful old train station was abandoned in 1993 after the war between Georgia and Russia and fell into a state of disrepair.

 

The conflict between the two regions caused the area to be isolated. If you were to try and visit, you would still be able to see some of the intricate colonnades and rosettes on the ceiling in the plasterwork.

The Haunting New Bedford Orpheum, U.S.A.

The New Bedford Orpheum was opened in Boston on April 15, 1912, which was the same day as the Titanic sunk. It functioned as a theatre, but there was also an armored shooting range.

 

The theatre eventually closed in 1959. Since closing it was used for storage by a tobacco company and currently houses a supermarket at the back of the building.

Sunken Yacht, Antarctica

Just by Ardley Cove in the middle of Antarctica is a sunken yacht called Mar Sem Fim. Due to strong winds and harsh conditions, the crew was forced to, quite literally, abandon ship.

 

The icy waters took hold of the yacht and caused it to freeze under the waves and sunk the boat.

Abandoned Mill, Italy

The Valley of the Mills in Sorrento gives us a clue as to what life would be like without humans.

 

The mills have also been separated from the sea by the construction of Tasso Square which increased the humidity in the region, causing people to leave in search of a more livable climate.

House Of The Bulgarian Communist Party, Bulgaria

This building which used to be the home of the communist party was shaped like a UFO and is just as intriguing from the inside as it looks from the outside.

 

The building was only in use for ten years from 1981 – 1991, but with the fall of the communist government, the building was abandoned and neglected.

102-Year-Old Floating Forest

The 102-Year-Old floating forest is located in Homebush Bay, Sydney, Australia. The forest has grown out of the remains of the old SS Ayrfield, which was a large ship used during the Second World War.

 

When the war ended, the boat was left to rot in the bay, and the trees started to sprout out of it, and the other ships that were left alongside it.

Kolmanskop, Namibia

The town of Kolmanskop in Namibia benefited from the diamond rush in the early 1900s.

 

The rush ended shortly after the Second World War and the population moved on, leaving the town empty and desolate. It is still a popular site with tourists who like to come to visit and in the hope of finding a diamond in the ruff.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Opened in 1829, the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia was one of the USA’s first modern prisons and remained open until 1971.

 

Thinking of the types of people who used to walk the halls in a building like this gives it a creepy feel, and now as an abandoned building, you get that feeling twice as much.

Częstochowa Train Depot – Poland

Częstochowa was once a thriving town, nestled between Russia and Poland.

 

The station was eventually closed, and now, the depot sits abandoned with its trains. This train graveyard still attracts thousands of rail enthusiasts a year to come and see the trains in a state of disrepair.

Military Hospital – Beelitz, Germany

The complex of about 60 buildings was initially designed to be a sanitorium but became a military hospital during World War 1.

 

Buildings including the psychiatric ward or surgery were successfully taken over and had been left abandoned since 1994 and unsecured giving rise to graffiti and a feeling of a ghost town.

Dadipark – Dadizel, Belgium

The Dadipark which opened during the 1980s was primarily a giant playground, with structures such as giant slides and swings for visitors to enjoy.

 

Unfortunately, as more advanced theme parks have come into the mix, the original excitement for this kind of experience lost its sparkle, and the park decided to close in 2002.

Red Sands Sea Forts – Sealand, United Kingdom

The micronation of Sealand, which is located off the coast of Suffolk, England has claimed ownership of these derelict structures.

 

The forts were never dismantled after the war and were never maintained, giving them a rusted and creepy appearance.

Abandoned Domino Sugar Factory

The Domino Sugar factory was functioning up until 2004 when it closed down.

 

The end came for the 150-year-old factory after 250 members of staff went on an extended strike. The company eventually decided to cease all operations and closed the factory.

Underwater City – Shicheng, China

The city of Scicheng in China was over 1,300 years old, but around 50 years ago the government decided to flood the area for the Xin’an River Hydro Plant intentionally.

 

Having a city like this, which was thriving and immaculately maintained and essentially sinking it underwater is a fantastic opportunity for Scooba divers to explore, getting up close to some incredible history.

Abandoned Power Plant – Belgium

The massive size of this structure is enough to creep us out, but its water-cooling station is also starting to be overtaken by nature which is adding a creepy natural element.

 

This power station was once a fundamental structure for the city, and now it sits unused.

Holy Land USA – Waterbury, Connecticut

The Holy Land park, which was designed by taking inspiration from various biblical passages, used to be a favorite theme park.

