Top Ten Abandoned Places In the World
Abandoned places have a certain eerie charm that draws people to them. These forgotten locations often hold a wealth of history and can serve as a haunting reminder of what once was.
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Here are the top ten abandoned places in the world:
1. Pripyat, Ukraine - Pripyat was a city built to house workers of the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant. However, in 1986, the plant suffered a catastrophic nuclear disaster, leading to the evacuation of the city. Pripyat has been abandoned ever since and has become a popular tourist destination for those interested in the disaster and the eerie, abandoned city.
2. Hashima Island, Japan - Also known as "Battleship Island," Hashima Island was once a thriving coal mining community. However, as coal mining declined, the island's population dwindled and it was eventually abandoned in the 1970s. It has since become a popular tourist destination, known for its abandoned concrete buildings and overgrown vegetation.
3. The Arizona Ghost Town, USA - The Arizona Ghost Town was once a thriving mining town, but as the mines dried up, the town's population dwindled and it was eventually abandoned. Today, the ghost town is a popular tourist destination, known for its old western-style buildings and its role as a film location.
4. Kolmanskop, Namibia - Kolmanskop was a thriving diamond mining town in Namibia, but as the diamonds ran out, the town was abandoned. Today, the abandoned buildings are slowly being engulfed by the desert sand, creating a unique and eerie landscape.
5. Craco, Italy - Craco is an abandoned medieval village in the region of Basilicata, Italy. The village was abandoned in the 1960s due to natural disasters and now serves as a popular tourist destination and film location.
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6. Oradour-sur-Glane, France - Oradour-sur-Glane was a small village in France that was destroyed by the Nazi's during World War II. The village has been left in ruins as a memorial to the 642 people who were killed during the massacre.
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7. The Deserted Village of Kayakoy, Turkey - The village of Kayakoy was once a thriving Greek community, but after the population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1923, the village was abandoned. Today, the abandoned stone houses serve as a haunting reminder of the village's former inhabitants.
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8. Centralia, Pennsylvania, USA - Centralia was once a thriving coal mining town, but a mine fire that started in 1962 eventually led to the evacuation of the town. The fire is still burning today, and the abandoned town is a popular tourist destination, known for its eerie atmosphere and abandoned buildings.
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9. Chateau Miranda, Belgium - Chateau Miranda, also known as the "Miranda Castle," was built in the 19th century in Belgium. The castle was used as a military hospital during World War II and was abandoned in the 1990s. It has since become a popular tourist destination and has been featured in several films.
10. The Ghost City of Fengdu, China - Fengdu, also known as the "Ghost City," is a collection of abandoned temples and buildings in China. The city is said to be the home of ghosts and spirits in Chinese mythology and is a popular tourist destination for those interested in the supernatural.
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These abandoned places serve as a reminder of what once was and offer a glimpse into the past. They are eerie, yet fascinating, and offer a unique experience for those brave enough to visit them.