Abandoned cities also known as “ghost towns” can be found everywhere in the world. Besides the fact that they look creepy and scary, the story that they carry will definitely interest you. Over time, some cities totally die due to many causes. People leave and the streets and the city slowly turns into a wasteland.
Abandoned cities are filled with silence and whispers that remained embedded in buildings, to testify about the life and history of these abandoned places. Some of these cities had to be abandoned due to wars, others due to natural disasters that disrupted the lives of their residents forever, third are abandoned because of human errors. Whatever the reason, these isolated, creepy and abandoned towns without a future can be found anywhere in the world. Here are the most fascinating and mysterious abandoned cities across the world!
The most famous abandoned city is Pripyat in Ukraine, abandoned during the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. In the past, this city was a home to workers who worked at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Inhabited by 50,000 people, the city had an active life until the time of nuclear disaster in 1986, when all residents left. So far, in the city all apartments are robbed, trees grow around the buildings, while Pripyat and its environment will not be safe for people for centuries.
San Zhi, Taiwan
San Zhi is one of the most famous haunted locations in the world. The area called San Zhi was originally planned to be a resort for U.S. troops, and is located north of Taipei. This place is very famous for its futuristic architecture, however the workers have difficulties working at the very beginning. During the construction many workers died in traffic and many other unusual accidents. Approximately there were 20 people dead, and each accident is believed to have a supernatural reason for its occurrence. Some people speculate that the resort was built on the Dutch cemetery, while others say that the accidents happened due to the dragon statue that was destroyed during the construction. In any case, this place never welcomed its first guests and the project was completely forgotten and unfinished since 1980. People believe that the entire area is filled with the ghosts of workers who lost their lives.
At the beginning of the 20th century, diamonds were found in the south of the desert in Namibia, and people around the world headed to the sandy dunes to find their happiness. Therefore the city Kolmanskop was a home to more than 700 families, and had a casino, a hospital, bakery, theater and pools. After World War II, sales declined while on other location were found even larger diamond deposits. With the same speed at which the city grew, this time (1950s) became an abandoned town buried in sand, which is now a famous tourist attraction.
This forbidden and abandoned island is also known as Gunkanjima which means warship. During the industrial revolution in Japan, Mitsubishi company bought this island in 1890, who was under mine coal and here were built the first large concrete buildings in Japan. The island was surrounded by a high concrete wall to protect residents from typhoons. Mining flourished nearly a century, and in the best period of the island barely a 6 acres, lived almost 5,000 households. As oil began to replace coal, the city has stopped the machines in 1974 and the population was moved. Today the city has post apocalyptic appearance with ruined buildings and empty streets. Since 2009 the city is open for tourists who can take a walk through the abandoned shops and apartments.
Craco is a city located in the Region of Basilicata and the Province of Matera. Built on a rocky peak, the purpose of this medieval town was to be difficult to conquer. However, setting a city on a rock, began to be a threat to its integrity. After many earthquakes and landslides, in 1963 Craco was abandoned and people descended on lower land. Today the city is great for research, and there are many interesting churches that are touristic attractions.
During the World War II, German soldiers moved into this small village and completely destroyed it, killing 642 people. Burning cars and houses remained frozen in time to witness the monstrosity of war and the memory of people who lost their lives. This massacre that happened on June 10th, 1944 is one of the hardest moments in humanity. All visitors to this city are asked to remain silent while walking the melancholic streets.