 

The park was eventually closed in 1984, but the grounds are still maintained, so it doesn’t feel as spooky as some of the other abandoned places on our list.

City Hall Station – New York City, New York

This beautiful station located in the heart of New York City and was designed by Rafael Guastavino, whose distinctive arched tiled designs also featured in Grand Central Station and the US Supreme Court.

 

Unfortunately, because the station was only receiving an average of 600 passengers a day, it was decided that in 1945 it should close.

Hashima Island, Japan

This island in Japan was once upon a time inhabited by over 5000 miners and their families.

 

The island went into decline as petroleum started to replace coal as Japan’s first choice for energy. We can see from the picture that the building looks run down and dilapidated.

Chateau Miranda – Celles, Belgium

Although the castle is located in Belgium, it was actually built by French aristocrats who had left France during the revolution.

 

In the years after and as the Second World War approached, it was turned into an orphanage and functioned as one until 1980 when the building was abandoned.

Aniva Rock Lighthouse – Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russia

At first glance, this abandoned lighthouse looks idyllic, situated in the seas between the East coast of Russia and Japan. In reality, the building used to serve as a prison for some of Russia’s most dangerous criminals.

 

The prison has since been closed down, but the island remains under Russian control with the lighthouse now derelict and the island uninhabited.

Disney’s Discovery Island – Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Lake Buena Vista on Disney’s Discovery Island may not too look too dangerous or creepy, in fact, it seems picturesque. However, rumor has it that the lake is the reason why this attraction was closed.

 

Unfortunately, the water in the lake carries a bacterium that is so dangerous to humans that it could cause death.

Gulliver’s Travels Park – Kawaguchi, Japan

This park is dedicated to the story of Gulliver’s travels, as we can see from the giant Gulliver lying down in the middle of the park.

 

The Japanese government tried to keep the property open but unfortunately not even that could save it. Now, despite its bright facades, the park lies empty and derelict.

Sanzhi UFO Houses – San Zhi, Taiwan

In 2008 they decided to make the building weatherproof and fitted it with an outer layer of glass costing a huge $150 million.

 

However, the project was never completed as there wasn’t enough money, and a series of car accidents gave the area a negative connotation, and the project ground to a halt just two years later.

Ryugyong Hotel – Pyongyang, North Korea

The enormous Ryugyong Hotel was a project under the North Korean dictatorship, and with 105 floors it would be one of the tallest hotels in the world. However, the country was plagued by famine, and work on the hotel ground to a halt.

 

Much of the hotel remains unfinished to this day, despite having a polished look from outside.

‘Haunted House’

This house dates back to 1908 when it was built in Belgium. It definitely has the potential for grandeur with its spires on the roof, bay windows, and high ceilings.

 

Unfortunately, it has been abandoned and has been left to decay.

Beautiful Abandoned Villa in Savona

This is La Villa Zanelli which was built in 1907 and located in Savona, Italy. It was originally built by Nicolo Zanelli his family who inhabited the villa until 1933 when it was sold to the Milan municipality.

 

It was shortly after this that the building was abandoned and suffered from neglect. Local vandals came and graffitied on the walls and left it in a terrible state.

The Manchester Convalescent Home

The Manchester Convalescent Home or Barnes Hospital was completed in 1875 and can be noted as an example of gothic revival architecture is a Grade II listed building.

 

The building was left to rot and fell into a state of neglect. It has been sold and resold from one developer to the next for as much as 12 million euros.

The Remains of the Pegasus

This area is named after the Pegasus plane which crashed in the area on 8 October 1970. The model of the aircraft was a C-121 Lockheed Constellation.

 

On this occasion, they had already passed the Point of Safe Return (PSR), and there was not enough fuel to get them home safely, so they decided to make an emergency landing in Antarctica.

Abandoned Cottage at The Kerry Way Walking Path

This abandoned cottage which is now more moss than bricks and mortar can be found along the Kerry Way walking trail.

 

It was first proposed in 1982 and cost approximately 60,000 IEP to complete. It forms part of the E8 European Walking Route which runs all the way from Dursey Island in County Cork to Istanbul in Turkey.

A Bombed Library, WWII

The Holland House Library originally formed the Manor House and the Manor of Kensington and was built by Sir Walter Cope in 1605.

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This image shows the wreckage of the library after a German bomb hit the building during the blitz in 1940. It was almost entirely destroyed, but some of the bookshelves remained.

Submerged US WWII Lockheed P-38 Lightning

This is an image of the Maid of Harlech, the United States Air Force Army (USAAF) fighter jet which is believed to have crashed during a training exercise off the coast of Wales in 1942.

