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Oradour-sur-Glane, France

Oradour-sur-Glan is a town in west-central France. The original village was destroyed on June 10, 1944, when 642 of its inhabitants were murdered by a German Waffen-SS company. A new village was built post-war on a nearby site and the original has been maintained as a memorial.








Credits: Photo by Curreyuk on Flickr

Kolmanskuppe, Namibia

Kolmannskuppe is a ghost town in southern Namibia. It was a small mining village and is now a popular tourist destination run by the joint firm NAMDEB (Namibia-De Beers).

It developed after the discovery of diamonds in the area in 1908, to provide shelter for workers from the harsh environment of the Namib Desert. The village was built like a German town, with facilities like a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, skittle-alley, theater and sport-hall, casino, ice factory and the first x-ray-station in the southern hemisphere.

The town declined after World War I as diamond prices crashed, and operations moved to Oranjemund. It was abandoned in 1956 but has since been partly restored. The geological forces of the desert mean that tourists can now walk through houses knee-deep in sand.








Credits: Photo by Geoftheref on Flickr

Humberstone, Chile

In 1872, the Guillermo Wendell Nitrate Extraction Company founded the saltpeter works of Santa Laura in the same year the “Peru Nitrate Company” was founded. Both works grew quickly, becoming busy towns characterized by lovely buildings in the English style.

The economic model collapsed during the Great Depression of 1929 because of the development of the synthesis of ammonia, which led to the industrial production of fertilizers. Both works were abandoned in 1960 and in 1970, after becoming ghost towns, they were declared national monuments and opened to tourism. In 2005 they were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.






Credits: Photo by Aotarola on Flickr

Wittenoom, Australia

Wittenoom is a locality in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. During the 1950s, Wittenoom was the Pilbara’s biggest town, but was shut down in 1966 due to health concerns from asbestos mining at the nearby Wittenoom Gorge.

Today it is a ghost town with approximately eight residents who receive no government services. The town’s name was removed from official maps and the roads leading to contaminated areas are likely to be closed.








Credits: Photo by Velden on Flickr

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CHORWIN November 14, 2010 - 5:13 am

Informative good article, thank for the great sharing!

herbata December 5, 2010 - 7:01 am

Thanks for sharing! It’s a pity that it’s short:)

arga December 9, 2010 - 12:32 am

wooww.. so excited.. imwondering to go to that place… makesnme wanna know how that place to be builded…


DJ NITTI December 27, 2010 - 1:59 pm

Amazing collection of abandoned towns and cities. The pictures are truly stunning. I was so intrigued by Centralia, PA that I googled it and came up with this great documentary on Hulu called “The Town that Was”. Here’s the link in case anyone is interested http://www.hulu.com/watch/157861/the-town-that-was

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This photographer has many abandoned places including Gunkanjima, Pripyat and places in Africa


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Here is a link to see many more pictures of these places (Gunkanjima and Pripyat) as well as other places like Kolmanskop.

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…first Salient Hill…after Centralia…True or lie…see you there …

Simone August 7, 2011 - 10:40 am

Very nice article.
You are missing Consonno, in Italy. It’s the most famous Ghost City in north-Italy.

ALICIA RIUS September 7, 2011 - 3:52 am

I found this website and it has very nice shoots.
I also love abandoned places and this is my website


I hope you enjoy it!

John Peterson September 19, 2011 - 9:44 am

ennjoyed this site very much I ahave started a project to photograph abandon farm steads in the state of Kansas

nova September 21, 2011 - 6:44 pm

what is your website? i love abandoned farmsteads! i want to see!

Theresa December 13, 2011 - 5:19 pm

This introucdes a pleasingly rational point of view.

Winter September 19, 2011 - 5:51 pm

An enchanting tour until you read the remarks and find that some viewers get viciously mean and hateful to those who didn’t enjoy it as much. Shame on you.

Bella September 21, 2011 - 6:47 pm

I think that these pictures are amazing. It ticks me off to read the negative comments too. But its okay for “those who dont enjoy it as much” to say horrible things about the blog author? Why is one right, but not the other? Shame on you for not talking about them.

Slim September 19, 2011 - 9:49 pm

Like a souless man, the walled Kowloon city is neglected.
Abandon is a bad word; it leaves one feeling forsaken.
These open our eyes to desolation, dejection, dread
Lots more of such sites abound and millions of people likewise, abandoned
by people or abandoned Jesus.
Those in hell would give anything to be in these abandoned sites.
Merci !

Girls running shoes October 9, 2011 - 2:18 pm

Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is great blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.

Knudsen November 8, 2011 - 10:17 am

Lots of cool places.

sadone29 November 15, 2011 - 10:45 pm

why not mention the old changi hospital in singapore?

Bosphorus January 9, 2012 - 7:00 am

Turkey also has some abandoned places such as the Greek village of Kayaköy near Fethiye in Southwestern Turkey caused by a population exchange agreement made between Greece and Turkey in 1923.

