Abandoned buildings from around the world

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Strange Abandoned Buildings Around The World: That's Weird
Across the planet, there are locations and monuments left abandoned. Once time and corrosion have taken hold, entire towns are left in ghostly shells of their former selves.

Take for example Pripyat, Ukraine, site of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster of 1986. This once-bustling city of thousands was abandoned virtually overnight when one of the reactor cores malfunctioned. Residents were told to take only what was necessary and leave immediately. All that stands now is a wasteland of wreckage and ruins that create a snapshot in time. Large parts of the site are still off-limits due to radioactivity, but there is a small portion that has been sealed off for tourists.

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A pile of abandoned gas masks left in Pripyat, Ukraine, after one of reactors in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant had a meltdown in 1986, forcing the citizens to evacuate. ​
​Toys left behind in Pripyat, Ukraine, after one of reactors in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant had a meltdown in 1986, forcing the citizens to evacuate. ​
Abandoned Pripyat, Ukraine, after one of reactors in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant had a meltdown in 1986, forcing the citizens to evacuate. ​
Cars left in Pripyat, Ukraine, after one of reactors in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant had a meltdown in 1986, forcing the citizens to evacuate. ​
Abandoned plant in Pripyat, Ukraine, after one of reactors in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant had a meltdown in 1986, forcing the citizens to evacuate. ​
Ferris Wheel in Pripyat, Ukraine, after one of reactors in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant had a meltdown in 1986, forcing the citizens to evacuate. ​
Pripyat, Ukraine after one of reactors in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant had a meltdown in 1986, forcing the citizens to evacuate. ​
Pripyat, Ukraine after one of reactors in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant had a meltdown in 1986, forcing the citizens to evacuate. ​
Pripyat, Ukraine after one of reactors in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant had a meltdown in 1986, forcing the citizens to evacuate. ​
Pripyat, Ukraine after one of reactors in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant had a meltdown in 1986, forcing the citizens to evacuate. ​
City buildings stand beyond the giant excavated hole left by the Mir mine, a former open pit diamond mine, in Mirny, Russia, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. 
The giant excavated hole left by the Mir mine, a former open pit diamond mine, sits in the ground beside city buildings in Mirny, Russia, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. 
Some of the rides remain in place at the Six Flags New Orleans theme park in Eastern New Orleans years after Hurricane Katrina.
The Ferris wheel sits idle at the Six Flags New Orleans theme park in Eastern New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
The abandoned Six Flags amusement park is seen in this aerial photo in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. The park closed for Hurricane Katrina and never reopened.
A roller coaster sits idle at the Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009. Six Flags Inc., the New York-based theme park owner, lost a bid to finance its exit from bankruptcy with loans and a stock sale when a judge said breakup fees in the proposed contract were too high. 
Six Flags New Orleans, an amusement park , was underwater in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 13, 2005 after Hurricane Katrina.
Abandoned Six Flags Hurricane Harbor after Hurricane Katrina.
A staircase of the Bannerman's Island Arsenal is seen on Pollepel Island, N.Y., on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Though it looks like it was built to withstand battering rams, it was actually a surplus military goods warehouse made to resemble a Scottish castle. Businessman Francis Bannerman VI had it built early in the 20th century as a place to store helmets, haversacks, mess kits and munitions he could not store in his thriving shop in Manhattan. 
Neil Caplan, executive director of the Bannerman Castle Trust, holds a 2009 photograph of the castle before part of it collapsed that year, on Pollepel Island, N.Y., on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Though it looks like it was built to withstand battering rams, it was actually a surplus military goods warehouse made to resemble a Scottish castle. Businessman Francis Bannerman VI had it built early in the 20th century as a place to store helmets, haversacks, mess kits and munitions he could not store in his thriving shop in Manhattan. 
The 'Building 65,' largest dormitory building for workers on island in the restricted area of Hashima Island or commonly called Gunkan-jima, Battleship Island, on December 12, 2013 in Nagasaki, Japan. Gunkan-jima, now obsolete, was bought by Mitsubishi in 1890 to be developed as a coal mining island. As petroleum replaced coal in the late 1960s, Mitsubishi closed the mine in 1974. 
