#1 Hashima Island, Japan
Hashima Island is an abandoned island from southern Japan, close to Nagasaki and it’s a symbol of the rapid industrialization of Japan. In 1959, the island reached a peak population of over 5000 however, with the coal supplies nearing depletion, the mine was closed in 1974 and soon, all residents leaved the island.
#2 Prypiat Amusement Park, Ukraine
This was an upcoming amusement park that was to be opened in May, 1986 in Ukraine. It never got to its inauguration date because of the Chernobyl disaster that occurred a few kilometers away, on April 26. The only time the park was actually used was on April 27, to keep the city people entertained before the evacuation announcement was made.
#3 Beelitz-Heilstätten military hospital, Germany
Built at the beginning of the 20th century in Beelitz, Germany, this hospital’s main purpose was to treat tuberculosis patients and it consists of around 60 buildings spread out over 200 hectares, surrounded by a beautiful forest. The hospital was used for military purposes (both treatment and experiments) in both the first and second World Wars. Beelitz-Heilstätten is popular not only because it’s deserted, but also because it is said that Hitler treated his WWI injuries here. Later on, the hospital became the largest Soviet military treatment facility. Most of the buildings were abandoned at the end of the 80s, but some are still used for neurological research and rehabilitation.
#4 Orpheum Theatre, Massachusetts, USA
The Orpheum Theater was built in New Bedford, Massachusetts (USA) in 1912 and it was originally called the Majestic Opera House. Opened the same day the Titanic sank (April 15, 1912), the building served as a ballroom as well as armored shooting range, helping in training troops for WWI and WWII. The theater closed in 1959 and was only opened for special occasions. The building is currently privately owned.
#5 Holland Island, USA
Holland Island is a rapidly eroding island in the Chesapeake Bay, in Dorchester County, Maryland (USA). In 1910, this was the largest inhabited island in the Chesapeake Bay, with about 360 residents however, in 1914, due the erosions caused by the wind and tide, the inhabitants had to move to the mainland, with the last family leaving the island in 1918. The last house standing on the island, built in 1888, collapsed in 2010.
#6 I.M. Cooling Tower, Belgium
The I.M. Cooling Tower is part of the Doel Nuclear Power Station located in Charleroi, Belgium. The power plant ceased operations in 2006 and is currently set for demolition.
#7 Salto Hotel, Colombia
The Salto Hotel, also known as Tequendama Falls Hotel, was built in Tequendama Falls Hotel, Colombia, in 1923, and initially it was a house, built as a symbol of the joy and elegance of the elite citizens in the 20s. The building became a hotel in 1950, which was abandoned in the 90s.
#8 Abandoned mill in Sorrento, Italy
This abandoned mill is found in “The valley of the mills”, a deep canyon in the town of Sorrento (Near Naples), southern Italy. The mill was built in the beginning of the 1800s and it was used to produce flour. It was abandoned in 1866, when the creation of Tasso square isolated the mill from the sea, which caused a rise in humidity.
#9 Abandoned Rockland Psychiatric Center, USA
Initially known as Rockland State Hospital for the Insane and established in Orangeburg, New York, in 1927, the hospital had its peak in 1959 when it had more than 9000 residents and a staff 0f 2000. Starting in the 1930s and 1940s, buildings on the majority of the site have been abandoned and are closed to the public however, a new hospital still operates on this site.
#10 Balaklava submarine base, Ukraine
This soviet submarine base was operational until 1993 and it is said to be virtually indestructible and designed to survive a direct atomic impact, being one of the most secret areas in the Soviet Union at its prime.