The beauty of some sites has stood the test of time, but many look like something straight out of a horror movie.

Pripyat, Ukraine

This abandoned town is located near the site of the Chernobyl disaster that took place in 1986. After being exposed to harmful nuclear radiation, Chernobyl and the nearby town of Pripyat were evacuated and left to decay.

After the city here is the amusement park of Pripyat in Ukraine, also part of the abandoned places in the world.

Pripyat Amusement Park, Ukraine

Abandoned bumper cars rust in an amusement park in Chernobyl, Ukraine. The park never opened because the nuclear disaster happened before it opened.

Six Flags, the abandoned amusement park in New Orleans, Louisiana.  An abandoned place among others in the world.

Six Flags of New Orleans, Louisiana

This Six Flags amusement park was abandoned after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. The storm caused so much damage that they couldn’t reopen. Now covered in graffiti, the park is slowly falling apart.

The abandoned church in Russia in the Tula region.

Abandoned church, Russia, Tula region

There are a number of abandoned churches scattered throughout Russia. This one, in the Tula region, is gently devoured by the nature that surrounds it.

Nicosia International Airport in Cyprus is one of the abandoned places in the world.

Nicosia International Airport, Cyprus

Before Turkish forces invaded the country to repel a Greek coup in 1974, it was Cyprus’ main airport . After the invasion, it closed and is now in the United Nations-controlled buffer zone between the north and south of the country.

Nara Dreamland amusement park in Japan: one of the abandoned places in the world.

Nara Dreamland, Japan

This bizarre amusement park was built in the 1960s, but was abandoned in 2006 due to low visitor numbers. It was modeled after Disneyland, California.

Everything has remained in the park since the time it was abandoned. There are even still chairs in cafes.

The town of Oradour-sur-Glane in France: an abandoned place.

Oradour-sur-Glane, France

This French town was destroyed by the Germans during World War II. Rubble and pieces of local houses and buildings still remain today. The French government voluntarily abandoned this city to bear witness to the devastation to which it was subjected.

The village of Craco in Italy is one of the abandoned places in the world.

Krakow, Italy

The village of Craco was built in medieval times. It was abandoned following a series of landslides, which washed away part of the city in the 1960s.

The Annunciation Monastery on Mount Rudnik in Serbia is one of the abandoned places in the world.

Monastery of the Annunciation of Mount Rudnik, Serbia

This abandoned monastery is nestled on the slopes of Mount Rudnik, Serbia. The church was built in the 1400s.

The ghost town of Bodie in California: one of the abandoned places in the world.

Bodie, California

Bodie is a ghost town straight out of a Wild West movie. It was a bustling place until two fires destroyed the town’s mills. This put a stop to local commercial activity and people were forced to leave, leaving the town abandoned.

The Land of Oz amusement park in North Carolina is one of the abandoned places in the world.

Land of Oz, North Carolina

The yellow brick road reminds you of something? This 6.5-hectare (16-acre) Wizard of Oz-themed amusement park was hugely popular when it opened in 1970. But the public quickly lost interest and the park was almost completely deserted. Then, a fire destroyed most of it in 1975 and the park never completely recovered.

Ha-shima Island in Japan is one of the abandoned places in the world.

Ha-shima Island, Japan

This once populated island in Japan was abandoned due to the collapse of its mines. It is now inhabited only occasionally by film producers and scientists.

Hellinikon International Airport in Greece is one of the abandoned places in the world.

Hellinikon International Airport, Greece

Hellinikon International Airport closed in 2001 to make way for Athens International Airport, built in preparation for the 2004 Olympics. Since then it has been used for the Olympics…and as a training camp. refugees. Developers hope to turn it into a resort .

Among the abandoned places in the world is the church of Falealupo in Samoa.

Église de Falealupo, Samoa

Falealupo Church is located in the ruins of a village on the largest island of Samoa. The inhabitants abandoned it following a succession of cyclones which destroyed the land and made life difficult. They have moved into the hinterland, but the structure of the Catholic Church is still in place.

Among the abandoned places in the world is the city of Pyramiden in Norway.

Pyramiden, Norway

This abandoned Soviet city is located north of the Arctic Circle. It was a mining town during World War II, but was abandoned following the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s.

Bokor Hill Station in Cambodia is one of the abandoned places in the world.

Bokor Hill Station, Cambodia

This ghost town has been abandoned twice. A first time when the Bokor station, built by Cambodian slaves under the rule of French colonists, was abandoned. The station was then taken over as an operations post by the Khmer Rouge who soon after left it to decay.

Among the abandoned places in the world is the Floyd Bennett Field airport in New York.

Floyd Bennett Field, New York

This Brooklyn airport was the first airport in New York City. Today it is abandoned and is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area where visitors can camp, kayak or hike.

The Monastery of Santa Maria de Seiça in Portugal is one of the abandoned places in the world.

Monastery of Santa Maria de Seica, Portugal

The plants that infiltrate the structure of this abandoned church make it even more beautiful. The origin of the monastery dates back to the 1100s. In 2018 it was named a national monument, so its ruins will never be touched.

Tiandu Cheng City in China is one of the abandoned places in the world.

Tiandu Cheng, China

This Chinese ghost town, which was supposed to be an exact replica of bustling Paris and home to up to 10,000 residents, is now virtually empty.

Among the abandoned places in the world, we find the citadel of Kowloon in Hong Kong.

Kowloon Citadel, Hong Kong

The Citadel of Kowloon has already hosted 33,000 immigrants and vagrants . Before the Chinese government demolished it, it was an outlaw territory where crime and drugs reigned. Some parts still survive today.

The caves of Kalacheevskaya Monastery in Russia is one of the abandoned places in the world.

The caves of Kalacheevskaya Monastery, Russia

This spooky underground structure is a monastery dating back to the 18th or 19th century. The cave of about one kilometer has two levels. The small holes that dot the walls of the cave bring in natural sunlight.

Agdam city in Azerbaijan is one of the abandoned places in the world.

Agdam, Azerbaijan

The city of Agdam found itself in the middle of a war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The two nations fought over control of its territory until Armenia completely destroyed the city and left it to its fate.

The city of Fordlândia in Brazil is one of the abandoned places in the world.

Fordlandia, Brazil

Henry Ford bought and built this town in South America hoping to make it a beautiful town where workers could make a living from rubber farming. But the rubber trees he intended to exploit were never planted and those that already existed fell ill. The workers who lived there repeatedly rose up to protest the lack of decent food and segregation and eventually left.

The Lutheran Church in Ukraine is one of the abandoned places in the world.

Lutheran Church, Ukraine

This 20th century Lutheran church, once filled with pews and parishioners, is now abandoned.

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