These are some haunted places which represent a creepy side of a mysterious world – a world devoid of human life. The darkness that prevails inside this world has left me awestruck.

1. Pripyat, Ukraine

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Pripyat, is a small city with approximately 50,000 people. This city had remained entirely deserted after the local Chernobyl nuclear disaster took place in 1986. Owing to the existence of nuclear radiations, Pripyat has become a desolate city since the tragedy and will remain thus for centuries and generations to come. Nature is the new ruler of this city which symbolizes apocalypse.

2. Farmhouse – Seneca Lake, New York

Acting as a cemetery for bare skeletons of classical vehicles, the farmhouse of Seneca Lake, situated in New York state, lies deserted now.

3. Willard Asylum – Willard, New York

In 1869, Willard Asylum was built to house the Chronic Insane in New York. For some reasons, it was shut down in 1995. With a maximum
accommodation of 4000 patients, more than half of the 50,000 patients who considered Willard Asylum as their abode passed away within it.  This generates an eerie feeling like that of a morgue – one of the most daunting places you can perceive. After the shut down, most patients went back to live among their relatives, but in that era “People passed away before going away”.

4. Mirny Diamond Mine – Eastern Siberia, Russia

To satiate the hunger for industrial diamonds, Mirny was dug by Stalin on Soviet Union’s order. It is world’s second biggest hole made my man himself. Digging efforts were rendered futile and was ultimately halted when it became too hard to dig this enormous hole any further.

5. Sanzhi UFO Houses – San Zhi, Taiwan

In 1978, these houses were built to be sold to U.S. army officers. Two years later, in 1980, owing to lack of resources, construction was stopped and the Sanzhi UFO Houses were abandoned.

6. Ryugyong Hotel – Pyongyang, North Korea

The Ryugyong Hotel symbolizes North Korea’s lunacy in its true essence. It was only after a few years of the construction work on this 105 storey building that a gargantuan dearth visited the country. With a new fund of $150 million for glass coating, work had once again begun in 2008 after having forsaken it for 16 years. Tourists and visitors coming from different countries have claimed that even though the construction now seems to be complete from the exterior but the interior still needs attention.

7. Disney’s Discovery Island – Lake Buena Vista, Florida

After a water based bacteria posing a potential threat to human life was found in the vicinity of the island, this place is abandoned.

8.Six Flags Jazzland – New Orleans, Louisiana

Six Flags Jazzland has been deserted ever since the brutal Hurricane Katrina destroyed it. However, most rides still stand, testifying the spirit of New Orleans. Though some companies intend to renovate the park, but until then it seems to be a perfect shooting set for a horror movie.

9.  Gulliver’s Travels Park – Kawaguchi, Japan

Old Creeper
Old Creeper

In 1997, Gulliver’s Travels Park was opened in the silhouette of Mt Fuji. In spite of the monetary aid from the Japanese government, this theme park could not last longer and was forsaken within ten years.

10. Bannerman Castle – Pollepel Island, New York

Bannerman castle, named after its owner Francis Bannerman VI, was built to serve as a storehouse to keep the excess ammunition supply of American army procured from the battle with the Spanish. In 1920, approximately 100 Kg of ammunition blew up most of the castle and the remaining relics were forsaken.

11. Chateau Miranda – Celles, Belgium

The castle was initially constructed by a French noble lord escaping the World War II. Miranda castle became an orphan shelter in that era of revolution. It was forsaken in 1980 because the family denied the establishment to curate the building. Due to some past events, the castle still haunts the souls and continues to be one of the favorites of ghoul hunters.

12. Abandoned Coal Plant – France

Martin Vaissie
Martin Vaissie

13. Aniva Rock Lighthouse – Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russia

Aniva – once an official punitive island used by the Russians, was desired by both the Russia and Japan. Located between Japan and the eastern coastline of Russia, this Russian controlled terrain lies desolate now.

14. Eilean Donan – Loch Duich, Scotland



The Eilean Donan Island, situated in the Highlands of Scotland, laid deserted before it was renovated by a well-known army official in 1911.

