In this compilation, we have collected 10 of the most beautiful abandoned places in the world where time has stopped. Once thriving landmarks that are now nothing more than ghost sites.
10. Abbey of St. George in the Black Forest
The monastery was founded in 1084–1085 in the Black Forest at the source of the Brigach. The adjoining premises and the church were destroyed by fire on October 13, 1633. Recovery was not carried out. The town of Sankt Georgen im Schwarzwald suffered a serious fire in 1865 and the ruins of the abbey were used as a quarry for its restoration.
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9. El Hotel del Salto, Colombia
The building was built as a mansion in 1923, as a symbol of the well-being of the elite citizens of the 20s. Later, in July 1950, the building was reconstructed into an eighteen-story hotel. In the 90s, the hotel was abandoned for more than two decades due to river pollution. Now it is the main attraction of these places. Thousands of tourists visit the area to admire the 157 meters high waterfall and the surrounding nature. The hotel is located directly opposite the waterfall on the edge of the cliff.
8. Sharda Peet, Neelum Valley, Kashmir
The famous temple of Goddess Saraswati (Sharda) on the banks of the Neelum River in the Neelum Valley, Kashmir. The Kashmiris greatly revere this deity, whom they call “Bhagwati”. During their daily worship, they often say, “Namastey Sharada Devi Kashmir Pur Vasini Tvam Ham Prartey Nityam Vidya Danam Che De hi mey” which means “Greetings to you, O Sharada, O Goddess, O living in Kashmir.” They pray to her every day with a request to grant insight. The last time the temple was repaired by Maharaja Gulab Singh from Kashmir.
7. North Brother Island, New York
North Brother Island is a small island in the East River located between the Bronx and Rikers Island in New York. Once there was a hospital here, but today it is uninhabited and marked as a bird sanctuary. The size of the island is approximately 400 by 250 m. Nearby is its smaller satellite — the island of South Brother.
6. Craco, Italy
Cracko is an abandoned commune in a medieval village located in the Basilicata region, about 40 kilometers from the coast of the Gulf of Taranto at the foot of the Italian “boot”. The local landscape is typical of mountain towns in the region, with moderately undulating forms and adjacent fields sown with wheat. Kracko was abandoned in 1963 due to regular earthquakes.
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5. Kalavantin Durg, India
This fort is right across from Prabalgad near the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. According to legend, the fort was built for a queen named Kalavantin. The steps leading to it are carved into the rock of the hill. From the top of Alavantin, you can see the forts of Matheran, Chanderi, Peb, Ershal and Karnal, as well as the city of Mumbai. Adivasi people from the village of Machi Prabal perform a traditional dance at every Holi (Shimga) festival at the top of Kalavantin Fort. This historical landmark is an integral part of their heritage.
4. Kolmanskop, Namib Desert
Kolmanskop is a ghost town in the Namib Desert in southern Namibia, a few kilometers from the coast of Lüderitz. It was named after a driver named Johnny Coleman. Once it was a small but very rich mining village. Today, it is a popular tourist destination operated by the NamDeb (Namibia-De Beers) joint venture.
3. SS Ayrfield, Homebush Bay, Australia
The SS Ayrfield, formerly known as the SS Corrimal, is a rusty wreck stranded in the calm waters of Homebush Bay, west of Sydney, Australia. It was a 1140 ton steel hulled single screw steam elbow, 79.1 m long. It was built in the UK in 1911 and registered in Sydney in 1912. The ship was bought by the Commonwealth government and used to transport supplies to US troops stationed in the Pacific during World War II.
2. Dome Homes, Southwest Florida
The history of the Dome House at Cape Romano, Florida is as unusual as the architecture itself. The structure was completed in 1981 and sold to John Tosto in 2005. It has since been the subject of a long redevelopment dispute, which resulted in Tosto’s decision to relinquish ownership of the house.
1. Fisherman’s hut, Germany
The fishing hut is located in the Berchtesgaden Lake National Park. The park is located in the southeast of Germany, in the Free State of Bavaria, adjacent to the state of Salzburg in Austria. Founded in 1978, the park covers an area of 210 square kilometers and belongs to the state. Its highland landscapes are famous for their extensive forests and steep cliffs.
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