Published 2018-02-08
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20 Stunning abandoned buildings all over the world that we should not miss...

Throughout history, human beings have created impressive constructions that ultimately have not served much or have had to be set aside, either because of their high maintenance cost or their lack of use. Design errors and geopolitical changes that have led to the ruin and abandonment of all types of buildings, creating some incredibly disturbing and strange places. Next, we will show you these 20 magnificent constructions that were abandoned by man over the years, so if this topic is interesting for you, do not miss the incredible collection…

1. Canfranc International Station

1. Canfranc International Station

At the beginning of the 19th century, Spain and the French government decided to build this gigantic station, only surpassed in size by the station of Leipzig, Germany, Europe. They did not worry about the expenses because it was supposed to be the most important exchanger in the north of Spain and its key to access the rest of the European countries. However, after 10 years of construction, tunnels and more than seven thousand meters of railway tracks, many travelers did not arrive at Canfranc and finally, it closed. Do not hesitate to continue reading our article...

2. City of Pripyat

After the strong Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, the Ukrainian government was forced to establish an "exclusion zone" of 30 kilometers around. Thus began the history of the ghost town of Pripyat. At the same time that the Chernobyl nuclear plant was built, the working-class city of Pripyat, the home of the families and workers of the nuclear power plant, was built. On the day of the accident, on April 26, 1986, its almost 50,000 inhabitants were evacuated in an emergency situation. Televisions, toys, furniture, valuables, documents, and records were abandoned, as residents were only allowed to save one suitcase per family. Despite the ban, the city was almost completely ransacked. At the beginning of the year, 2000 nothing of value remained in the area.

2. City of Pripyat

3. Maunsell marine fortresses

Maunsell's strongholds are armed towers built in the estuaries of the Thames and Mersey during World War II to help defend the United Kingdom. They were operated as a force of the army and the soldiers and were given the name of their designer, Guy Maunsell. They were closed at the end of 1950 and later used for other activities, including pirate broadcasting. They were equipped with powerful 3.75-inch anti-aircraft guns, maritime weapons, radars and autonomous electric generators.

4. Ca'Dario, the murderous house

The house was built between 1479 and 1487 for Giovanni Dario, secretary of the Senate of the Republic of Venice. When he died, the house was inherited by his daughter Marietta and her husband Vincenzo. After a while, he lost all his possessions and was stabbed to death, while Marietta committed suicide by throwing herself into the Grand Canal. A little later, his son Vincenzo Jr was also killed by mysterious men on the island of Crete. Absolutely all of the owners of this luxurious Venetian mansion, from 1487 to 1993, have died violently. A macabre chance that has given him the reputation of a cursed place. The Venetians call Ca'Dario "the house that kills", in addition, the majority of the violent deaths occurred inside the house.

5. Abney Park Cemetery

There is no quieter place in London than this spectacular cemetery. Almost hidden by the fog, dozens of statues and sculptures will watch you as you stroll along its paths laden with mysteries and past stories. In 1840 it became a non-denominational landscaped cemetery, an arboretum of a semi-public park and an educational institute, which was widely celebrated as an example of its time. A total of 196,843 burials took place here in 2000. It is now a local nature reserve.

3. Maunsell marine fortresses

6. The old Chamberí station

Chamberí station was built in 1919 as part of line 1 between the stations of Church and Bilbao, operating at full capacity until 1966. In that same year, the city decided to increase the capacity of the trains. However, Chamberí was located in a curve and its layout did not allow the expansion works, so it was definitely closed down. In 2006, the Metro and the Madrid City Council launched the Andén project, which consisted of rehabilitating the old station to transform it into a museum.

7. Hospital of the Thorax

Located on the outskirts of the town of Terrassa, this old hospital for respiratory diseases was opened in 1952 and many people died due to tuberculosis. Terrasa Thorax Hospital was operated by the Ministry of Health in the 50s, chosen as the perfect place for those affected by lung cancer and fibrosis to convalesce in the forest of La Pineda. Since it was closed in 1997, the intrepid visitors say they have witnessed all kinds of unusual phenomena.

8. Amarc, the largest aircraft cemetery in the world

In the heart of the Mohave Desert, in Tucson, Arizona, is the AMARC (Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center), the largest aircraft cemetery in the world. Its location is not a coincidence since its dry climate and alkaline soil is ideal for preserving the fuselage of airplanes, some of which are recycled years after having been removed from their service. AMARG handles at least 4,000 aircraft and was originally intended to store excess aircraft from the Department of Defense and the Coast Guard, but in recent years has been designated as the only depot of aircraft out of service of all branches of the US government.

4. Ca'Dario, the murderous house

9. Abandoned veterinary school, Belgium

There is an abandoned veterinary school in Brussels, Belgium, which is known around the world for its sheer creepy factor. This building, l'école de médecine vétérinaire, is known as "The Laboratory of Horrors", due to what is inside. It used to be bustling and full of students, but once it officially moved to Liege from Brussels, the set of 19 buildings remained empty. Well, empty if we do not count the horrors stored inside their old classrooms. Pickled animals or organs may seem like an archaic way to study other life forms, but it was used as a legitimate tool of study.

