Abandoned places give us the creeps, but can also be educational. These images of abandoned places from different parts of the globe shows that humans adapt. In addition, they also, if needed, move because of political and social changes. Take a look at these 15 abandoned places all over the world:
1. Beelitz Military Hospital
The Beelitz Military Hospital is a large complex of about 60 buildings at Beelitz-Heilstätten in Berlin. In addition, the site served the Imperial German Army in World War 2. Here, Adolf Hitler stayed from October to November 1916 after his injury during the Battle of Somme. The hospital buildings were completely abandoned as of 2007.
2. Buzludzha Monument
The Buzludzha Monument features the futuristic architecture common among state-sponsored buildings in Communist countries during the Cold War. Built on Buzludzha Peak in Central Bulgaria, people abandoned the saucer-like monument after the fall of Communism in 1989.
3. Eastern State Penitentiary
Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Eastern State Penitentiary began its operations in 1829. The penitentiary started the system of separate incarceration. It emphasised the principles of reform rather than punishment. Due to overcrowding problems, solitary imprisonment was abandoned in 1913. Eventually, the edifice operated as a congregate prison until it closed in 1971.
4. Field Station Berlin
The Field Station Berlin is the listening station built by the United States on Teufelsberg, a man-made hill. The site is famous for its radar domes used by the Americans. They used it to listen to East Germans and Soviets. The facility remained usable until the fall of the Berlin Wall. It marked the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990.
5. Garnet Ghost Town
Once a booming village in Montana, the Garnet Ghost Town is now just a shell of its former self. Dating from the 1860s, Garnet reached its peak in the 1890s with a population of around 1,000 people. The site had a total of thirteen saloons and three hotels. These catered to passersby and miners searching for gold. But people abandoned Garnet when the gold reserves ran out in the 1920s.
6. Hashima Island
Hashima Island, also called Gunkanjima or Battleship Island, is part of Nagasaki’s group of 505 uninhabited islands. With a land area of 6.3 hectares, the island houses undersea coal mines. Their operations started in 1887 during the rapid industrialisation era of Japan. The coal reserves eventually depleted. As a result, the mines closed in 1974. In addition, it caused the gradual abandonment of its residents. Today, the island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
7. Hitler’s Olympic Village
Nazi Germany’s hosting of the Summer Olympics in 1936. As a result, they built this village. Hitler’s Olympic Village consisted of a swimming facility, gymnasium, track, dormitories. In addition, it had training facilities and a large dining hall. After, the government used the facility as a hospital and a training school for the military. Eventually, the Soviets took over in 1945. The building is practically abandoned in the late 20th century. Restoration efforts were revitalised in recent years.
Janovas is in the Ara Valley, Spain. Iberduero’s (Iberdrola) 1951 hydroelectric project made the residents abandon the town. The project’s activities resulted in flooding in Janovas and in the neighboring villages of Lacort and Lavelilla. At the onset of 1960, some villagers resisted the project. With backing from the government, the company continued to send the residents away. They plowed the fields and destroyed the irrigation system. In addition, they also cut light and water services. They finally evicted the townspeople and is an abandoned place in 1984.
Kolmanskop was named after the transport driver Johnny Coleman who left his ox wagon during a sandstorm. This town opened due to the Namibian diamond rush. With the discovery of diamond in 1908, the area attracted miners. The residents started to put up a village patterned after a German town complete with amenities and institutions. The depletion of diamond reserves led to its ultimate abandonment in 1956.
10. Lee Plaza Hotel
The Lee Plaza Hotel in Detroit, Michigan is now a vacant 15-story high-rise apartment building. People also call it the Lee Plaza Apartments. The Michigan state recognise the hotel as a historic site. The edifice constructed in 1929 is an excellent example of Art Deco architecture. With the waning popularity of luxury apartments, the Lee Plaza had started to lose its residents. As a result, it finally closed in 1997.
11. Maunsell Forts
The UK army built the Maunsell Forts during World War II. The tower’s design resembles the offshore oil platforms. They assist in the protection of the United Kingdom during the war. The forts had the name of its designer Guy Maunsell. The site consists of four naval forts, namely the Rough Sands, Sunk Head, Tongue Sands, and Knock John. The government decommissioned the forts in the late 1950s.
12. Nara Dreamland
Inspired by Disneyland in California, the Nara Dreamland was a theme park opened in 1961. It is the closest thing to Disneyland in Japan during its lifetime. As a result, the Dreamland reached 1.6 million visitors each year. Ironically, Dreamland’s inspiration caused its gradual decline. Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1983, followed by Universal Studios Japan in 2001. As a result, these led to a drop on Dreamland’s yearly total visits of 400,000. After its 45 years of operation, the Nara Dreamland ceased operations in 2006. demolished in 2016.
13. Presidio Modelo
This prison’s name translates to “model prison” in English. The Presidio Modelo is on Isla de la Juventud in Cuba. It was active during the administration of president-turned-dictator Gerardo Machado between 1926 and 1928. Comprising of five circular blocks, the prison complex has tiered cells with observation posts in the middle. In addition, it can house up to.2,500 prisoners. However, the government permanently closed the site in 1967.
14. Pripyat City
It is a Ukrainian city located near one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. Government closed Pripyat on April 27, 1986. It is the day after the Chernobyl disaster and more than 15 years after its establishment in 1970. One of the most notable spots in the city is its amusement park. As a result, its Ferris wheel has become a symbol of the Chernobyl disaster.
15. Ta Prohm
Ta Prohm’s construction started during the reign of Khmer King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. It is a way to honour his family. It follows the intricate Bayon architecture. However, the Khmer Empire collapsed in the 15th century. As a result, people abandoned the temple and Cambodia. Neglected for centuries, trees grew out among the ruins and gave Ta Prohm a picturesque ambiance with a jungle backdrop. It was in UNESCO World Heritage List since 1992.
Abandoned places are testaments to horrors and changes in history. They are relics to the days gone by, and can also stand as landmarks of lessons humanity should learn. Do you want to visit these abandoned places? Let us know about it in the comments!