10 gloomy abandoned, where once life was in full swing
There are countless reasons why the once noisy place can be neglected: wars, climate change, famine, economic instability, even religion ... Whatever the reason, these places have become a shadow of ourselves, reminding us that all will inevitably come to an end.
Ghost Town Fandom
This abandoned Chinese town older than 2,000 years, is situated on the banks of the Yangtze River and is considered by locals house of the devil, and the entrance to the underworld. Fandom is believed to have been founded during the reign of the Han dynasty, the two men, Yin and Wang, who became Taoist hermits.
Later, during the Tang Dynasty (618-906. NE), fandom gained a reputation for the place where the dead live, and became a famous Taoist cemetery.
After the completion of DAM "Three Gorges" the lower part of the city was plunged into the water. However, hill and dozens of temples remained on the surface of a large artificial lake formed during the construction of the dam, which has greatly facilitated access to tourists. Upper temple complex, which has become a popular tourist attraction, filled with colorful statues depicting all sorts of devils and demons torturing souls in the afterlife.
Among the many Taoist temples and shrines there is a stone statue of "The Phantom of the King", which was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest sculpture carved from a single stone.
Statue of "The Phantom of the King"
Ancient Kayakoy ghost town, which is near the Taurus Mountains in the south-west of Turkey, was once home to more than 20,000 Greeks. Today, due to the political infighting that took place almost a century ago, it is in ruins.
After World War and collapse of the Ottoman Empire Greece and Turkey plunged into its own war for land. The result was a mutual compulsory exchange of populations, and about 200 000 Greeks and more than 300 000 Turks were forcibly evicted from their homes.
PEOPLE, LONG years of peaceful living with Muslim neighbors, were forced to go to war-torn Greece to start over and to avoid prosecution for something that had nothing to do.
SAVE IN THE CITY 350 houses and two Orthodox Church looks almost like an ancient. They serve as a reminder of how short can be a human lifetime in the face of nature. The museum, which tells the history of the city - is all that is left in Kayakoy.
Unique skyscraper Sathorn
In the early 1990s, Thailand experienced the biggest economic boom in its history. At this time, the abundance of Bangkok began to demonstrate its stability, building high-rise buildings.
But during the Asian financial crisis in 1997, Thailand's economic success has stopped: the money worthless literally overnight. Because of this, almost completed construction of a unique skyscraper Sathorn stopped just a few months to complete.
This 49-storey residential complex now stands alone, in spite of the great city of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River. The entrance to it is forbidden and dangerous, many floors are collapsing from a simple touch.
THAILAND TODAY to restore and there followed many other skyscrapers. But fate Sathorn remains uncertain because its repair will cost more than a new building. In addition, he has a reputation for a long time there was a haunted house ...
The inclined plane of Covasna
Located on the border of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Romanian Principalities small town Covasna was an important industrial center for the forestry and timber industry. In 1890, the entire railway network was built that connected Covasna with the rest of the country.
within this rail network has developed a system that allowed only by means of gravity, without the use of motors to lower down the composition, filled with logs at the same time raising the empty wagons up. This simple but brilliant invention of mankind was unique at the time, but today it can only be found in several places around the world.
Unfortunately, in 1995, the Region launched a very strong storm, which destroyed much of the forest and timber industry. Local authorities and wealthy regional investors discussed a plan to restore the rail network and the inclined plane of the system as a tourist, but as long as it did not work out, that is largely due to the economic crisis of 2008.
5. Island North Brother
The island, located only a few kilometers from the airport of La Guardia, New Yorkers once passed it by, but now completely forgotten. Between 1880 and E-1930's Hospital "Riverside" is here that was last resort for the patients suffering from smallpox, typhoid fever, scarlet fever and leprosy. In 1938 there died notorious Typhoid Mary, kill drug dealers for their money. Before the final closure in 1963, the hospital was a rehabilitation center for drug-addicted teens.
Today the island is North Brother is essentially a nature reserve. The hospital is still standing, but inside there was nothing there. The windows are broken, the paint peeled off the walls and fall off the roof.
