40 Incredible Abandoned Structures

A building is never just that. It can be a place we call home, a repository for memories, an intimate space where we share even more intimate ideas; it’s one of the ways we as people lay physical claim to the world in which we live. And just as a building is more than its material components, the same can be said for a building in shambles. Evocative of our own limits, mortality and time’s dominion over all, these abandoned structures provide as much aesthetic interest as they do opportunities to consider our place–however temporary–in the world:

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Czestochowa Poland

An abandoned train in Czestochowa, Poland. Source: Imgur

Abandoned Structures In Paraguay

Nature asserts its power in Asunción, Paraguay. Source: Imgur

Beelitz Operating Room

This abandoned Soviet hospital isn't exactly where you'd like to get a medical procedure. Source: Bored Panda

Beelitz Hospital

A staircase within the Beelitz Military Hospital. Source: Bored Panda

Abandoned Structures Blade Mill France

A blade mill returns to nature in France. Source: Imgur

Abandoned Photographs Miranda Chateau In Belgium

The exterior of Belgium's Chateau Miranda. The castle was built for a family in 1866 but came under possession during World War II by the National Railway Company of Belgium, where it was converted into an orphanage. The castle has been abandoned since 1991. Source: Panoramio

Miranda Chateau Photograph

A sleepy, sooty room in Chateau Miranda. Source: David Baker Photography

Chateau Miranda Stairs

A dusty staircase in Chateau Miranda. Source: David Baker Photography

Chateau Miranda Ceiling

The interiors of Chateau Miranda. Source: Panoramio

Empty Church In Canada

Light shines through a barren church in Canada. Source: Bored Panda

Empty Church In Detroit

An empty congregation within an abandoned Detroit church. Source: Flickr

Abandoned Places Dadipark Stands

Decay amid Belgium's abandoned Dadipark amusement park. Source: Pinterest

Dadipark

A filthy slide in Dadipark. Source: Panoramio

Abandoned Places Eastern State Penitentiary

The haunting halls of Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary. Source: DK Photos

Abandoned Structures Floating Forest

Australia's abandoned SS Ayrfield now serves as a centuries-old floating forest. Source: Bored Panda

Abandoned Places In Gullivers Travels

The larger than life decay in Japan's Gulliver's Travels Theme Park. Source: Tumblr

Hafodunos Hall

The hollowed out interiors of North Wales' Hafodunos Hall. Source: Imgur

Abandoned Places Hashima Island

Japan's uninhibited Hashima Island. Source: Bored Panda

Hashima Island Inside

Hashima Island's interior. Source: Bored Panda

Holland Island Home

An empty home struggles for footing amid Hollan Island's expedited erosion. Source: Imgur

Abandoned Places Holy Land USA

The ghostly remains of Connecticut's Holy Land USA park, closed since 1984. Source: The Dreamy Idealist

Holy Land USA Sign

The rusted entrance to Connecticut's Holy Land park. Source: 500 PX

Abandoned Structures Kerry Way

A structure overtaken by flora along Ireland's Kerry Way trail. Source: Imgur

Kiev Subway

A derelict subway in Kiev, Ukraine. Source: Bored Panda

Lawndale Theatre In Chicago

Chicago's dilapidated Lawndale Theatre. Source: Imgur

Michigan Central Station

Detroit's cavernous Michigan Central Station. Source: Bored Panda

Mill In Sorrento Italy

An abandoned mill in Sorrento, Italy. Source: Imgur

Abandoned Places Nara Japan

A ghostly ride at Japan's Nara Dreamland theme park. The park was closed in 2006 due to low visitor numbers. Source: Imgur

Abandoned Structures New Bedford Orpheum

The dusty interior of Massachussetts' Orpheum Theatre. Source: Bored Panda

Sarajevo Olympics

Remnants of the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Source: Imgur

Abandoned Places Shi Cheng

Divers explore Shi Cheng, China. Shi Cheng was an ancient city but was ultimately flooded in 1959 to make room for a dam project. Source: Bored Panda

Abandoned Structures Six Flags Ride

Roller coaster cars at Six Flags New Orleans. The park was closed after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Source: Love These Pics

Abandoned Six Flags Bumper Cars

Abandoned bumper cars at Six Flags New Orleans. Source: Love These Pics

Abandoned Structures Six Flags Jazzland

A decrepit stand at Six Flags New Orleans. Source: Love These Pics

Abandoned Structures Balaklava Base

An abandoned submarine base in Balaklava, Ukraine. Source: Bored Panda

Train Station In Georgia

An abandoned train station in Abkhazia, Georgia. Source: Bored Panda

Abandoned Places Wonderland China

Beijing's Wonderland Amusement Park. Source: Imgur

Wonderland Hanger

The interior of Beijing's Wonderland Amusement Park. Source: The Atlantic

Abandoned Structures Wonderland Workers

Workers at Beijing's Wonderland Amusement Park. Source: The Atlantic

Abandoned Structures Yacht Antarctica

A sunken yacht in Antarctica. Source: Imgur

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7 Creepy Abandoned Cities

Abandoned Cities Sanzhi Dark Skies

Source: Karma Decay

Across the world are cities and places that once thrived but now lay in ruins. These abandoned cities, which are often referred to as ghost towns, can be as beautiful as they are haunting. Their decay causes our imaginations to run wild, conjuring images of a place lost to time and just what kinds of life may have passed through its city limits. Some have rich and glorious pasts while others have a dark and troubled history.

Abandoned Cities: Sanzhi Pod City

Sanzhi Reflecting Pool

Source: Blogspot

Sanzhi Pod City is located just outside of New Taipei City, Taiwan. Construction of this UFO style housing development began in 1978, and was intended to be a vacation resort marketed toward US military personnel. After several fatal car accidents during construction and an equally devastating loss of investment, the project was scrapped.

Many attribute the pod city’s bad luck to the bisecting of a Chinese dragon statue near the front gates in order to widen the road. Though the area had become a tourist curiosity and the subject of an MTV film, the pods were demolished in 2010 to make way for a commercial seaside resort.

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42 Staggering Photos Of Abandoned Detroit

As of July 18, 2013, the Motor City officially ran out of gas. Filing for for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, Detroit’s debts–a whopping $18 to $20 billion–represent the largest municipal filing for bankruptcy in United States history. And as its solvency has gone down the drain, so too has its population. In 1950, the burgeoning industrial city was home to nearly two million Americans. But today, as Detroit’s population has dwindled to a mere 700,000, the only boom Detroit has seen rests in the number of abandoned buildings popping up within city limits.

As evidenced by the following photos of an abandoned Detroit, those remaining might have a hard time forging optimism about the future when constantly surrounded by brick laid ghosts:

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40 Chillingly Beautiful Abandoned Photographs

Looking at abandoned photographs, we are reminded of how quickly paint cracks and peels, and we, too, grow old and fade away. To view an abandoned space is to acknowledge the existential emptiness that defines us and yet drives us to fill it with the company of others, a good book, and a handful of living, breathing memories. In this series of abandoned photographs, time is presented as the ultimate source of authority: it weathers trains, sinks stadiums, and causes castles to crumble. The pictorial message is chilling yet also somewhat liberating; here are 40 of the most evocative abandoned photographs:

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