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What an interesting list! I want to visit Centralia, seems spooky and awesome! I don’t think I’d go there at night though…


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This is a story that the games and movies named silent hill are based off of.

Ken Steinhoff January 21, 2012 - 10:12 pm

You don’t have to go to exotic places in other countries to shoot abandoned and dying towns. I’ve been photographing Cairo, Illinois, since the middle ’60s. Every time I go through the town, another block of the downtown has been leveled.

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POMY COLLINGWOOD February 1, 2012 - 4:43 pm

I visited this abandoned open-air pool not so long ago & made a short video of it… check it out!



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The next time you feel like God can’t use the Pastors you dont like because of what they are or have done, just rememberNoah was a drunk.Abraham begott Ishmael out of the matrimonial bedJacob was a liar.Leah was ugly.Joseph was abused.Moses had a stuttering problem.Gideon was afraid.Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer.Rahab was a prostitute.Jeremiah and Timothy were too young.David had an affair and was a murderer.Elijah was suicidal.Isaiah preached naked.Jonah ran from God.Naomi was a widow.Job went bankrupt.John the Baptist ate locusts.Peter denied Christ.The Disciples fell asleep while praying.Martha worried about everything.Mary Magdalene was, well you know.The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once.Zaccheus was too small.

maddie voyer May 6, 2012 - 11:13 am

I really though that prypiat althout, i kind of liked san zhi more.I wish i could go to these places but i live across the world.

Andy Kor June 3, 2012 - 1:00 pm

The photos you posted for San Zhi is just a small part of San Zhi. You made it sound like the entire place is abandoned. Only those buildings are abandoned. Not the entire San Zhi. I will appreciate that you get your facts right. By the way, i am not from Taiwan. I am a Singaporean. I had been to the seaside of San Zhi and it is beautiful. There are also good food and farm stay in the area. I think you owe the Taiwanese an apology.

thetheobot1354578 July 8, 2012 - 11:27 am

HELLO!!! im from ausila and there is a ton of abandoned paces.i grew up just down the street from a abandoned waterpark .

aundrea h. July 10, 2012 - 8:16 pm

i almost lived in san zhi.true story.we were poor and living in a small apartment in taipei.my moms freiend was a construction worker at the site and she would talk to her boss about giving us a pod for little money.the next day my moms freiends boss stoped by to let us no that she had been killed when they were sliding a roof on to a blue pod, the roof slide off and killed her.sad stuff.

thetheobo172836 July 10, 2012 - 8:25 pm

HELLO!!!!!!!im from ausila and i grew up just down the street from an abandoned waterpark.

lilly September 2, 2012 - 2:46 pm

3 things……1 ausila is no longer going to be a country in the year 2013.since it is like the hurricane capital of world, the ruler declered it un – fit to live in.everyone was forced to leave or die when the next violent hurricane hit ausila.people mostely whent to paris,united states,(specifically northern califonia) and some new tropical island called new ausila.so i would not brag about your heritage if i were you…..2 your comment showed up double but different so that was awkward for you….and 3 reply to me a.s.a.p. as soon as you read my comment please!

thetheobot172836 September 10, 2012 - 9:19 pm

BRAGING ABOUT MY HERATAGE!!?Not as much as you jabering on about garbage.i mean are you mocking me??your worse than those scammers on ebay!!plus i had a good reason for leaving a comment twice.a few days after i left my comment,i went to go check on it but my computer was down i had to go to my second computer and when i got to the web site my comment was not there and awaiting moderation.i couldnt remember what i wrote so i did the best i could so there ha!!!and btw it was not awkward for me you fool!!!!!

rockhard88 July 16, 2012 - 5:56 pm

you should have put plauzenschim island in ausilla.( its known for its fish head soup). the story is that a zombie invasion wipped out the island.

Ciaran McHugh September 18, 2012 - 5:20 am


I have just added 8 new abandoned images to my ‘Ireland’s Abandoned Ruins’ collection.


‘A collection of hauntingly atmospheric infrared photographs which focuses on timeworn subjects that were once vibrant but are now in the process of being lost to the ages and reclaimed by nature’.

I hope you enjoy them.


tigue12 September 23, 2012 - 12:00 am

Funny.i love abandoned places and in 2015 im going to make a video about an abandoned seafood restauraunt called pappadeux in westminster, colarado.the video is being delayed because im moving.i dont really have a website set up yet or anything like that,so,the only info for now is from me.please try to reply or something.thanks!!

ibrahim November 13, 2012 - 3:34 am

very sad but cites too just like people

buddy May 28, 2013 - 7:22 pm

i was surprised to see glasgow was omitted from this list

VideoCroc June 2, 2013 - 6:26 pm

It is sad we you see cityes like this, and we all know that there is manny homeless people on this world!

San Diego Wedding Places June 26, 2013 - 5:48 pm

Wow. Just amazing. Horrible devastation.

Emily June 23, 2014 - 10:46 pm

Interesting Read

Hamza Hasnat June 17, 2016 - 8:50 am

Gunkanjima, Japan is the most dangerous place

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