The hand of man has reached almost every corner of the world but sometimes, once occupied, has been battered and left. Here I present the 10 most spectacular abandoned places in the whole earth. Throughout the world are many places or buildings that have been forgotten by different circumstances after a grandiose past. Many projects were sometimes disproportionate or simply time has left obsolete and now make up landscapes laden with melancholy.
1) Diamond Mir Mine (Russia)
The Mir diamond mine in Siberia (Russia) in one of the most spectacular and abandoned mining landscapes in the world. The vast crater of the farm has been witness to its strength. Left since the 1990s, nothing remains of its former splendor. Mirny is world’s biggest diamond Mine!
2) Pripyat (Ukraine)
Pripyat, in Ukraine, is a ghost town, abandoned after the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in 1986, when the country was part of the Soviet Union. The entire population was evacuated and what remains now are the ruins of the town or its amusement park.
3) Tunnel of Love (Ukraine)
The Love Tunnel is part of the railroad near the Ukrainian town of Klevan where only freight trains from a timber company pass. In that segment, the vegetation has created a natural tunnel that attracts many couples because of its romantic appeal.
4) Hotel Ryugyong (North Korea)
The Ryugyong Hotel is a built but unveiled skyscraper located in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. The 105-storey building remains empty despite its grandeur, and Kim Jong-un’s regime is still unused after the 2011 glazing ends.
5) Bannerman Castle on Pollepel Island, New York (United States)
This colossal abandoned castle is located just 50 miles north of New York on an island off the Hudson River. In fact and despite the name, it is not a castle, but a store of armament raised at the beginning of the 20th century.
6) Canfranc Station, Huesca (Spain)
The train station of Canfranc, in Huesca, is not an exact case of abandonment, but it is that of a monumental building that will never be what it once was, a key point for communication with France and, consequently, with the rest of Europe. Today, unused for the most part, it remains as a tourist attraction.
7) Eilean Donan Castle on Lake Duich, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Eilean Donan Castle is a small island of the same name in Scotland only accessible by boat or by a narrow stone bridge. Today, it is one of the most visited places of the Scottish territory, although centuries ago it stopped having the use that made it famous.
8) Hashima Island (Japan)
The Japanese island of Hashima, which means Battleship, was walled to protect itself from high waves and typhoons but was left uninhabited after the business of its coal deposit collapsed and today is a kind of ghost town in the middle of the sea.
9) Craco (Italy)
The abandoned village of Craco, in Italy, was abandoned in 1963 by a landslide and has not been occupied again. However, due to its location, its heritage and its peculiarity of ghost town has become a tourist attraction.
10) Hotel Del Salto (Colombia)
One of the most beautiful abandoned places on the planet. It was built in 1928 because of the large number of tourists who came to the area to enjoy the Salto Del Tequendama. When the waters began to be contaminated, people stopped going, and the hotel closed its doors.
Which of these abandoned places that have left is the one that has caught your attention the most? What other places do you know and that you think should be part of this list? Encourage and share with us all your comments. I’m waiting for your feedback!