15. Canfranc Rail Station, Spain

In 1970, a mishap ruined a railway bridge in its close proximity and put an end to the international rail route between the two countries Viz. Spain and France. Canfranc Rail Station was part of an international link between Spain and France. After the tragedy, Canfranc was abandoned.

 16. Abandoned Mill – Ontario, Canada

Dan Brien
Dan Brien

17.Holy Land USA – Waterbury, Connecticut

Inspired by the passages from the Bible, a theme park was established in Waterbury, Connecticut named as Holy Land USA. The park attracted a maximum of 40,000 guest visits per year in 1960s and 70s. However, it was shut down in 1984 even though the grounds had still stand.

18. Hashima Island, Japan

Hashima Island was very well known for supplying coal in the past. There were approximately 5000 miner that once dwelled on the island. The then primary source of fuel in Japan was coal but soon, it was replaced by petrol. The establishment was thus left desolate. Now, only silhouettes remain of what once used to be a lively urban town.

19. Orpheum Auditorium – New Bedford, Massachusetts

The Orpheum Auditorium opened on April 15th, 1912. It was the same day the Titanic had sunk. Apart from a supermarket occupying part of the building, the remaining area remains magnificently desolate.

20. City Hall Station – New York City, New York

Built in 1904, City Hall Station was used by only about 600 passengers per day on a regular basis. Thus, it called for a shut-down in 1945.

21. Underwater City – Shicheng, China

Shicheng, founded 1300 years ago, has been immersed in water for 53 years after the Xin’an River Hydro Plant was damaged and flooded the entire city.

22. Abandoned Power Plant – Belgium

23. Abandoned Domino Sugar Factory — Brooklyn, New York

24.Wreck of the SS America – Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Pedro Lopez Batista
Pedro Lopez Batista

1994 saw the wrecking of this United States ocean liner after serving the country for 54 years.

25. Red Sands Sea Forts – Sealand, United Kingdom

These forts were initially built for the purpose of protecting River Thames from attack during World War II. Sealand, a small state near England, took up some of them but the rest of the forts are uninhabited and barren.

26. Empty Organ Room



27. Military Hospital – Beelitz, Germany

28. Dadipark – Dadizel, Belgium

Wim Van den Eynde
Wim Van den Eynde

Dadipark was a simple playground that functioned from 1950s till 2002.

29. Michigan Central Station – Detroit, Michigan
Jean-Pierre Lavoie,
Jean-Pierre Lavoie,

Central Station, built from 1912 to 1913, was once the tallest railway station in the world and served as a passenger railroad station for Detroit. In 1988 the line was closed and Central Station along with it. Till now all restoration plans for this once-grand station have been unsuccessful.

30.Overgrown section of the Great Wall – China

Trey Ratcliff

Huge parts of the 13,170 miles long great wall of China receive very little care and attention because of the large expenses required for maintaining such gargantuan and mega structures.

 31. Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

For 142 years, from 1829 till 1971, Eastern State served as the first modern prison built in the shape of a wagon wheel. Now it has been transformed into a national marker and its shape has been internationally accepted as a revolutionary symbol. Renowned prisoners were held at Eastern State including Willie Sutton and Al Capone.

32.  Railroad in the Fall – Lebanon, Missouri

33. Christ of the Abyss – San Fruttuoso, Italy


Submerged 55 feet into the depths of water lies this statue of Christ built by Guido Galletti in 1954.

34. Częstochowa Train Depot – Poland

In 1928 Hotel del Salto was built for well-off tourists who visited the Tequendama Falls. Because of contamination of the waterfall, tourism decreased and the hotel was abandoned.

35. An Abandoned Rocket Factory – Russia

36. Częstochowa Train Depot – Poland

37. Wonderland Amusement Park – Beijing, China


Due to shortage of funds, Wonderland, what once was intended to be the best amusement park in Asia sits abandoned. The land has been used for farming by the local cultivators since then.

38. Abandoned church with chairs still standing

With the chairs still standing and a baby’s coffin still noticeable, this church was left abandoned for good.

One can only imagine what are the secrets of these haunted places. As for me, I am more than curious to discover every single abandoned site.

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