While hauntingly abandoned places might give you the chills every now and then, and understandably so, I am completely, passionately in love with them. There’s something very romantic about the silence these places hold, and the riveting stories they possess. Take a look at these 21 hauntingly abandoned places left for the gods that have their own breathtaking charm.
#1 Abandoned Doll Factory, Spain
This doll factory in Spain has an uncomfortable way of getting under your skin. It was abandoned sometime in the ’80s, but for some reason everything was left behind—boxes of doll parts, machinery, half-finished dolls still lying on the assembly line—everything. It’s as if everybody just vanished in the middle of the work day. At the time the factory was in operation, porcelain dolls were commonly made with human hair, which somehow makes these things even creepier.
#2 Methodist Church, Gary, Indiana, U.S.A
Gary, Indiana, was founded in 1905 during the boom of US steel. During the 1950s, more than 200,000 people worked in the bustling city. As the manufacturing sector declined, nearly half of the city fell into disuse.
#3 Abandoned Church in Czech
#4 Chambal Valley, Rajasthan-MP border, India
The Chambal Valley in Central India has been known since decades as the stomping grounds of some of the country’s most lethal Dakoos . With steep ravines, a huge river as a water source and countless labyrinthine caves, this area has always maintained a certain mystery coupled with sheer threat which compels us to add in our list of Hauntingly Abandoned Places.
#5 Shipwrecks in the Bermuda Triangle
The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is a loosely-defined region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Most reputable sources dismiss the idea that there is any mystery. The vicinity of the Bermuda Triangle is one of the most heavily travelled shipping lanes in the world, with ships frequently crossing through it for ports in the Americas, Europe, and the Caribbean islands. Cruise ships and pleasure craft regularly sail through the region, and commercial and private aircraft routinely fly over it.
#6 A Victorian-style tree house, Florida, U.S.A
This three-story Victorian-style dwelling was built in the early 1970s amongst four live oak trees on the property of James T. Walker, an aviator, steel entrepreneur (JT Walker Industries), and cattleman.
The treehouse was built for Walker’s grandchildren, but after his death in 2003, the main building–as well as the treehouse–began to decay due to neglect, vandalism and squatters.
#7 Abandoned bumper cars, Chernobyl, Ukraine
#8 Turquoise Canal , Venice , Italy
Just like any other city, areas of Venice are boarded up and abandoned.
#9 Titanic wreck
The titanic took its first and last voyage in April, 1912. It was not until 73 years later that the decaying wreck of what was once the greatest ship in the world was discovered. The 1,500 souls lost with the vessel had been devoured by sea life, leaving behind a ghost ship.
#10 Shettihalli Church, Hassan District, Karnataka, India
The Shettihalli church was built on the banks of Hemavathi River near Hassan, now just one of the hauntingly abandoned places in Karnataka. Shettihalli submerged church was called the Holy Rosary Church is among the top attractions in Hassan.
#11 Ross Island, Andaman, India
Ross Island is one of the most famous Andaman and Nicobar Islands near Port Blair. It was abandoned after 1945 and now a another member of the Andaman group of islands for tourist and tourism, some time known as ghost town of Andaman island.
#12 14th Century Church steeple in the middle of a frozen lake, Reschen, Italy
Lake Reschen is an artificial reservoir which submerged several villages and a 14th century church.
#13 Orpheum Theatre ,New Bedford, Massachusetts .
This Auditorium opened on the same day that the Titanic sunk, April 15th, 1912. A supermarket now occupies some of the building, but the rest remains beautifully deserted.
#14 Poveglia Island, Italy
Poveglia is an island in the Venetian Lagoon which under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte became a dumping ground for plague victims and later an asylum for the mentally ill.
#15 Vijaynagara, Karnataka, India
Vijayanagara now-ruined capital city of the historic Vijayanagara empire surrounds modern-day Hampi in Bellary District of Karnataka. The ruins city are now a World Heritage Site and was the second largest city in the world.
#16 Nubra Valley, Ladakh, India
Nubra is a high altitude cold desert in the Ladakh valley of Jammu and Kashmir. The large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges is one of the must visit places in Ladakh.
#17 An abandoned mining track in Taiwan
The Jiancing Historic Trail is an abandoned mining track in Taiwan, which weaves its way through the misty mountains. It may no longer be transporting gold and copper from the mines but that hasn’t stopped it from being any less beautiful.
#18 Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture, France
The “little belt railway” was a circular railway system built in 1852 to supply Paris’ fortifications. When the city outgew its defenses in 1934, the railway system was also left to run wild.
#19 Floating forest, Sydney, Australia
For all those whose heart starts beating faster when they see hauntingly abandoned places, Homebush Bay in Sydney is the place to visit. This is were many 20th century ships, which are no longer used, ended up: one of them, the SS Ayrfield, is definitely the most impressive sight for all the lush flora, growing in its rusted hull. The fully-grown mangrove trees earned this 102-year-old, 1,140-tonne ship the Floating Forest name among the locals.
#20 Chiktan, Ladakh, India
Chiktan is a small sleepy town, nestled in the middle of snow-covered mountains, The majestic Chiktan fort is now in ruins, situated 76km from Kargil was the first Palace of the then ruler Thatha Khan.
#21 Willard Asylum – Willard, New York
Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane was built in 1869 and closed in 1995. Housing 4000 patients at its peak, more than half of the 50,000 patients who called Willard Asylum their home died within its walls. This makes the asylums morgue one of the creepiest hauntingly abandoned places we can imagine. By its closure, most patients were eventually integrated back into society, but in the early days “people didn’t leave unless it was in a box.”
So how many did you add to your bucket list?