 

It wasn’t until 65 years later when the wreckage was discovered, with plans to retrieve it.

Abandoned Railroad Track in A Forest

This beautiful sight is called the Jiancing Historical Trail and is located near the Taipinshan Villa in Taiwan. It was originally made up of 5.5 km of log railway.

 

About 2 km of the track was lost, and the path measured a distance of 2.3 km. This was until a typhoon hit in 2013 and destroyed all but 900 m of the hiking trail.

Huge Man Hole Spills Diamonds For Decades

The Mir Diamond Mine is the second-largest man-made hole in the world.

 

Originally constructed by Stalin it was eventually abandoned as the cost of keeping the mine open became untenable.

Atkins Halls Apartments, St. Anne’s Asylum

Atkins Halls. Located in Cork, Ireland, used to function as a mental asylum back in the 1800s.

 

Today, half of the units have been converted into modern apartments, the other half remained abandoned and are suffering from major conservational and structural problems.

Nara Dreamland, Japan

This was a theme park in Japan that was said to be inspired by the ever-popular Disneyland parks. The Nara Dreamland park was initially opened in 1961 and was a popular attraction at one time.

 

However, by 2006, it was agreed the park should close and now seems to be frequented by urban explorers and the occasional security guard.

Former Treatment House

This is the Pavilion de Bai, which acted as a treatment center and sanitorium. It was located in Valcea County in the heart of Romania.

 

When the area was taken over by communism, these kinds of institutions were starved of funding and as a result and became neglected.

Six Flags in New Orleans, USA

The Six Flags Jazzland park was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina, which struck New Orleans on 25 August 2005.

 

Abandoned theme parks are definitely one of the spookiest places to be, especially when you think about that terrible day when the hurricane hit and destroyed everything in its path.

Love Finds A Church in Iceland

In the small Icelandic town of Búðir, on the Snæfellsjökull peninsula lies a secluded church called Búðakirkja.

 

First built in 1703, it is surrounded by lava fields, and the only other building nearby is a small hotel. The church was reclaimed in 1987 and restored.

Abandoned Dome Houses in Southwest Florida

Located on the Southwestern coast of Florida sit a group of small and uninhabited domed structures on Cape Romano.

 

They were built in 1981 to serve as a holiday home to the oil mogul Bob Lee, but have since been left empty and now look neglected and run down.

Abandoned Castle in Italy

Finding an abandoned castle in Italy is not a unique occurrence. There are several for sale, some which have already been restored and refurbished and others which are in a state of disrepair, a “fixer-upper.”

 

Who knows, an abandoned castle like this probably has some kind of sinister past and might be haunted too!

Sunken Boats in Queensland, Australia

It seems strange to have this many shipwrecked boats in one small area. The reason being that these were sunken here on Moreton Island on purpose to make a safe harbor for some of the smaller boats on the island.

 

It looks like these sunken boats, which dated back to 1963, were previously barges or steam dredges that were no longer in use.

Abandoned Gentzrode in Neuruppin, Brandenburg, Germany

This building, called Gentzrode was designed by Carl von Diebitch on a piece that was purchased by Johann Gentz in 1840. It took some 21 years for construction to start. This caused Johann to file for bankruptcy and left the family in a desperate state.

 

In 2010 it was purchased by a Turkish investor with hopes to restore the property, but plans were halted when live ammunition from World War II was thought to have been found on-site which required proper disposal.

Old Power Station in Belgium

Built in 1921, this abandoned power plant in Belgium is intimidating enough just to look at. At the time of completion, it was one of the largest coal-burning plants in the country.

 

Unsurprisingly Greenpeace started to take notice of the plant and protested for it to be closed down, which eventually happened in 2007.

Lucy The Elephant Hotel, New Jersey

Lucy the Elephant suffered many disasters, which included a fire and having its Howda blown off the top of the building.

 

Eventually, the building was so damaged and was suffered such severe neglect that the city condemned it and said it should be torn down, with a new developer for the area wanting to have Lucy removed altogether.

Abandoned Mining Town On Silver Islet, Lake Superior, Ontario, Canada

You’ve heard about the gold rush in Australia, well this was a silver rush in a small town on the banks of Lake Superior in Ontario, Canada.

 

The mine functioned until 1883 when there was a lack of funding for the fuel required to power the furnaces and the water-filled shafts. The mine lays abandoned until this day.

