From submerged cities and abandoned castles, to magnificent places hidden in mountains and forests, these are 9 Strange Abandoned Places Around the World.
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9. Chateau Miranda
LOCATION - BELGIUM
LOCATION - ARGENTINA
7.Castle of Merle
LOCATION - FRANCE
6.Coco Palms Resort
LOCATION - HAWAII
5.Vance Creek Bridge
LOCATION - WASHINGTON STATE
Ask and you shall receive, Noelle, there are awesome abandoned places all over the map, you just have to find them !
Vance creek bridge is one of those places. There are no road signs, there are no travel guides, there are no gift shops. Well thats how things were before the explosion of social media. What was once a local secret became an overnight sensation since EVERYONE wanted a selfie on “that Pacific Northwest Bridge”
Just a short back story, the bridge was built in the 1920s by the Simpson Investment Company and was instrumental in the transportation of lumber from the area. That railroad spanned hundreds of miles throughout the Olympic Peninsula in its heyday.
The bridge has suffered a lot in the last few years, many of the wood boards are missing, the metal underneath is covered in graffiti, and of course, there is tons of garbage thrown in the river below. Its sad to say, but sometimes, amazing places can be ruined by too many visitors.
However surrounding area is still breathtaking, the bridge is still standing, and the sky has not fallen… yet, but beware, it is all private property.
4.Sarajevo Olympic Village
LOCATION - BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
In 1984, Sarajevo was the capital of Bosnia And Herzegovina which was under control by Communist Yugoslavia, and it was also the site of the first Winter Olympic games to be hosted in a communist country. The official mascot was Vucko, a playful wolf, and almost everything went smoothly.
Things didn’t go so smoothly in 1992 when Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia. Sarajevo suffered the longest occupation of a capital city in modern warfare times, and for 1425 days it was used as a battleground between opposing forces. The Olympic village was not spared, on the contrary, many parts of it were used for ammunition storage and defense, there is stories of people still finding land mines in the area
Some of the land that was part of the winter village has been turned into a graveyard commemorating all the people who lost their lives during the bloody conflict. The place is not completely abandoned, and as you can see in this picture, the bobsled track is used by many thrillseekers.
LOCATION - MARYLAND
At number 4 on our list, we have Fort Carroll, an artificial island built near Baltimore, Maryland. The project was finished in 1847 and the fort became instrumental in the defense system of north east sea ports.
Fort Carroll was upgraded periodically but by 1950 it was rendered useless. In 1958, the fort was purchased for $10,000 with the intentions of opening a casino on it. The plans were never materialized, and the only occupants for the last 60 or so years have been various animals and the occasional urban explorer.
LOCATION - INDIA
It seems like almost every place in India is tied to a legendary epic tale, and Pamban Island is no exception. Dhanushkodi is a deserted town on the southern tip of the island, and in the Hindu Epic, Ramayana, it was described as the starting point of the bridge connecting India to Sri Lanka
Perhaps the most interesting part of the whole town is the Church, it was built about 300 years ago by the Portuguese. The town was a bustling community until its destruction by the 1964 Rameshwaram Cyclone that hit the area.
In December 2016, heavy rainfall caused a big part of the remaining wall to crumble, but not all was lost. Many visitors describe the place as serene and a must visit for any adventurer.
1.Assy Turgen Observatory
It is impossible not to notice the massive influence of the U.S.S.R. in the design of this rundown space observatory. Located, in seriously, the middle of nowhere Kazakhstan, the Assy - Turgen Observatory, is half abandoned, and half operational.
The site was supposed to have 2 big telescopes spying on the night sky, but only 1 was ever installed, the other one has been “under construction” for the past few decades. The situation is a bit murky, and the sources I have found for this information are questionable. It is almost like this is a …. Top secret military operation pretending to be a dilapidated observatory.
Most people that have had the chance to visit the beautiful mountainside around the observatory have mentioned that the place is still strictly off limits and there are security guards and guard dogs that are not afraid to yell at you.