Just a day after Halloween, we bring you a selection of the most mysterious abandoned places in the world. What happened in there? What stories do these places encase? Abandoned mansions, mills, factories have something with them that frightens us. They seem to have been lost in time and taken by wilderness. Some people believe they are haunted, others are skeptical. Yet, they stir everybody’s curiosity and we cannot resist taking a peak. Are you brave enough?
A Sunken, completely frozen yacht in Antarctica
There is something magical about it, isn’t there? This is a Brazilian boat used for scientific and educational expeditions which sunk in April 2012. It lies at a depth of about 9 meters (30 ft) in Ardley Bay, Antarctica. Luckily, the entire crew was rescued.
El Hotel del Salto in Colombia
Craco is a medieval village in Italy. It was abandoned in 1963 due to recurring earthquakes. It makes us want to go see what treasures were left behind, doesn’t it?
The Last House on Holland Island
Built in 1888, this Victorian home is the last thing standing in a sunken island. The lack of a rock foundation has seen the land slowly sink for thousands of years. Holland Island started to noticeably lose shoreline in 1914. The residents tried desperately to save their island by importing stones to build walls and in some cases sinking boats in an attempt to slow the erosion, but all attempts failed.
Fishing hut on a lake in Germany
This fishing hut is located in Berchtesgaden National Park, southeast Germany, a place characterized by high mountain landscapes with extensive forests and steep rock faces. We don’t know what’s the story behind this abandoned place, but it sure is beautiful.
Dragsholm Castle in Denmark
Sanzhi vacation resort in Taiwan
This area called Sanzhi was originally a vacation resort catering to U.S. servicemen north of Taipei. But it never received its first guest. During construction, many workers died in car accidents, and other strange accidents. Some speculated that the resort was built on a Dutch burial ground while others attributed the misfortunes to a dragon statue destroyed during construction.
Abandoned mill from 1866 in Sorrento, Italy
This mill was used for grinding wheat. The creation of Tasso Square, since 1866, determined the isolation of the mill area from the sea, provoking a sharp rise of the percentage of humidity, which made the area unbearable and determined its progressive abandon.
The Maunsell Sea Forts in England
Part of the Thames Estuary defense network, the anti-aircraft tower-forts were constructed in 1942, with each fort consisting of a cluster of seven stilted buildings surrounding a central command tower. After their successful wartime career, the forts were decommissioned in the 1950s. They remain as rusty reminders of one of the darkest periods in history.
Kolmanskop in the Namib Desert
Kolmanskop was founded in the early 1900s when diamonds were found in the desert. It was populated by German families who tried to make their fortune. However, Kolmanskop has abandoned to the sand 50 years ago, after richer diamonds were found further south. It is now a ghost town.
What do you think of these creepy yet beautiful spaces?