Partially Sunken Ship in Roatan, Honduras

The area of Rotan is home to a number of shipwrecks. The one in this image is the Dixon Cove wreck which happened in the 1970s and was wrecked in a storm and then pushed into the channel where it became stranded and eventually abandoned.

 

Local thieves came aboard the ship to loot whatever they could, and the wreckage has been left abandoned ever since.

The Wreck Of SS America, Canary Islands

The SS America was built in 1940 and was primarily used as a passenger ship until it was caught up in a wreck in 1994.

 

What was supposed to be a glorious 100-day journey ended in misery as the ship was destroyed and abandoned.

An Abandoned Victorian Home, San Francisco

Wedged between two modern-looking properties is the small and charming original Victorian home in San Francisco.

 

We imagine that when the house was inhabited, the garden was well maintained and a source of joy for the owner.

Lagoon Beach, Milnerton, South Africa

This little love bug of a car has been totally abandoned on Milnerton beach in South Africa.

 

From the background it looks like something is on fire, perhaps there is a volcano that is erupting, and the driver and passengers just had to run for their lives abandoning this vintage vehicle that had gotten stuck in the sand.

Michigan Central Station in Detroit, U.S.A.

At the time when it was built between 1912 and 1913, it replaced the original depot in downtown Detroit after a fire in 1913 forced its closure. By 1988 the station was closed entirely.

 

Despite umerous attempts to find an investor to regenerate the building and bring it back, none have been successful. But, in 2018, Ford Motor Company acquired it in order to rework the facility.

Old Helensburgh Railway Tunnel

Built back in the 1880s, this tunnel was one of a network of seven tunnels that linked the countryside between Waterfall and Otford in Australia.

 

The original tunnel was left superfluous, and it was eventually closed down. They have since been subject to some vandalism, and so visitors are no longer allowed to enter the tunnels.

Abandoned Hotel in Colombia

This beautiful old hotel sits on a cliff overlooking the shores of the Bogata River. This was once the perfect vacation spot, with views of the river and the waterfall in the distance.

 

However, this came to an abrupt end when the Bogata river was flooded with industrial waste and became contaminated.

Police Motorcycle Graveyard

This graveyard of old Harley Davidson’s is located in Lima, Peru, and owned by the National Police od Puente Piedra.

 

There had been some budgetary issues, and the police were unable to keep the bikes in working order, and so they were taken out of circulation and abandoned in this parking site.

Abandoned Railroad Bridge in Pittsburgh

In this image, we can see an abandoned railway bridge located in Pennsylvania.

 

This is just one of many bridges and stretches of the railroad around Pennsylvania that have been abandoned as a result of the decline in popularity of the train as a method of transport.

The Oldest British Warship

This former British warship was found in the Great Lakes. Known as the HMS Ontario, it is believed to have been sunk in 1780 with 130 men on board, all of whom died.

 

Amazingly, when it was found, somewhere between Niagra falls and Rochester in upstate New York, in 2008, over 200 years later it was still mostly intact.

Abandoned House of Pancho Semov

Pancho Semov was known as the Bulgarian Rockefeller thanks to his fantastic wealth. He was the proprietor of a number of properties, and he intended that his home would become a retirement home.

 

The mansion which was intended as a retirement home was turned into a ward for those suffering from infectious tuberculosis. At least it is still functioning with the aim of helping those in need.

The Last House on Holland Island, U.S.A

Holland Island, located in the Chesapeake Bay used to be a thriving coastal community with shops, a school, a church, and many beautiful Victorian houses like we see here.

 

Slowly but surely the island was getting worn away by the sea, and it didn’t matter what they tried nothing could stop it. This house is the last one on Holland Island.

Russian Shipwreck in The Red Sea

There are many sunken ships lying at the bottom of the Red Sea, but this one is known as the “Russian Wreck.”

 

The remains of this ship which is believed to have been a fishing trawler named the Khanka was found in 1988 in the waters of the Red Sea.

An Old Abandoned Farm in Ontario

The house in the background is completely dilapidated with the wood on the exterior falling apart.

 

The trees are completely bare which isn’t surprising seeing as we are in Canada. However, in the foreground is a perfectly manicured lawn. This picture fills us with intrigue.

The Baikonur Cosmodrome

The Baikonur Cosmodrome was for a long time a Russian state secret, and in fact, it was from this very spot that Yuri Gagarin, the first man to go into space was launched in April 1961.

 

With the new state of Kazakhstan being formed, this site was no longer under Russian control and therefore was abandoned.

