Fascinating abandoned places around the world

Fascinating Abandoned places around the world
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Fascinating abandoned places around the world

Six Flags New Orleans was destroyed in 2005 by hurricane Katrina and has been vacant ever since.

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Six Flags New Orleans

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Six Flags New Orleans

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PRIPYAT, UKRAINE - UNDATED: EXCLUSIVE Abandoned Ferris Wheel near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station's Reactor No. 4 in Pripyat, Ukraine. The world's most unlikely tourist attraction has closed its radioactive doors to visitors. From hastily abandoned classrooms to devastated private homes, the shattered radioactive wasteland of Chernobyl attracted 10,000 visitors per year, with each paying about £65 to tour operators. With flights and hotel bookings on top of this the nuclear disaster zone contributed millions of pounds to the Ukrainian economy. However the Tourism Ministry closed the site amid concerns that the cash generated from tourism was not being spent to solve the problems of the radiation zone. The climax of the trip was a viewing of Chernobyl's infamous reactor number four, which exploded in 1986 - killing 43 people in the immediate aftermath and up to 10,000 from radiation and genetic disorders since then. Award-winning photographer, Zoltan Balogh, 31, from Hungary overcame Soviet-style red tape and travelled 1,200 miles to grab his last chance to reach the reactor and braved the still hazardous radioactive fallout to bring back an incredible snapshot of this unique project. (Photo by Zoltan Balogh / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)

The Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea was left standing vacant and half finished when the economy collapsed. A shiny glass exterior was added in 2008, yet the building is still a shell. 

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Although this historical photo is from before the asylum shut down in 1995, you can see how creepy the Willard Asylum in upstate New York must be now. 

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No one really knows why these futuristic looking pod homes in Taiwan ended up abandoned and decrepit, legend says they were haunted (Photo credit: Carrie Kellenberger/Flickr

The pod village was torn down in 2009

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Discovery Island, used to be a popular Disney world attraction, it was shut down in 1999 for mysterious reasons. 

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Disney's Discovery Island

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Sakhalin Island, Aniva Cape lighthouse, Russia

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Aniva Cape Lighthouse 

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Canfranc Station, Spain

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Canfranc Station, Spain

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The Chateau Miranda in Belgium has stood vacant since 1991

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Chateau Miranda

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Chateau Miranda 

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Abandoned Igloo Hotel, Alaska

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Abandoned Igloo Hotel, Alaska

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Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

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Hashima Island, Japan

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Hashima Island, Japan

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New York's City Hall subway station has been closed since 1945, it left behind the unparalleled architecture of the time. 

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City Hall Station

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Holy Land USA was a theme park in Connecticut, based on the bible. It closed in 1984 where the grounds have been heavily vandalized. 

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Abandoned power plant in Budapest

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The Domino Sugar refinery in Brooklyn has been empty since 2004.

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Domino Sugar Refinery 

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The Maunsell sea forts were built to help Great Britain defend their shores during World War II.

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Michigan public schools book depository. This building was abandoned after a 1987 fire. 

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Belgian amusement park DadiPark

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DadiPark, Belgium  

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Beelitz Heilstätten Hospital, Germany. Many say Hitler was treated here during World War I

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Beelitz Heilstätten Hospital, Germany

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Beelitz Heilstätten Hospital, Germany

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Abandoned City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana 

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Wonderland abandoned theme park, Beijing China

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Eastern State Penitentiary, Pennsylvania 

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Eastern State Penitentiary, Pennsylvania 

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Abandoned Farm House, Texas

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When a place becomes nothing but a faded memory, Mother Nature quickly reclaims the Earth. The reasons why places become abandoned create an intriguing story full of mystery and nostalgia . Click through above to see some of the most intriguing and haunting abandoned places around the world.

Check out the video below for the story of a place left behind:
The Last Tour Of An Abandoned Olympic Ice Rink - Abandonment Issues
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