In 2008, the island again attracted public attention when an architect and photographer Christopher Payne documented its current status.
Teufelsberg (Devil's Mountain)
This relic of the Cold War, quietly standing at the top of the highest hill in West Berlin. There was a radio station, radio intercepts all entry and exit from the Soviet side.
CAM hill was built in 1963 from the wreckage left behind after World War II. On this place used to be a Nazi military training school, which the Allies after an unsuccessful attempt to demolish decided to bury beneath 120 meters of debris of destroyed buildings, appeared as a result of massive bombardment Anglo-American aviation. Later this place became known as the Devil's Mountain.
After the Berlin Wall is a graffiti-covered abandoned building changed many owners. Among them was David Lynch, who had planned to build the University of meditation here, but the municipality of Berlin, this plan is not approved.
OTHER planned to build a luxury hotel, restaurant and museum of espionage, but it is likely that nothing will come of it in the near future. This is good news for Christopher Maklarrena, a former employee of Teufelsberg, which organizes here weekend tours for lovers of espionage.
Discovered by Christopher Columbus back in 1493 the Caribbean island of Montserrat area of 100 square meters. km every day increases in size. On the one hand, given the area of the piece of land, which is good news. But on the other - this is the reason why the entire southern part of the island abandoned.
In 1995 and 1997 erupted ONCE sleeping volcano Soufrière Hills. Plymouth and its surroundings are covered with a layer thickness of hot ash and a half meters. As in the ancient city of Pompeii, most of the buildings, streets and Plymouth cars were all locked in a solid, such as concrete, pyroclastic flows.
Fortunately, almost all residents were evacuated safely to the northern part of the island, and no one was hurt, but the tourist economy is literally turned to ashes, with no hope of revival in the near future.
Once beautiful neo-Gothic castle built in the south of Belgium near the French border, now lies in ruins. During the French Revolution, a politically active family Liedekerke Beaufort has been compelled to leave the castle and move to a neighboring farm to hide and wait for the results of the revolution.
Once all ended, they were ready to start all over again, and in 1866 began construction of the Chateau Miranda.
After the Second World War and up to 80-ies of the last century, the Belgian national railway company used the castle as a summer camp for orphans.
GROWTH maintenance costs In 1991, the castle was abandoned. Four years later, a fire destroyed part of the roof, and the owners moved out of him all the valuables, parquet floors and Italian marble in the other his castle in Italy.
Today, even after an offer to purchase and the transformation of the castle in the hotel, it is blank. In addition, Liedekerke Beaufort put forward an official request for its demolition. Regardless of the outcome, the Chateau Miranda now living out its last days.
"The Holy Land" USA
In 1958 in Waterbury, Connecticut, a man named John Greco built a biblical theme park. The park was very popular in the 60-70s of the last century, it is visited annually by more than 40 000 visitors.
Among the main attractions were a miniature Bethlehem Nativity, Jerusalem, the crucifixion of Christ and the palace of Herod, 15-meter-high stainless steel cross, noticeable from any place of the park, and many Bible verses written on the stones.
In 1984, GRECO has decided to temporarily close the park for the reconstruction and expansion, but two years later he died, and more so the park was not already open.
Abandoned railway station in Abkhazia
Abkhazia, a region on the Black Sea, once a popular tourist destination for the Russian elite, including Stalin himself, abruptly losing popularity and is experiencing an economic crisis. Announcing in 1999 its independence from Georgia, Abkhazia is still a disputed territory.
ITS ECONOMIC PROBLEMS can be seen everywhere, including on ornate railway station in Sukhumi. Despite two decades of neglect, it still gives us an idea of how life looked like the top of Soviet society. Racks mahogany, beautiful marble columns and elaborate stucco - all these can still be seen, though in a state of decline.
SOMETIMES STATION VISIT passenger trains, but since it is very close to the ceasefire line with Georgia, now it is the end station.
In recent years the region has experienced a major investment from Russia, which is trying to increase its influence in Abkhazia. Maybe someday this station again becomes noisy and bustling station.