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8 Surreally Creepy Abandoned Places Around The World
These stunning relics of the not-so-distant past are insane.
1. House of the Bulgarian Communist Party — Mount Buzludzha, Bulgaria
Opened in 1981, the House of the Bulgarian Communist Party was the center of Bulgarian politics during the Soviet Era, but with the fall of the Iron Curtain less than a decade later came the abandonment of the building that symbolized that regime.
Much of the paneling from the building’s roof has been stolen, leaving the interior subject to the whims of the elements. Although some want to restore the building in an effort to drive tourism to the region, the cost is currently too high for the government to do so. This is Creepy!
2. Kolmanskop, Namibia
Founded in the early 1900s by German settlers looking for precious gems, the town of Kolmanskop in the Namibian Desert has been left to the elements after being abandoned in the 1950s.
“Top Billing” presenter, Jonathan presents the deserted ghost town of Kolmanskop in Namibia.
Buildings in the town are falling apart, and their insides are often covered in sand from the surrounding desert. A museum was established in 1980 to keep things in somewhat-decent shape for tourists, but Kolmanskop is still one of the most hauntingly abandoned ghost towns on earth.
3. Wonderland Amusement Park — Beijing, China
It was meant to be Beijing’s answer to Disneyland, the Wonderland Amusement Park was abandoned in 1998 after disputes over land prices brought a halt to construction.
“Wonderland” is a huge theme park in China, which was never completed and is now abandoned. Photographer Catherine Hyland has made a video and photographs of this gigantic project with a strange atmosphere.
Some of the land has been used by local farmers to grow crops, although demolition of the abandoned structures is scheduled to make space for a shopping center.
4. Pripyat, Ukraine
Pripyat is well-known because of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster that took place in 1986. Once housing thousands of plant workers, as well as their families, the entire city had to be evacuated after an accident caused a leak of nuclear radiation.
Now, the town stands empty, with few remnants of the lives that once existed there…Abandoned and Creepy!.
So what’s it like to visit the city of Pripyat today? Take a virtual tour. You’ll see the amusement park with the ferris wheel and the bumper cars, the central square with the culture palace, the music school with a piano, collapsing buildings, and a radioactive DJ…
(Video above) Pripyat ghost town in 2015, nearly 30 years after Chernobyl NPP accident
No dolls and toys to find here – the shelves are stacked with highly contaminated radioactive samples from the red forest and other parts of the exclusion zone, not as famous as the Kopachi (копачи) kindergarten – but this is one of the infamous temporary dosimetry laboratories set up after the Chernobyl accident.
Instead of toy cars, you can find laboratory samples full of plutonium, cesium and uranium along with toxic chemicals – and everything’s a mess for you to step right into.
5. Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital — Marlboro Township, New Jersey, United States
No, this isn’t the set of American Horror Story: Asylum, although New Jersey’s Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital does have a past that’s twisted enough to warrant a TV show!
Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital was a hospital in Marlboro, New Jersey which was run by the State of New Jersey. Construction on the hospital began in 1929. It first opened in early 1931.
According to the site plan the hospital’s campus was on 468 acres (1.89 km2). There is a perimeter fence which completely enclosed the property.
The land was mostly a rural environment. When closed, the hospital was on 594 acres (2.40 km2), having enlarged the grounds over the years. It opened with a capacity to accommodate 500-800 patients. The grounds which became the hospital were largely rural farms. However, there was a rather large distillery on the property which was torn down to make room for the hospital.
The grounds construction continued after opening and when completed, the hospital was expected to have a capacity of 2,000 patients. The hospital was composed of 17 “state of the art” cottages and central buildings. The hospital treated adults and children but in 1978, a decision was made to only admit adults and adolescents, the youth were transferred to other hospitals.
In June 1980, adolescent patients were also phased out of treatment at the hospital. The cottages were Tudor style dormitories which housed as many as 55 patients each. Additionally, a small cemetery was established for patients who died in residence and were unclaimed by family. The cemetery, open to the public, is located near Marlboro’s main gate on Route 79.
Open from 1931 until 1998, the hospital saw a rash of strange activity, with patients going missing, choking to death, and even freezing to death.
The hospital’s reputation led to an investigation by the Public Advocate’s Office in the late 1970s, although clearly it went on operating for a couple decades afterward. Now, the hospital is being demolished to make room for recreational space for the township’s residents.
6. Hashima Island — Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
Also nicknamed Battleship Island — as well as the more telling Ghost Island — Hashima Island housed a coal mining facility during its heyday from the late-19th to mid-20th century. The island is also home to a hospital, school, and restaurants, now all in disrepair. Oh, and you might recognize it from the James Bond film Skyfall, in which Hashima Island served as the lair of the film’s villain. Creepy, indeed.
If you want to really be spooked out click “Enter the forgotten world: Hashima Island“.
On June 27th 2013, Google released brand new street view photographs of a forgotten world – Hashima Island, otherwise known as ‘Gunkanjima’, off the South-West coast of Japan in Nagasaki Prefecture. With the aid of Google Chrome, this website allows you to take a digital dip into history to discover the secrets & legends hidden amongst Hashima’s mysterious, desolate landscape.
The aim of this site is to give you an advanced introduction into where you are able to explore within the island, adding context and back-story to Google’s amazing street-view photography. I hope you enjoy this website as much as I have. Amazing street photos!!.
7. Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track — Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Still part of Yugoslavia at the time, the city of Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1984. Afterward, though, the venues were left largely untouched, including the bobsled track. Actually, the track was used — as an artillery stronghold during the Bosnian War in the ’90s. Now, the track sits covered in graffiti and weeds.
8. Craco, Italy
Craco in Southern Italy is one of the most fabulous abandoned places in the world and is often used as a shoot location for feature films and fashion photography.
In the 1960s after various land slides and an earthquake the town of Craco was abandoned. The residents were rehoused in a new town a few kilometres away in the valley. Several of the buildings, palaces and churches remain intact complete with original features like shutters balustrades and frescoes. It is a photographers heaven.
To see many wonderful photographs and portraits taken in the ruins and to read a bit more about this amazing place visit:http://www.prophotonut.com/2014/04/16…
Craco – The most beautiful abandoned town
This small Italian hilltop town dates back to about the year 1000, although it was originally more of an outpost and did not begin to really grow until almost 500 years later.
Unfortunately, the town’s location ultimately became its downfall; due to landslides and the continued instability of the slope on which the town sits, Craco was abandoned completely in the early 1990s.
Possibly the most beautiful abandoned town in the world?.
Seeya all next time for our Part Four of “Creepy And Abandoned Places Around The World”!