Amazing Photos: 10 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places in the World

Abandonment can puncture one’s soul if seeing a home they once knew now empty and worn. But viewing abandonment from a more removed vantage point can provide an opposing affect. Chilling? Perhaps. But also beautiful in seeing how nature reclaims what was once taken or interrupted, how change in the only constant, and how we ought not get too attached to anything in this world due to its brevity.

The following photos were found on MyScienceAcademy.org and their piece: 30 Abandoned Places That Look Truly Beautiful. Other source material is linked via the place names. 

CRACO, ITALY:

Built atop the rocky hill, now a simply a sculpture of it. This complementary of nature was abandoned in 1963 because of nature: recurring earthquakes.

Nature reclaims a structure quicker if vegetation is a factor. Interestingly, this next one is also from Italy.

ABANDONED MILL FROM 1866 IN SORRENTO, ITALY:

The flour mill was deserted because of rising humidity.

From Italy to Ireland, vegetation reclaims another building.

AN OLD COTTAGE ON THE KERRY WAY WALKING PATH BETWEEN SNEEM AND KENMARE IN IRELAND:

And from lush forests to parched lands, a home gets eaten up the way things do in the desert.

KOLMANSKOP, NAMIB DESERT

Deserted in the desert: One of many buildings in ghost town, Kolmanskop, an old diamond boom town in Namibia, Africa.

Large, modern cities don’t empty out in such dramatic fashion. Nonetheless, it’s telling to see these population centers exist as shells of their former selves:

MICHIGAN CENTRAL STATION, DETROIT

It isn’t just natural disasters or economic downfalls that empty out buildings. Sometimes it’s grave errors:

PRIPYAT, UKRAINE

Home of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

On a lighter note, sometimes events just end:

1984 WINTER OLYMPICS BOBSLEIGH TRACK IN SARAJEVO

Finally, these last three elicit eerier extremes:

EL HOTEL DEL SALTO, COLOMBIA

Straight out of a horror movie

SUNKEN YACHT, ANTARCTICA:

The link above is in Russian. It says the yacht was owned by a Brazilian man for scientific purposes. Not sure how it sank, but Google translator says something about an iceberg.

NARA DREAMLAND, JAPAN

 

May we accept¬†change, the temporary nature of everything. Use this understanding to let our guard down and go with life’s flow.

-Brandon

 

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