Hashima Island, as known as 'Battleship island (Gunkan-jima)' is seen on September 23, 2013 in Nagasaki, Japan. The island was a coal mining facility until its closure in 197. More than 5,000 residents used to live this Japan's first concrete building apartments at its peak.
Aerial view of Warship Island in Nagasaki, Japan.
The entrance to Holy Land in Waterbury, Conn., with a hillside filled with dozens of structures representing Bethlehem and Jerusalem first opened in 1958. 
Brooklyn's Domino Sugar plant, an East River, New York fixture for more than 150 years, closed its refinery operation after Friday's Jan. 30, 2004, shifts. The factory, shown Thursday, Jan. 29. 2004, predated the Brooklyn Bridge and outlasted the Brooklyn Dodgers.
A staircase stands on the ground level of the main building at the former Domino Sugar refinery in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Two Trees Management Co. plans to turn the idle Domino Sugar refinery building on Williamsburgs waterfront into about 630,000 square feet of offices.  
The former Domino Sugar refinery stands next to the Williamsburg Bridge as seen from New York, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Two Trees Management Co. plans to turn the idle Domino Sugar refinery building on Williamsburgs waterfront into about 630,000 square feet of offices. 
World War 2 sea forts - Shivering Sands off the North Kent coast near Herne Bay/Whitstable UK, abandoned, decay.
World War 2 sea forts - Shivering Sands off the North Kent coast near Herne Bay/Whitstable UK, abandoned, decay.
A Chinese man walks along an overgrown section of the Great Wall of China, north of Beijing, on the last day he was legally allowed to do so Thursday July 31, 2003. Tourists will be banned from exploring undeveloped sections of the Great Wall in the Beijing area, beginning August 1, to protect the ancient monument from damage. Violators face fines of between 200 Yuan (US24.00) and 30,000 Yuan (US$3,600). 
In this photo taken Jan. 21, 2010, the abandoned Michigan Central Depot train station is seen in Detroit. Even if Mayor Dave Bing's goal of 10,000 house demolitions is met, Bing admits there currently is no money to tear down dozens of larger buildings and former factories. Unless owners come up with funding, structures like the 17-story train depot, a 3.5-million-square-foot Packard car plant, and a former nursing care facility complex that covers an entire city block would cost a combined $25 million to tear down. 
Miru Kim poses in Michigan Central Station in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit was once one of the wealthiest cities in the world with the rise of the American auto industry in the early 1900s. Now, the population of the city is reduced to about half of what it was in 1950. The desolation and poverty are plainly visible. The Michigan Central Station has become a symbol of Detroit's former radiance and present decay. When it opened in 1913, it was the tallest rail station in the world, designed by the same architects that designed New York City's Grand Central Terminal. 
In this Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 photo shown is Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. The penitentiary took in its first inmate in 1829, closed in 1971 and reopened as a museum in 1994. 
In this Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 photo shown is Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. The penitentiary took in its first inmate in 1829, closed in 1971 and reopened as a museum in 1994. 
Shown is a ball field within the walls at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Wednesday, April 2, 2008. The penitentiary opened in 1829, closed in 1971, and then historic preservationists reopened it to the public for tours in 1994. 
Shown is a cellblock at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Wednesday, April 2, 2008. The penitentiary opened in 1829, closed in 1971, and then historic preservationists reopened it to the public for tours in 1994. 
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The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was open from 1829 until 1971 and utilized a system of separate incarceration. Designed in the shape of a wagon wheel, the prison was home to notorious criminals such as Willie Sutton and Al Capone. The prison is now a museum and official historic site that is a monument to history with eerie imagery, abandoned barber shops and cavernous wrecked hallways.

The Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea is a construction project several decades in the making. Building began in 1987 and came to a halt in 1992 with the fall of the Soviet Union and a downturn in North Korea's economy. Standing at just over 1,000 feet tall, the hotel is the most visible object of Pyongyang's cityscape. Known also as 'the hotel of doom' and 'the phantom hotel,' it has stood largely vacant for decades with an uncertain path forward. Work on the hotel began again in 2008 and today the exterior is complete, but reports are that the interior is hollow, large and mostly incomplete.

The New South China Mall is a large mall in Dongguan, China that, since it's opening in 2005, has remained largely unoccupied. The 7.1 million square foot leasing space was built on farm land and is a haunting reminder of ambitious, albeit poorly planned, urban development, which is sadly the case in many parts of China.

Ghost towns across the world pique our imaginations and continue to be relics of an age gone by.

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