30 most beautiful abandoned places in the word
Even though they have been abandoned, some places in the world have not lost their beauty. Abandoned buildings, ghost towns, old churches, and amusement parks have become real tourist attractions, offering a great perspective on the past.
Most beautiful abandoned places in the world
Although apocalyptic at first glance, there is something beautiful about abandoned places. Here time has stopped as if in place, there is no human vision, but the beauty remains forever. Abandoned places show us what actually happens without human intervention - and what could happen even to places we love and visit often. The following locations are some of the most impressive, behind which are also impressive stories.
Wrapped in mist and attractive fall foliage in the Alaskan wilderness, the Kennecott Mines and surrounding town are (almost) as creepy as the Packard Sawmill in Twin Peaks. The town of Kennecott once prospered with copper miners and their families until resources were depleted in the late 1930s, and all the inhabitants moved elsewhere - except for a family of three. Thus, this area was completely abandoned in the 1950s, when the last family left.
Railway Canfranc, Spain
Although the glory days have long passed, the Canfranc International Railway Station in Huesca, Spain, still leaves unforgettable memories. It was once one of the busiest stations in Europe and the second largest in its construction in 1928. It was closed when a train derailed on the French side of the bridge.
Grossinger Resort, New York
Grossinger's Resort in Liberty used to be a luxury weekend getaway in New York. In its heyday, it was similar to the Dirty Dancing resort (some even say it was the inspiration behind Grossinger's movie). Due to bankruptcy, the resort closed in 1986.
Rummu Prison, Estonia
This semi-submerged prison has a dark past. Prisoners were forced to work in their careers until it was abandoned in the early 1990s, when Estonia gained independence from the Soviet Union. Without the necessary maintenance, it was eventually flooded. Today, it's actually a beach - so if that's your idea of a dream beach vacation, get your diving permit and book a ticket.
Goricina Hotel, Croatia
Bougainvillea and the Adriatic Sea dominate this abandoned hotel on the Croatian coast. Hotel Goricina was once a luxury hotel in a Yugoslav military resort, which was destroyed in the Croatian War of Independence, along with a number of other hotels.
Hachijo Royal Hotel, Japan
Located on the lush Japanese island of Hachijojima, Hachijo Royal Hotel was once one of the largest resorts in the country. The French Baroque architecture, covered with moss and vegetation, is truly impressive.
Dating back to the 1800s, this complex functioned as a military hospital during the war. The surrounding area was abandoned in the mid-1990s, when Soviet forces withdrew from Germany.
Copper mining ended in Geamana in the 1970s of toxic waste. Thus, the place was "flooded" by an artificial lake and tons of toxic waste.
Despite its existence in 540, much of the city's population was evacuated in the 20th century due to a landslide in 1963 and a flood in 1972. It is now such an impressive ancient site that it even served as a filming site, like The Passion of the Christ.
Temple of Santiago, Mexico
The drought in southern Mexico has lowered the water level around this 450-year-old church. Although the circumstances are not exactly "joy", they did allow the temple, which is usually hidden under water, to come to light - an amazing but strange moment, about how things are not always what they seem.
Gougi Island, China
This fishing village on the Yangtze River in China is not just a forgotten city - its lush buildings covered in ivy and greenery are surprisingly quiet and special. The Chinese site that first wrote about this place called the area the "Wizard of Oz's dream".
St. Nicholas Church, Macedonia
This flooded church is located on Lake Mavorvo in Macedonia. The destruction was in fact intentional. The lake was created to support a power plant. What remains is a special juxtaposition of the abandoned building over the beautiful landscape.
Miranda Castle, Belgium
Built in 1866, this fairytale-like structure in Belgium was originally intended to be a summer house, but the designer died before it was completed in 1907. It was later taken over by the Nazis during World War II. it served as a summer camp for 20 years, and was eventually abandoned in 1991 because it was too expensive to maintain.
Ross Island, India
Located in southern Andaman, India, this island was once a British administrative center for the Indian settlement. However, after being abandoned, it was "flooded" by wild Ficus and now has an amazing atmosphere, broken as if from the Jungle Book.
Six Flags, New Orleans
This amusement park was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. About 80% of the park was destroyed, making it too expensive to restore. What is left behind is the funhouse version of a theme park.
While it was once a lush island inhabited by many people, it was evacuated in the 1930s due to the threat of starvation. Now, the abandoned stone structures fit perfectly into the landscape.
Dome Homes, Florida
Right off the coast of Marco Island in Cape Romano, Florida, is a structure that looks like an abandoned alien spaceship, but in reality it was once a vacation home that has since been destroyed by hurricanes.
The historic district of Berlin was founded in 1897 as part of mining growth, but was never successful in other nearby cities and was largely abandoned until 1911. It is now part of the Nevada State Park.
The city was founded in the Namib Desert in 1908 when a man found a diamond in the area, but was abandoned in 1954 after resources were depleted. The remaining houses are now full of sand - a strange but special view.
Kilchurn Castle, Scotland
This Scottish castle was built in the mid-1400s and is home to some of the strongest people in the country. However, it was abandoned in the 1700s and is now one of the most photographed castles, due to its (obviously) striking location.
The statue of Jesus Christ, sunk off the coast of Malta
Near the Maltese coast, scuba diving tourists can see the statue of Jesus Christ at a depth of 38 meters, on the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.
