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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is a well-maintained camping site called Coward Springs Campground with a natural spa for the more outdoorsy types to enjoy.
St. Joseph Frozen Lighthouse
This doesn’t look as though it can be real but instead was imagined by an illustrator at Disney.
Amazingly, this incredible ice sculpture sits on the banks of Lake Michigan, looking more like an ice castle than a frozen lighthouse.
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.
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.
In April 1986 a meltdown at the nuclear plant in Chernobyl caused the widespread disaster.
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.
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.
It’s better to be safe than sorry, so this lake will remain out of bounds, and Discovery Island will ironically be abandoned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 numerous 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.