VW Bug

This is a replica VW bug that is part of the exhibition at the Underwater Museum in Cancun.

 

There are a total of 500 sculptures that make up the whole museum most of which were designed by a British sculptor named Jason deCaires Taylor.

Abandoned Yellow House in Nova Scotia

The abandoned house probably looked glorious when it was occupied but now could do with a coat of paint to restore it and bring it back to life. Sadly, this property was probably abandoned due to its location.

 

There are not many opportunities for young people in these remote parts, and so children leave and head to the city where there are better chances of finding a job.

Fishing Hut On a Lake in Germany

Deep within the mountains of the Berchtesgaden National Park sits a deserted old fishing hut resting on the waters of the Obersee Lake.

 

By the time it was rediscovered the hut had been completely emptied with no signs as to who the previous owners were or when it was built.

The Selma Abandoned Plantation

The Selma Plantation estate, a 20-room mansion, used to stand in all of its glory on the 212-acre plot of land.

 

At some point in time, the property was completely abandoned, and the building fell into a state of disrepair with mold growing on the walls, smashed windows, and creaky, broken floorboards.

Mount Sinaburg

The Mount Sinabung volcano is highly active and in recent years has erupted several times. This has meant the local population has left the area, and so many buildings, homes, and churches have been left abandoned.

 

Sadly, those who left were leaving their homes and their livelihoods, many of them farmers, and ended up staying in refugee camps.

Cars Left By US Soldiers In Belgium

In a small village in southern Belgium called Chatillion, there is a graveyard of old cars that once belonged to the US army. Their soldiers were given these cars while during World War II.

 

Unsurprisingly, once the soldiers returned back to America, they were not interested in shipping a car from Belgium, and they abandoned them in what looks like a car graveyard.

Stradbally, Ireland

This lovely abandoned cottage with its unusual blue-tiled roof is located near Stradbally, in a clearing of this yellow forest which is quite stunning.

 

It’s estimated that the cottage was built somewhere between 1800 – 1920, but with its tiled roof and cast-iron windows, it might be closer to the late 1800s.

Christ Of The Abyss

This statue of Jesus Christ was designed to be submerged into the sea to represent Christ offering a benediction of peace as he casts his eyes towards the sky and into heaven.

 

The bronze statue was designed by Guido Galletti and placed in the Mediterranean Sea between Camogli and Portofino, which is near the spot where Dario Gonzatti, the first Italian scuba diver died.

Fukushima

In March 2011 a huge earthquake and tsunami hit the region. This led to a nuclear power plant having a radiation leak meaning the entire population of the city needed to be evacuated from Fukushima.

 

This is an image of an abandoned supermarket which is just one of the thousands of buildings, whether homes or businesses that were evacuated as a result of this disaster.

Amazing Autumn in Germany

This is the Rakotzbrücke Devil’s Bridge which is located in Gablenz, Germany. It was built in the 19th century and when the light hits the water in the right way it forms a perfect circle.

 

This is a favorite spot for photographers and artists. It would make for a romantic moment sailing down the river with this view.

TU-144 Supersonic Passenger Jet

It’s not clear why this has been parked behind this building, and if it is indeed abandoned or if the owner thinks this is a good place to leave a jet when it’s not in use.

 

Soon enough photographers began to appear to take photos of this abandoned plane.

Oodnadatta Track in South Australia

The Oodnadatta Track is a 383-mile-long road that goes between Marree and Marla and passes via Oodnadatta. The road itself is still well maintained and can be driven along, but along the way, you will see the ruins of old railway buildings, bridges, and sidings.

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There is a well-maintained camping site called Coward Springs Campground with a natural spa for the more outdoorsy types to enjoy.

Abandoned Castle In Ireland Built in 1586

This is McDermott’s Castle, which is situated in County Roscommon, a small island, given the apt name of Castle Island which is located on the southwest corner of Lough Key in Ireland.

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In 2014 the castle appeared in an episode of Moone Bay and in 2018 was put up for sale for £80,000, which is approximately $102,000.

St. Joseph Frozen Lighthouse

This doesn’t look as though it can be real but instead was imagined by an illustrator at Disney.

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Amazingly, this incredible ice sculpture sits on the banks of Lake Michigan, looking more like an ice castle than a frozen lighthouse.

Pripyat, Ukraine

In April 1986 a meltdown at the nuclear plant in Chernobyl caused the widespread disaster.

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Whole towns and cities were evacuated including the town of Pripyat in Ukraine. This was to try and stop the residents from being exposed to dangerously high levels of radiation.