These genuine ruins offer a disturbing glimpse of a world without humans. Their dark walls inspire a sense of wonder that I have never felt before.
All these places in which Mother Nature has resumed her rights probably have many mysteries.
1. Christ of the Abyss in San Fruttuoso, Italy
Guido Galletti built this statue of Christ in 1954 and placed it in water at a depth of 17 meters.
2. Kolmanskop in the Namib Desert
3. Abandoned homes in southwestern Florida
4. The remains of SS Ayrfield in Australia in HomeBush Bay
5. Wonderland Park Abandoned near Beijing in China
Designed to be the largest amusement park in Asia, Wonderland has never been completed for financial reasons. The land has since been cultivated by local farmers.
6. A fishermen’s hut on a lake in Germany
7. Holland Island in Chesapeake Bay
8. A house on the Kerry Way, walking trail between Sneem and Kenmare in Ireland
9. Prypyat in Ukraine
Pripyat, a city of nearly 50,000 inhabitants, was completely abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 because of its proximity to the power station. Nature now governs this city which resembles an apocalyptic film.
10. A military hospital, Beelitz, Germany
11. Kalavantin Durg near Panvel in India
12. The remains of the Pegasus in Antarctica
13. Angkor Wat in Cambodia
14. The forts of the Maunsell Sea in England
15. Bodiam Castle in East Sussex, England
16. Częstochowa, an abandoned train depot in Poland
17. A yacht engulfed in Antarctica
18. An abandoned distillery in Barbados
19. The central Michigan train station in Detroit
20. A bobsleigh track at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo
21. Craco in Italy
22. A rocket factory in Russia
23. A mill abandoned in 1866 in Sorrento, Italy
24. Abandoned power plant – Belgium
25. The House of the Bulgarian Communist Party
26. The abandoned city of Keelung in Taiwan
27. The Lawndale Theater in Chicago
28. North Brother Island, near New York
29. A mill abandoned in France
30. Hotel del Salto in Colombia
The Salto Hotel was built in 1928 for the wealthy tourists who visited the Tequendama Falls. Eventually, the waterfall was contaminated and visitors lost interest, leading to the abandonment of the hotel.
31. Asuncion, Paraguay
32. Former railroad in Missouri
33. The Nara Dreamland amusement park in Japan
Nara Dreamland was built in 1961 after Disneyland became popular. The entrance to the park was almost identical to Disneyland and had its own version of the Sleeping Beauty castle. The park closed in 2006 due to the low number of visitors.
34. Siberian diamond mine
The second deepest artificial hole in the world, this mine was built by Stalin to meet the demand of the Soviet Union for the diamond industry. Eventually abandoned when it became too difficult to continue digging this huge hole.
35. Ryugyong Hotel – Pyongyang, North Korea
The Ryugyong Hotel is a true example of the madness of North Korea. Work began on this 105-storey hotel only a few years before a great famine arose in the country. Abandoned for 16 years, work had resumed in 2008, when it was covered with glass for the small sum of 120 million euros. Foreign visitors reported that although the structure now seems to be finished from the outside, much of the interior is still abandoned and incomplete.
36. Willard’s Asylum, New York
The psychiatric ward of Willard was built in 1869 and closed in 1995, housing more than 4,000 patients at its peak. More than 25,000 patients died within its walls. So the asylum morgue (photo above) is one of the scariest places on this list.
37 – Six Flags Amusement Park in Louisiana
Heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Six Flags has since been abandoned. Many of the attractions are still standing, a testimony to the resilience of New Orleans. Many companies have plans to redevelop the park, but in the meantime, it remains the ideal setting for a horror film.
38. Gulliver Travel Park, Kawaguchi, Japan
Built in the shadow of Mount Fuji, this theme park opened in 1997 lasted only 10 years before being abandoned, despite the financial assistance of the Japanese government.
39. Chateau Miranda, Belgium
The castle was built by French aristocrats fleeing the revolution. During and after the Second World War, the castle of Miranda was used as an orphanage. It was abandoned in 1980, with the family refusing to allow the authorities to take care of the structure. Due to its past, this castle remains a favorite among ghost hunters.
40. The island of Hashima in Japan
In the past Hashima was rich in coal, with more than 5,000 miners living on the island. When coal was replaced by gasoline as Japan’s main energy source, the miners’ village was abandoned.
41. Orpheum Auditorium – New Bedford, Massachusetts
This Auditorium opened the same day that the Titanic sank, on April 15, 1912. A supermarket occupies part of the building, but the rest is deserted.
42. Wreck of SS America – Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
This former American ship failed in 1994 after 54 years of service.
43. The underwater city of Shicheng in China
Shicheng has been under water for 53 years since the Xin’an River Power Plant flooded the area. The city was founded 1300 years ago.
44. Dadipark – Dadizel, Belgium
A simple playground, Dadipark opened in the 1950s and closed in 2002.
45. State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
In operation from 1829 until 1971, it was one of the first modern penitentiary establishments. Now, a national monument, the prison has accuillated prisoners such as Al Capone and Willie Sutton. If only the walls could speak …
46. Jet Star Rollercoaster, Seaside Heights, New Jersey
These roller coasters were left as well in the Atlantic Ocean after Hurricane Sandy. They remained so for six months, until finally being engulfed by the sea.
47. Wrecks in a Sandbar, Bermuda Triangle
48. Bell tower over a frozen lake, Reschen, Italy
This lake is an artificial reservoir that has submerged several villages and a 14th century church.
49. Flooded shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand
50. Cemetery of cars in Belgium
My adventurer side urges me to want to explore each of these places. I can only imagine the mysteries there. Meanwhile these images give us a glimpse of our planet once humanity has disappeared …