Abandoned cities, metro stations, hospitals and amusement parks… Architecture more suitable for ghosts and evil spirits – there is nothing more exciting than the places that people have left.
Cooling tower IM, Belgium The moss-covered architecture is a cooling tower, part of the cooling tower of a power plant built in 1930 in the city of Charleroi. Water poured into the center, after which it cooled and flowed down hundreds of gutters and slats. The power plant was closed in 2006.
Psychiatric Hospital Trenton, New Jersey Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital opened in 1848. This was the first institution built according to the Kirkbread system. The typical layout of such institutions is a building with long, scattered wings arranged in a checkerboard pattern. The hospital included three dozen buildings and accommodated more than 3,200 patients. It has been closed since 1996 and today is a local landmark. Local residents have repeatedly stated that they have seen ghostly faces here, looking out from the windows of abandoned buildings.
Hashima Island, Japan The island was settled in 1810 when coal was discovered on its territory. By the 30s of the 20th century, the island had become a serious industrial center: in addition to mines, military factories appeared there. Hasima’s thriving coal mining industry declined and the mines closed completely in 1974. Within weeks, the most populous place on earth ever populated was completely empty. Currently, visiting the island is allowed, but tourists are only allowed access to part of the island.
Abandoned power plant, Philadelphia, USA The monumental architecture of the electric company is located in the city of Fishtown, in the vicinity of Philadelphia. After the closure, the owner put the station up for sale, but to no avail – the building was left to deteriorate. The authorities plan to rebuild it into something useful for the city, so demolition is not planned.
Military Hospital, Germany The Beelitz-Heilstätten hospital complex was built in late 1800 and helped Adolf Hitler recover from his injury at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Parts of the architecture remained in use for a long time, but most of them were abandoned immediately after the departure of the Soviet army.
Amusement Park, China The park on the outskirts of Beijing was intended to be the largest theme park in Asia, but construction stopped in 1998 and the sites abandoned. Among the rumors about this place are stories of mass graves on the territory and haunting otherworldly forces.
Headquarters of the Communist Party, Bulgaria The House of the Bulgarian Communist Party is a monument located on a high cape in the Balkan Mountains. Now the Buzludzha structure is one of the most famous ruins in the world, which symbolizes the fall of the socialist system.
Sea Fort, England Several structures in the water were once a sea fort built by engineer Guy Anson Maunsell to guard Great Britain. The forts were decommissioned in the late 1950s and were later used for other activities, including radio broadcasting. The fort was subsequently declared unsafe and eventually abandoned.
Disused tube station, Glasgow A station on the Glasgow underground network located near the West End. Originally built in 1896, the station was at ground level and the platforms were underground. The station closed in 1939, and the entire line followed in 1964. The building itself remained in use as a cafe, nightclub and plumbing store. It burned down in 1970.
102-year-old floating timber in Sydney, Australia The SS Ayrfield, like many others, was brought to Sydney after World War II for dismantling, but operations eventually ceased and the ship was abandoned. Over the course of 102 years, the ship was literally covered with living trees and is now floating in the form of a huge floating forest.