5. Abney Park Cemetery

10. Danvers Psychiatric

Built-in 1874 for 1.5 million dollars, the Danvers Center immediately became one of the most luxurious and important medical institutions of the time. Although he was a psychiatrist, Dr. Thomas Kirkbride fled the bad practices of other centers, basing his healing philosophy on the well-being of the inmates, providing them with a kind and humane treatment. Despite being included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, most of the building was demolished later, in 2007.

11. Submarine bases in Russia

Russia has owned the largest fleet of nuclear submarines in the world, and obviously needed gigantic facilities for its construction, care, and maintenance. This naval base, excavated under the rock of a great mountain, has hundreds of semi-aquatic tunnels that one day gave shelter to these iron giants. Since the access to the base was under water, that meant that the submarines did not have to go out to any surface close to it, which helped to keep it secret from possible prying eyes.

12. The Unintended Ship Graveyards of the Aral Sea

Unfortunately, the Aral Sea has completely dried up, and where once there was an orchard of marine life, today there is only one wilderness and wilted valley. Numerous fishing boats are now anchored on the surface of the dry land that was once covered by water; Many have been there for more than 20 years. The only major fishing company left in the area now has its own fish that is sent from the Baltic Sea, thousands of kilometers away. It is a pity that this happened to the sea that once had more than 1,100 islands.

13. Villa Excelsior

This magnificent Indian palace nestled in the heart of Luarca, Asturias, was built in 1912 by Manuel Méndez de Andés, nephew of an important Asturian businessman who made his fortune in Argentina in the mid-nineteenth century. Today the mole was abandoned by his heirs and remains slowly at the mercy of climate and vandals. It was a millionaire whim that today can be heard the last moans of its existence because basically, it is falling apart.

14. The hidden city of Mao

In the year 1970 and under the command of Mao Tse Tung, China decided to build this imposing underground city as a preventive measure against a possible nuclear attack. The years passed and the nuclear war did not happen, however, hundreds of people have worked in these facilities, remaining inside without authorization and turning them into a kind of home. It has also been called the "Great Underground Wall" since it was built for the purpose of military defense. Currently, it has been closed for renovations since at least February 2008.

6. The old Chamberí station

15. Great Train Graveyard

Uyuni is world famous for its salt flat, a gigantic white salt and lithium expanse surrounded by mountains and lagoons of picturesque colors. However, one of its biggest tourist attractions is an old train cemetery located 3 kilometers outside of Uyuni. The city served as a distribution center for trains that transported minerals en route to the Pacific Ocean ports in the past. In the 1940s, the mining industry collapsed, so many trains were abandoned, leading to what is now known as the train cemetery.

16. The dark crypts of Namur and Laeken

In the year 1878, Emile Bockstael, mayor of the Belgian city of Laeken, ordered to reform the old cemetery of the city and build a spectacular crypt with three luxurious main galleries and a dozen more in the cross. The design was so beautiful and functional, that immediately many neighboring cities copied the model. The city of Namur finished its exact copy, although smaller, in the year 1885. However, the crypt was deteriorating due to humidity and water seepage that presents the land and ended up being abandoned a century later.

7. Hospital of the Thorax

17. Abandoned Russian Polar Nuclear Lighthouses

The Russian north coast is located near the Polar Circle, where sunlight cannot be seen during the winter. To avoid accidents in the area, the Soviet Union decided to build a chain of lighthouses to guide the ships that sailed in this area.
Completely isolated from civilization, the headlights had to be autonomous and, therefore, the Russian engineers incorporated small atomic reactors that administered continuous power to their powerful lights. Then, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the unattended automatic headlights worked for some time, but in the same way, they ended up stopping their activity.

18. Park Mattari o Takakonuma Greenland , Japan

Opened in 1973, this impressive Japanese amusement park operated at full capacity until the early 80s. However, the lack of investment in new attractions, soon made it obsolete and customers began to visit more modern ones. According to most sources, it does not appear on any map of Japan and it is as remote as unknown to cartographers. Although it is only 250 kilometers from Tokyo, it seems much more mysterious, and much of its irregular history is composed of legends and traditions.

19. The Cinema Theater Varia

The decadence and the abandonment can also affect beautiful and emblematic places, like the theater of Varia. It was one of the most famous artistic centers of Leisure (Belgium). The Art Nouveau building was built in 1913 by the architect E. Claesy, but despite surviving the great war, the passage of time and lack of maintenance took its toll and is currently totally in ruins. It was until 1986 working on what was designed, hosting hundreds of plays and projecting thousands of films, but now, still waiting to be reborn with the same splendor that once had.

20. Teufelsberg, the last remnants of cold war espionage

In the vicinity of the Grunewald forest in Berlin, the NSA, the American National Security Agency, built one of the largest and most important listening stations of the Cold War. From its impressive balloons and antennae, the American services decoded the emissions of the former GDR and Poland, the military movements of the Warsaw Pact and all the communications of the old continent.

After the fall of the wall, they were used as a civil aviation tracking station for two more years, until they were forever abandoned in the year 1991.
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