The Balaklava naval base, used by the USSR, was built to withstand a nuclear bomb.
From Italy to Romania and the Czech Republic, these beautiful buildings are crumbling, but some of their exquisite details still remain.
Eerie images show the remains of the Italian village of Curon, which was abandoned in 1950 to create a hydroelectric plant.
Dennis Ariza has been visiting the California ghost town of Bodie annually for a decade. “I find something intriguing about the place every time I go,” the photographer told Insider. He describes a town so frozen in time there’s still homework on desks and plates on kitchen tables. Visit Insider’s […]
AdamX is an urban explorer living in the UK. In 2017, he ventured into the abandoned St Brigid’s Hospital, which opened in in 1833 and has sat abandoned since 2013. He saw old hospital beds, wheelchairs sitting in empty hallways, and what was once an isolation room. “It’s impossible not […]
Bodmin Jail, said to be one of Britain’s ‘most haunted‘ buildings, has been transformed from a derelict 18th-century prison into a four-star hotel. Located in Cornwall, the jail was the site of 55 executions between 1779 and 1927 and later fell into ruin. After five years of renovations, the Bodmin […]
Some hospitals around the world that date back to the 19th century have since fallen into disrepair. Among them, some former psychiatric hospitals are shrouded in controversy over patient mistreatment and questionable medical practices. Other hospitals, like Beelitz-Heilstätten hospital in Germany, are popular destinations for urban explorers, photographers, and historians. […]
From cemeteries and hotels to prisons and abandoned buildings, there is no shortage of haunted places throughout the South. At The Marshall House in Savannah, Georgia, guests have reported seeing ghosts in the hallways and hearing children running through its halls at night. The abandoned Tennessee State Prison in Nashville […]
The Nazi-era Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Germany, appeared in “The Bourne Supremacy” and “Bridge of Spies.” The abandoned Ohio State Reformatory was the prison in “The Shawshank Redemption.” Henry River Mill Village in North Carolina was transformed into District 12 for “The Hunger Games” movies. Visit Insider’s homepage for more […]
Summary List Placement The Varosha district of Famagusta, Cyprus, was once a booming resort town visited by the rich and famous. However, after the area was taken over by Turkish forces in 1974, Varosha was blocked off to visitors and quickly fell into disrepair. Today, Varosha is marked by collapsing […]
The Lake Dolores Waterpark in California’s Mojave Desert has been abandoned three times since it first opened to the public in 1962. A private firm recently secured the rights to revive the derelict site. The full project could take six years to complete, but the water park could be finished […]
Prada Marfa is an art installation located in Valentine, Texas, off US Highway 90. It was created by two Berlin-based artists who are known for addressing and criticising societal trends through their work. The single-room replica of a Prada store contains real Prada items, although its doors cannot be opened. […]
A post office built as part of the New Deal sits abandoned in Gary, Indiana. In Virginia Dale, Colorado, a now-abandoned post office started out as a station for stage coaches in 1862. A post office in Kelso, California, remains from its heyday as a mining town. Visit Insider’s homepage […]
Located in Balaklava, a small oceanside town in the Crimean peninsula, lies one of the most top-secret military bases in history. Built in 1957, the underground submarine base was used by the USSR as a site to repair and maintain the Soviet Black Sea Fleet, should the country need to […]
The Sathorn Unique skyscraper in Bangkok, Thailand, has been abandoned since construction came to a halt after the Asian financial crisis in 1997. It has become a popular destination for urban explorers and tourists, even though entering the building is illegal and dangerous. Much of the structure is crumbling and […]
Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, is the tallest unoccupied building in the world. Construction on the “Hotel of Doom” began in 1987 and has stopped and started several times over three decades due to North Korea’s economic woes. For now, one side of the 1,080-foot building has been outfitted […]
Bryan Sansivero, a photographer from Long Island, New York, explored an abandoned house in northern Virginia. He photographed the home, capturing closets filled with clothes, rooms filled with furniture, and shelves filled with old photographs and books. Sansivero also found a creepy doctor’s office attached to the residence, which had […]