Witness the most ghostly desolate places in the world… but is somehow magnificent in its way. It’s somewhat crazy to think that the photos below were once inhabited by humans, and only to be left behind and forgotten. In this post, we’ll show you some beautiful but scary abandoned places around the world. So for the adventurous and spooky finders out there, here’s the list for you.
1. Christ of the Abyss at San Fruttuoso, Italy
A couple summers back a couple of divers dive off the boat and did not expect to see this guy underwater. Needless to say they freaked out. The statue is 20 meters underwater from the base. But what’s really scary is the open ocean around him. The water is so vast and clear, the only thing you can see is him.
If you’d read at Wikipedia, Christ of the Abyss (Italian: Il Cristo degli Abissi) is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ. The original which is located in the Mediterranean Sea, off San Fruttuoso. Various other casts of the statue are located in other places worldwide, like in underwater places, churches and museums.
It was placed in the Mediterranean Sea on August 22 1954. And at approximately 56 ft depth, and stands 8 ft tall. Sculpted by Guido Galletti, based on an idea of Italian diver Duilio Marcante.
2. Nara Dreamland, Japan
Nara Dreamland is an abandoned theme park in Nara, Japan. The park was heavily inspired by Disneyland. The entrance to the park was built very similar to it.
Opened in 1961, the park was almost an exact replica of Disneyland. Visitors liked going there as it was the closest thing they could get without traveling to US. At its peak, the park had 1.6 million visitors a year.
In 1979, The Oriental Land Company made contact with Disney Co. to create a Disneyland in Tokyo. On April 15, 1983, Tokyo Disneyland finally opened. Since then, the number of visitors slowly began to decrease, as more people were interested in going to the actual Disneyland. This marked the beginning of the downfall for Dreamland.
It closed on August 31, 2006 and the park was left abandoned until it was demolished between October 2016 and into December 2017.
3. Pripyat, Ukraine
Pripyat is a ghost town in northern Ukraine, near the Ukraine-Belarus border. Imagine a whole city once full of people and full of life now become a ghost town.
It was once a residential to the workers who worked in the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant. But in 1986, the nuclear power plant faced a disaster. Known as the Chernobyl Disaster of 1986, led the evacuation of the entire city.
Priypat, thus, remains a radioactive ghost city haunted by the nightmares of that dreadful night.
4. El Hotel del Salto, Colombia
Hotel del Salto opened in 1928 to welcome wealthy travelers visiting the Tequendama Falls area. The building displays divine French architecture and high windows. It was also constructed as a symbol of the joy and elegance of the elite citizens of the 20s.
Tragically, it was also the scene of several suicides. The fact that many people in the past chose that spot to commit suicide, made others believe that the hotel is haunted. The hotel finally closed down in the early 90’s and was left abandoned ever since.
5. Kolmanskop, Namib Desert
Kolmanskop is a ghost town in the Namib desert in southern Namibia. The village was once a small but very rich mining village. It was built because of the once enormous wealth of the first diamond miners.
The town started to decline when the diamond-field slowly depleted by the year-’30s. Hastening the town’s demise was the discovery in 1928 of the richest diamond-bearing deposits ever known. In 1954, the town was ultimately abandoned.
6. Hashima Island
Hashima Island, commonly called Gunkanjima, is an abandoned island lying about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the city of Nagasaki, Japan. The island was bought by Mitsubishi Goshi Kaisha on 1890 and began extracting coal from undersea mines. And as the company grow at large, they built Japan’s first large reinforced concrete building (a 7 floor miner’s apartment block), to accommodate their burgeoning ranks of workers.
Unfortunately, by the year 1960, petroleum replaced coal in Japan and coal mines began shutting down across the country. Hashima’s minces were no exemption. Mitsubishi officially closed the mine in January 1974, and the island was cleared of inhabitants by April.