9 Abandoned Cities Around The World
Some places are meant to stay, they thrive and flourish with time. Others perish and die their own death, giving in to the nature’s wrath. But these places have their own aura; giving you a sense of mortality while they beautifully decay to become one with the elements of this universe. Come and feel this unusual enigma at these deserted destinations.
A city in the Namib desert, founded by German settlers looking for gems, the town of Kolmanskop had a short life from 1900s to 1950s. The now eerie town has a new addition, a museum which opened in 1980, but the rest is left to the elements and seems to be giving way to it.
Montana, United States
A historic mining town, Garnet, is as pretty as it sounds. At an elevation of 6,000 ft, this small town tucked away in Montana, is beautiful with mountains surrounding it, and charming houses scattered over and still standing. It is said that Garnet had nearly 1,000 residents during the Gold Rush period and was abandoned somewhere in 1920 to 1930, as the gold became scarcer to find around this area.
We have seen it in movies like Passion of the Christ, and the more recent Quantum of Solace, but probably never heard of it. This small hilltop town dates back to the 8th century, when it was a bustling center. Perched on a hill, it is a picturesque town but nature took its toll with landslides and an earthquake striking it in 1980 that turned it into rubble. But a lot of beautiful structures still remain for visitors to see.
4. VILLA EPECUÉN
Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
A tourist village at the edge of the Lake Epecuén, the Villa Epecuén was built in the 1920s, and was a booming destination through early 1980s. In 1985, a catastrophe took over the town when the dam holding back the lake’s water failed, drowning the village and submerging it fully. The water eventually receded, but this doomed village never regained its old life back.
5. SAN JUAN PARANGARICUTIRO
Located in the state of Michoacán, Mexico, and built right next to the Parícutin volcano, the village of San Juan Parangaricutiro was destroyed when the volcano erupted in 1942. The still standing church is the only reminder of the village’ existence, and is still revered and visited by many who believe it was an act of God that saved the church from eight years of erupting volcano. Believer or not, the beautiful remnants of this church are worth visiting to witness this miraculous piece of architecture.
‘A ghost town that is really a ghost town’ is an apt way to sum up the town of Bodie, in California. A result of the Gold Rush, it was a lively mine town till late 1800s, after which the settlers began to move out, eventually deserting it. Now a National Historic site, Bodie is maintained as what is termed ‘arrested decay,’ which means buildings are protected but not restored. It is believed that Bodie is inhabited by ghosts who guard the town and anyone who dares to remove any artifact can be haunted by ‘the curse of Bodie.’
Once considered the French Riviera of Cyprus, the past glitz and the glamour of this beach town has been replaced by corroding and empty building skeletons; as if the world has come to a halt, devoid of any human life.
Once a favorite destination of the rich and famous, the Turkish invasion in 1974 brought things to an abrupt halt, leaving this town to rot. Thus converting it into a museum of vintage cars and high rise buildings. A visit to this once lively town will have to wait till a settlement is reached between Turkey and Cyprus.
‘Rise of the Dead,’ that’s how the Russian town of Kalyazin can be interpreted. Located on the Volga river, North of Moscow, this town was founded in 1134 and originally had a population of 15,000 people. Most of the town was submerged during the construction of Uglich reservoir in 1940. Boldly rising 75 metres above the waters is the bell tower of the flooded St. Nicholas Church, serving as the landmark remnant of the original sunken city.
9. ROSS ISLAND
Once an administrative headquarter for the Britishers, Ross island, just a few miles from Port Blair, is a must visit when visiting Andaman & Nicobar islands. A thriving community in this piece of heaven on earth, was shattered when an earthquake struck in 1941. Now the buildings are engulfed with banyan trees and one can’t help but feel nostalgic, wanting to return back in time. Few buildings like a bakery and some local stores from where one could get a souvenir, is now bringing some life back to this must-see destination.