At BuzzNick, you know that we absolutely love seeing pictures of abandoned places, both haunted and not. But we really love abandoned places that have a haunting history. After looking through these pictures, I realized that I really need to explore the Earth more. There are so many interesting things hiding in every town, city, state, country, you name it! If you get out and explore a little bit, you’ll find some pretty amazing things. Here are 19 abandoned places, while some are haunted, others are not, but they’ll still give you an eery feeling.
1. Pripyat, Ukraine
Pripyat, a city of nearly 50,000, was totally abandoned after the nearby Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. Due to radiation, it has been left untouched ever since the incident and will be for many thousands of years into the future. Nature now rules the city in what resembles an apocalyptic movie.
2. Mirny Diamond Mine – Eastern Siberia, Russia
The world’s second largest man-made hole, Mirny was constructed by Stalin to satisfy the Soviet Union’s demand for industrial diamond. Further digging efforts were eventually abandoned when it became too difficult to continue digging this massive hole.
3. Farmhouse, Seneca Lake, New York
This abandoned farmhouse in New York state also acts as a graveyard for many vintage cars which are now empty shells of their former selves.
4. Ryugyong Hotel – Pyongyang, North Korea
The Ryugyong Hotel is a true display of North Korea’s madness. Work started on this 105 story hotel only a few years before a massive famine plagued the country. Abandoned for 16 years, work once again began in 2008, when it was coated in $150 million worth of glass. Foreign guests have reported that although the structure now looks complete on the outside, a lot of the interior is still abandoned and incomplete.
5. Willard Asylum – Willard, New York
Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane was built in 1869 and closed in 1995. Housing 4000 patients at its peak, more than half of the 50,000 patients who called Willard Asylum their home died within its walls. This makes the asylum’s morgue (pictured above) one of the creepiest places we can imagine. By its closure, most patients were eventually integrated back into society, but in the early days, “People didn’t leave unless it was in a box.”
6. Sanzhiu UFO Houses – San Zhi, Tawain
These homes were intended to be sold to U.S. military officers when construction began in 1978. In 1980, work was halted due to loss of investment.
7. Six Flags Jazzland – New Orleans, Louisiana
Severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Six Flags Jazzland has been abandoned ever since. Several of the rides still stand, a testimony to the resilience of New Orleans. Several companies have plans to develop the park, but until then it will remain as the perfect setting for a horror movie.
8. Gulliver’s Travel Park – Kawaguchi, Japan
Constructed in the shadow of Mt Fuji, this theme park opened in 1997. Despite financial help from the Japanese government, it lasted only 10 years before being abandoned.
9. Bannerman Castle – Pollepel Island, New York
Bannerman Castle’s owner, Francis Bannerman VI, built the structure as storage space after buying the American military surplus from the war with the Spanish. After 200lbs of ammunition exploded in 1920, much of the castle was destroyed and the rest abandoned.
10. Disney’s Discovery Island – Lake Buene Vista, Florida
A former wildlife attraction in the heart of Disney World, it is rumored that the island was left to run wild after bacteria capable of killing humans was discovered in the surrounding water.
11. Aniva Rock Lighthouse – Sakhalinkskaya Oblast, Russia
A formal penal island used by the Russians, Aniva was once sought after by both Russia and Japan. This now Russian controlled territory sits uninhabited in the seas between Japan and the eastern coast of Russia.
12. Canfranc Rail Station, Spain
Canfranc Rail Station was part of an international railway route through Spain and France. An accident in 1970 destroyed a nearby bridge and ended international rail links between the two countries, leaving Canfranc deserted.
13. Chateau Miranda – Celles, Belgium
The castle was originally built by French aristocrats fleeing the revolution. During and after World War II, Miranda Castle was used as an orphanage. It was abandoned in 1980, with the family refusing to allow authorities to care for the structure. Because of its past, this haunting castle remains a favorite amongst ghost hunters.
14. Abandoned Coal Plant – France
Just looking inside this place gives me the chills, especially because we don’t know the history behind the coal plant and why it was left abandoned.
15. Eilean Donan – Loch Duich, Scotland
Located in the Highlands of Scotland, the Eilean Donan Island sat abandoned until 1911, when it was restored by a prominent retired military officer.
16. Holy Land USA – Waterbury, Connecticut
Holy Land USA was a theme park based on passages from the Bible. At its peak in the 1960s and 1970s, the park attracted around 40,000 visitors annually. It was closed down in 1984, though the grounds remain intact.
17. Abandoned Power Plant – Belgium
Nature has definitely started to take back what was once hers. This abandoned power plant would be amazing to see in person.
18. Wreck of the SS America – Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
This former United States ocean liner was wrecked in 1994 after 54 years of service.
19. Underwater City – Shicheng, China
Imagine seeing this while scuba diving in the oceans surrounding China.
Some of these places really gave me the chills, while others look like they were left behind in a hurry. People left their belongings and possessions behind because they had an immediate reason to leave. It definitely makes you appreciate what you have and also makes you want to explore the Earth, both land and water, a little bit more.