There are places in the world that have long been abandoned by humans, leaving nature completely occupied. It often creates landscapes that are both majestic and terrifying.
Graun church tower, in Lake Reschen (Italy)
Graun Church on Lake Reschen in South Tyrol (Italy), was once a popular church. However, an artificial lake was built in 1950 to provide the town with electricity, which engulfed the historic church in the middle of the lake. Today, all that remains visible of the church is the bell tower in the middle of the lake.
Ross Island, in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (India)
This place used to be called “Paris of the East” . British residents (when the British Government ruled India) made it their home with discos, bakeries, clubs, swimming pools and gardens. After returning to Indian ownership, the island seemed to be forgotten. Today, tour groups visit this island almost every day, because it has very beautiful scenery, but it is still quite wild.
Orpheum Theater in New Bedford, Massachusetts (USA)
In its heyday, the Orpheum Theater was a prime example of Beaux-Arts architecture, with its flat roof and symmetrical design. The interior of the theater is equally impressive.
The Orpheum Theater was first opened on April 15, 1912, around the same time the Titanic sank, and was gradually closed in 1962. To this day, the Orpheum Theater has never reopened. While local urban explorers believe that the building is… haunted.
Bannerman Castle, Beacon, New York (USA)
Located on Pollepel Island on the Hudson River, Bannerman Castle once served as an arms store for Frank Bannerman, a Scottish ammunition dealer in New York City.
The castle built by Bannerman and his wife is charming, intended for summer residence. Today, the site is forgotten and visited only by a few tourists interested in this historic site.
Michigan Central Station in Detroit, Michigan (USA)
Although Michigan Central Station was once the tallest train station in the world, it has been abandoned since 1988.
Rum Orphanage, Büyükada, Istanbul (Turkey)
This large wooden building is in Büyükada, off the coast of Turkey. It was originally designed to be a luxury hotel and casino. However, it was eventually turned into an orphanage in the early 20th century and then abandoned. It is the largest historic wooden building in Europe, according to the World Monuments Fund.
One of the most famous eruptions of all time in AD 79 of Mount Vesuvius, completely buried Pompeii – the ancient Roman city under a “thick blanket” of volcanic ash.
This city was abandoned for nearly 2,000 years, until explorers discovered it still quite intact, below ground and debris in 1748.
Mys Aniva Lighthouse, Sakhalin Island (Russia)
The lighthouse was built by Japanese engineers in 1939. Mys Aniva Lighthouse is located on the coast with surrounding rocky outcrops, being abandoned and worn down.
Dome House, Marco Island, Florida (USA)
Bob Lee built the dome houses in 1981 as an eco-friendly and self-contained getaway for his family on Marco Island, Florida.
Over time, the erosion of seawater has made this structure desolate. Although unusable today, igloo-like structures still stand off the coast of Marco Island.
Sathorn Building “Ghost Tower”, Bangkok (Thailand)
Often referred to as the “Ghost Tower” , the unique Sathorn building in Bangkok was an abandoned skyscraper (when it was built) that was left with mysteries.
This luxury high-rise was built in the 1990s, but construction was abruptly stopped after the 1997 Asian financial crisis.
As a result, the building fell into decay and became a paradise for explorers to come here. In addition to being a check-in destination, this is also a paradise for graffiti artists to show off their talents.
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