People like to visit palaces, monuments, historical ruins and popular statues because they tell stories of the past. At the same time, many are attracted by the unknown and the mystery of ghostly abandoned places. In fact, such abandoned sites can also tell a lot about their history, the people living there, and the purpose of the construction. But the most important question is always the same — why did these places become abandoned and turned into ghosts?
Hashima Island, Japan
This abandoned island is located 15 kilometers away from Nagasaki, Japan. Hashima is also known as Ghost Island because no one has lived here for a long time. It was once famous for its coal industry. In 1890, a Mitsubishi group began mining these sites with the intention of mining coal. The very first and largest concrete buildings of the country were built here. Thousands of mining workers lived and worked here at that time. But the Mitsubishi group decided to shut down the entire project when oil replaced coal in 1960. The company completely phased out the mining industry in 1974. Hashima Island was closed for the next 35 years and was completely abandoned. In 2009, the Japanese government once again turned its attention to Hashima, this time deciding to send streams of tourists here. Since then, it has become quite a popular attraction in Japan.
Michigan Central Station in Detroit
Construction of Michigan Grand Central Station began in 1913 as a major transportation station. The main purpose of the construction of this station was to serve the huge flow of passengers. But after the Second World War, many station services were reduced due to a large decrease in the number of passengers. Michigan Central Station in Detroit was completely closed in 1967. Most of the station’s buildings were destroyed, and the station itself was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The future of Michigan Grand Central Station is currently still a matter of debate. Read also about abandoned houses in Detroit in a separate article.
IM cooling tower in Belgium
This cooling tower is part of the abandoned IM power plant in Monceau, Belgium. The IM power station was established in 1921 and immediately became the main supplier of electricity for the country. But a large amount of CO2 emissions caused the power plant to shut down in 2007. During its operation, the IM cooling tower cooled 480,000 gallons of water per minute.
Submarine base in Balaklava
Once Balaklava was one of the most secret cities in the Soviet Union. This submarine base is one of the main attractions of Balaklava. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, people were not allowed to visit Balaklava without a good reason. The boat repair factory was designed to survive a direct hit from an atomic bomb. It functioned until 1993, but today many of its compartments are completely abandoned. Part of the base is open to tourists as a naval museum. Fascinating excursions are conducted here, where tourists are initiated into the history of this monumental object.
102 year old ship in Sydney
During the 20th century, the SS Airfield served as a transport ship, delivering cargo from Sydney to the Pacific. In 1972, this ship returned to Sydney’s Homebush Bay, as it had served its time. Today, this 102-year-old abandoned ship still remains in the bay, overgrown with mangrove trees and attracting many tourists. The 102-year-old ship is considered one of Sydney’s popular attractions.
Communist Party building in Bulgaria
The home of the Bulgarian Communist Party, or Buzludzha Monument is located in the Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria. The building was used from 1981 until 1991 as a meeting place for the leaders of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Many political conventions and ceremonies of the Communist Party were held in this place. The so-called “Temple” was built in a remote area of Bulgaria for 16 million Bulgarian Levs, which at that time was an astronomical amount. But the whole region was completely abandoned after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Now the Bulgarian Communist Party Building is on the list of the famous abandoned sights of the world.
Abandoned UFO House in Sanzhi
The Abandoned Sanzhi UFO House is an abandoned plate-shaped building in Taipei City, Taiwan. These facilities were established in 1978 as a tourist resort. But the authorities decided to close this complex in 1980 due to investment losses. As the locals say, this area was once a burial place for soldiers, and no undertaking will succeed in such a site.
Abandoned theater in Bedford
The new Bedford Opera House, also known as the Grand Opera House, opened in 1912. It received visitors for a long 50 years, but in 1959 the old building was closed and turned into a tobacco warehouse. Today, most of the theater remains an abandoned landmark. Only a small part of it has a supermarket.
Hotel Salto in Colombia
Hotel Salto is located on the cliffs of the Colombian capital of Bogotá, directly opposite the 157 meters high Tequendama waterfall. The Salto Hotel opened in 1928 for tourists who come to see the waterfall. Directly from the windows of Salto, breathtaking views of this natural landmark open up. A tourist lost interest in visiting Tequendam when the Bogotá River became extremely polluted. Year after year the hotel experienced a decline in visitor numbers until it was closed in 1990 and abandoned for good.
Fort Maunsell in England
Fort Maunsell is in the Thames Estuary region of England. These structures were built as naval army forts, the main purpose of which was to prevent air attacks. Seven towers are located in the sea at a depth of 30 meters. The main one is located in the center, connecting with other structures through passages. Fort Maunsell was abandoned in 1950, although it was used for a number of other activities in the future. Numerous species of fish live here as the towers provide them with shelter.
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