Abandoned places present a strange but unique experience. Untouched by the traces of today, they remind you of a world frozen at another time. Even though these places may give off an eerie vibe, they are equally stunning. Here’s a list of some of the world’s most beautiful yet deserted places
Michigan Theatre in Detroit
This theatre was built in 1926, in the same location where Henry Ford established his first workshop. It once was a lit-up venue in downtown Detroit with seven stories and 4000 seats. However, in 1967 it shut down as multiplexes, suburban movie theatres, and televisions became popular. The theatre features opulent interiors with frescoed walls and cathedral ceilings.
Kolmanskop in Namibia
Now silent and abandoned, the town of Kolmanskop was once known for diamond mining. But when more diamond-mining spots were discovered further south, it was left to be a ghost town. Now, most of the sand-filled houses here are picturesque spots where several movies and music videos have been shot.
Hashima Island in Japan
Hashima Island once was densely populated because of all the opportunities it promised. When massive coal deposits were discovered right underneath this island in Hashima, many labourers and miners settled here. Subsequently, a township was developed–buildings were constructed for them to stay. But once the coal ran out, folks abandoned the island for another place.
City Hall Subway in NYC
It is perhaps hard to imagine a desolate place in a city that’s always buzzing. But this subway built right below the City Hall in 1904 proves otherwise. Designed by Rafael Guastavino, this subway station features vaulted ceilings and ornate chandeliers. However, its beauty couldn’t make up for the lack of practicality or beat Brooklyn Bridge station’s popularity, leading it to be shut down in 1940.
Kayakoy in Turkey
This quaint, colourful town was once home to 10,000 residents from different religious backgrounds living harmoniously. However, during the Greco-Turkish wars of 1920, a forced exodus led to Kayakoy being abandoned by those who lived there. The situation was further worsened by an earthquake in 1957 that caused irreparable damage.