Despite a village being rebuilt nearby after the war, a decision was made by then president Charles de Gaulle to preserve Oradour-sur-Glane in its entirety, as a memorial.Located along America’s most famous route—Route 66—this town’s population has plummeted to 1,935. Not everyone died (although around 150 did), but all 50,000 residents had to evacuate. But following a decline in cotton production, plus the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, only 35 people live here now—near the Magnolia Service Station and a super-tiny stone-walled jail.Built by the Chinese, just 17 miles outside of the capital city of Luanda, this brand-new development was destined to become a city that could comfortably house half a million people. But the developers failed to do their market research as many of the homes, shops and schools remain empty. Some of them feature the shells of abandoned buildings; raw, unmanicured landscapes; and the absence of people. When the 2 million Greeks living in Turkey were forced to leave that country in 1922, during the Greco-Turkish War, the town whittled away to practically nothing. The first ponies started appearing sometime around 2010; over the years, the collection has grown exponentially and will frequently rearrange into circles and rows. 45 Abandoned Places Around the World That Are Eerily Beautiful. No one knows. He called them ‘marginal spaces filled with old and obscure objects,’ where people can see and feel […] Jan 29, 2014 - Explore arvyjunod1's board "Amazing Abandoned Houses and...." on Pinterest. Seven years ago, this town achieved “ghost town” status after its residents were displaced as a result of the 2011 Libyan civil war. You may recognize the town from the 2014 Russell Crowe film “The Water Diviner.”When Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant’s nuclear disaster occurred in 1986, it was the death of this Northern Ukraine community 65 miles from Kiev and near the Belarus border. Bodie, with its nearly 8,500-foot elevation, was once a boom town during the Gold Rush. Many of the former homes are ruined, thanks to all that gun fighting, and the Agdam Mosque is a mere shell.Hugging the Mediterranean Sea in Cyprus, Varosha—a section of Famagusta—hasn’t been inhabited since 1974, when the Turkish invaded this region. Some returned but were forced to leave again, in 1997, due to another eruption.
With UNESCO World Heritage Historical Site status granted in 2015, however, could this island see its second chapter soon?As recently as 30 years ago, there were 28,000 people living here. Abandoned places and buildings are mystic and beautiful. The village—which was most likely built in the 1970s and abandoned shortly after—is made up of two rows of houses and a mosque, all at least partially covered by the encroaching dunes.
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor even used to holiday here. In a few cases, failed ventures to create a glossy real-estate development have resulted in a blank canvas with little to no population. There have been proposals by architects and politicians for using the space, but nothing’s flown yet.Ruby, which is 50 miles southwest of Tucson, thrived during the 1920s and 1930s as a mining camp—bolstered by activity at the Montana Mine and the Eagle-Picher Mining Company—but when that ended in 1941 so did the town. And then, with the rise of petroleum usage, it evaporated. As for all that sand, it’s the result of a geological shift, making the potential to revive this town very unlikely.Dating back to India’s Mughal Empire, once the second-largest empire in that part of the world, Mandu has not thrived within the last 400 years. Only Łapalice Castle was built in 1979—and it's not even technically a castle. Southwest Abandoned Places. In 1930 there were 581 people living in Texola. Casa Grande The super-creepy, super-cool Casa Grande Domes were first built back in 1982 by a … Earlier this year, just five years after a decision to close the town, Wittenoom’s population was down to just three residents.Constructed during the 13th Century, Al’Ula—450 miles north of Mecca—was emptied out during the 1980s when most of its residents relocated to a newer town nearby. In the past 40+ years, planes have turned to rust outside, while the airport’s check-in counters and boarding areas have accumulated thick layers of dust and bird droppings.If you ever find yourself in the jungles of central Java, you might stumble upon a dilapidated church that's equal parts awesome and confusing: Gereja Ayam, also known as the "Chicken Church." The church (which the architect intended to be in the shape of a dove—nice try!) Share via Twitter. All, however, are a photographer’s dream. Do the ponies come alive when we're asleep? The prison was built by the Soviet Union and filled with inmates in the 1940s, where the prisoners were forced to work in the nearby limestone quarry. Discover unique things to do, places to eat, and sights to see in the best destinations around the world with Bring Me! These wonderful abandoned buildings for sale are simply crying out to be rescued. Tim Edensor, a geography professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, studies why people like abandoned places. After the war, this town was never inhabited again.