It always amazes me how an entire town, village, or business can just abandon their once treasured buildings and commerce. I have never been able to truly grasp the concept. And that is how I feel about these below towns and locations that have been abandoned for years and nobody has thought to do anything about them.
1. Nicosia International Airport – Everything looks virtually the same on the inside of this airport. It was abandoned in 1974 when the Turkish invasion of Cyprus began.
2.Balestrino – This gorgeous Italian town was once a thriving village. Unfortunately people started leaving in the late 19th century when a series of earthquakes struck the area.
3. Ship Cemetery – In Mauritania, the port is home to more than 300 rusted vessels, as corrupt officials took bribes from boat owners, allowing them to abandon their ships there.
4. City United Methodist Church – The United States Steel Company paid $385,000 toward the construction of this $1 million Gothic beauty in the 1920s, but now the church lies in decay. How sad is that?
5. Bulgarian Communist Party Headquarters – When the Iron Curtain fell in 1989, it left behind this massive structure that is nearly 5,000 feet tall.
6. Lake Reschen – Beginning in 1940, a dam was built to join the two lakes. Because of this, the town went under water. In Graun, this 14th-century church bell tower is the only reminder that the village ever existed.
7. Train Cemetery – Uyuni is best known as home to the world’s largest salt flat. But here is also where many mining company trains were abandoned in the 1940s.
8. Varosha – This beautiful beach was a very popular tourist attraction. But it was left abandoned during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974.
9. Pripyat – This town was vacated just a few days after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, abandoning 15 schools, a hospital, a rail station, and an amusement park.
10. Kolmanskop – Kolmanskop was once a thriving diamond mining town but was exhausted by the 1950s. Now, sands of the Namib desert have overtaken the town.
11. Maunsell Forts – These sci-fi looking towers were created to protect England’s coast from German air raids during World War II. They were once used in 1956 to broadcast radio stations too.
12. Nara Dreamland – This was once Japan’s version of Disneyland, but it is now abandoned. However, all of the rides, roller coasters, and souvenir shops are still intact.
13. Gunkanjima – More than 10,000 people lived on this tiny Japanese island up until the 1970s. Once home to an active coal mining facility owned by Mitsubishi Motors. But since the industry failed, so did the town.
14. Michigan Central Station – This incredible train station was the tallest train station in the world at the time of its construction in 1912. But it has been abandoned since 1988.
Most of these places, I feel, were once absolutely breathtaking towns. It surprises me that after so many years nobody has rebuilt the gorgeous grounds.