Beautifully Haunting Abandoned Places Around The World

Whatever the cause, it’s never nice to see a building decrepit and abandoned. No hope, just desolation and rot. It errs on the spooky and the unnerving. These were once pieces of archaeological wizardry. They deserve acknowledgement and respect not the remainder of their existence spent in decay with only moss for company. Here’s some of the most beautiful places that have been left to lie:

1. This lonely 20th-century home in a developing Shanghai neighborhood.

This lonely 20th-century home in a developing Shanghai neighborhood.

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2. An overgrown abandoned village on Shengshan Island in Zhoushan, China.

An overgrown abandoned village on Shengshan Island in Zhoushan, China.

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3. The derelict lobby of the Lee Plaza Hotel in Detroit.

The derelict lobby of the Lee Plaza Hotel in Detroit.

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4. A quiet Ferris wheel in Pripyat, Ukraine, left abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

A quiet Ferris wheel in Pripyat, Ukraine, left abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

Sean Gallup / Getty Images

5. The uninhabited Japanese island of Gukan jima, or “Warship Island,” where more than 5,000 people once resided in the 1950s.

The uninhabited Japanese island of Gukan jima, or "Warship Island," where more than 5,000 people once resided in the 1950s.

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6. This once glorious monument in the Central Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria.

This once glorious monument in the Central Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria.

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7. This shell of a house that has since been reclaimed by the Sahara Desert.

This shell of a house that has since been reclaimed by the Sahara Desert.

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8. These 13th-century flour mills that remain standing in Sorrento, Italy.

These 13th-century flour mills that remain standing in Sorrento, Italy.

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9. A surreal scene inside an abandoned power plant in Charleroi, Belgium.

A surreal scene inside an abandoned power plant in Charleroi, Belgium.

Niki Feijen#123223 / FlickrVision

10. A mining village in Kolmanskop, Namibia, where the lines between outdoor and indoor have disappeared.

A mining village in Kolmanskop, Namibia, where the lines between outdoor and indoor have disappeared.

Sergio Pessolano#147474 / Flickr Vision

11. The Maunsell Forts in the Thames estuary that once protected the UK during World War II.

The Maunsell Forts in the Thames estuary that once protected the UK during World War II.

Howard Kingsnorth / Getty Images

12. These 100 villas without a single resident in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China.

These 100 villas without a single resident in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China.

Vcg / Getty Images

13. The forsaken International Railway Station of Canfranc, Spain — opened in 1928 and abruptly abandoned in 1970.

The forsaken International Railway Station of Canfranc, Spain — opened in 1928 and abruptly abandoned in 1970.

Ander Aguirre Photography / Getty Images

14. These dusty roofs peaking through the volcanic rubble after the 1997 eruption in Montserrat.

These dusty roofs peaking through the volcanic rubble after the 1997 eruption in Montserrat.

Christopher Pillitz / Getty Images

15. The trees growing on top of the Beelitz-Heilstätten sanatorium ruins in Beelitz, Germany.

The trees growing on top of the Beelitz-Heilstätten sanatorium ruins in Beelitz, Germany.

Sean Gallup / Getty Images

16. The empty halls of the Hellenikon airport, which once served 12 million passengers a year in Athens, Greece.

The empty halls of the Hellenikon airport, which once served 12 million passengers a year in Athens, Greece.

Milos Bicanski / Getty Images

17. These bizarre abandoned ships left to rust in the desert of Aral, Kazakhstan.

These bizarre abandoned ships left to rust in the desert of Aral, Kazakhstan.

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18. And the overgrown Faliro Olympic Complex where thousands once cheered in Athens.

And the overgrown Faliro Olympic Complex where thousands once cheered in Athens.
Milos Bicanski / Getty Images

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