A similar statue, made of bronze and called "Christ of the Abyss", is also found near the Italian coast of the Mediterranean Sea, near San Fruttuoso. It was placed in 1954 at a depth of 17 meters below sea level and is 2.5 meters high.
The city of Pripyat in Ukraine
The city of Pripyat was built in northern Ukraine, near the border with Belarus, especially for workers working at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Pripyat was a city of about 50,000 inhabitants, which was completely abandoned a few days after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Park - Gulliver's Kingdom
"Gulliver's Kingdom" was a Japanese amusement park opened in 1997 and abandoned in 2001. It was located in the Yamanashi region, and its main attraction was the 44-meter-long statue of Lemuel Gulliver, the character Gulliver's Travels, published in 1726 by Jonathan Swift.
Bannerman Castle - New York
Bannerman Castle is about 80 miles from New York on Pollepel Island on the Hudson River. It is an abandoned weapons depot, built by businessman Francis Bannerman VI in 1901.
In 1920, 200 tons of shells and gunpowder exploded here and destroyed much of the building. A few years later, the castle was engulfed in a new fire, and in 2009 another part of the building collapsed.
Wreckage SS Ayrfield
Close to Sydney's Olympic Village, Homebush Bay, lies the wreckage of a 100-year-old ship surrounded by lush mangrove vegetation.
The wreck is 104 years old and weighs 1,140 tons, named Floating Forest, in local folklore. SS Ayrfield (also called SS Corrimal) was built in England in 1911.
The ship was sold in 1950, but recovered in 1972. Eventually, it fell into disrepair, becoming a popular tourist attraction.
25 miraculous natural phenomena that once you see - you will never forget
The fact that nature is the best artist has long been known to everyone. But in addition to stunningly beautiful and unusual plants and animals, she also created a lot of natural phenomena, the sight of which is simply breathtaking. Moreover, some of them can be observed only in a certain place or, for example, once a year.
The Eye of the Sahara, the Forest of Knives and other wonders of mother nature.
And since most of us, with all our desire, cannot visit all corners of the planet and see everything with our own eyes, we at 1Gai.ru have prepared a selection of the most amazing natural phenomena on Earth. We emphasize once again: a person has nothing to do with all these miracles (that is, they did not arise as a result of human activity), therefore they are called natural.
1. Light poles, Canada
This incredible phenomenon occurs when ice crystals are suspended in the air due to extreme cold. They then react with every light source around and create this stunning look.
2. Lenticular clouds
Lenticular clouds are amazing everywhere, but especially when they hang over the Mayon volcano crater in the Philippines!
It is said that lenticular (lenticular) clouds are mistaken for UFOs because many of them are in the shape of a "flying saucer". They don't usually form over low or flat terrain, so many people may have never seen them before and don't know they might exist.
3. Striped icebergs, Antarctica
When you think of Antarctica, white icebergs usually come to mind; probably the last thing you'd expect are colorful icebergs with blue, green, yellow and even brown stripes - and yet, that's exactly what you can see in some parts of Antarctica.
Different colors can form under different conditions, but generally speaking, they appear because certain layers of ice form under specific conditions.
For example, blue streaks are most common and appear when cracks fill with water and freeze so quickly that no bubbles form. Conditions change and part of the ice is deposited "normally" while other times it is deposited without bubbles, creating alternation.
The green appears because the freezing water is extremely rich in algae, hence the color. The brown, yellow and even black streaks are caused by sediment collected along the way as the ice sheet slid down the slope.
However, regardless of color, ice is deposited in different ways. Sometimes there is one color and one stripe, sometimes there are several color stripes.
4. Moonlight rainbow, Hawaii
Commonly known as lunar rainbows, they differ from regular rainbows in that they are created by the rays of the moon rather than the sun.
Aside from the difference in light source, their formation is the same as that of solar rainbows: they are caused by the refraction of light in many drops of water, such as a rainstorm or a waterfall, and are always located in the opposite part of the sky from the Moon relative to the observer.
Lunar rainbows are much fainter than solar rainbows due to less light reflected from the Moon's surface. Since the light is usually too weak to excite the cone color receptors in human eyes, it is difficult for the human eye to distinguish colors in the lunar rainbow. As a result, the lunar rainbow often appears white. However, its colors appear in long exposure photographs.
5. Rainbow Eucalyptus
When you look at them, it seems that they are painted with an artist's brush. Probably the only reason these trees exist is to be living works of art!
The rainbow eucalyptus is an evergreen tree with lance-shaped, silver-green leaves and clusters of tiny white flowers. Usually reaches a height of 60-75 m and has a trunk up to 2.4 m in diameter. The most stunning feature is the trunk, which grows iridescent bark in shades of green, blue, orange, red and purple. As it grows, the bark flakes off in strips, revealing new colors and patterns, and its beauty is constantly changing.
6. Bismuth crystals
Bismuth has a low melting point - 271°C. When it hardens, it expands to form crystals. Artificially grown bismuth crystals form the structure of a spiral staircase. This shape is due to the faster growth rate at the edges compared to the interior. Bismuth metal is a white-silver metal with a reddish-pinkish tint.
However, when oxidized, bismuth crystals acquire a bewitching iridescent color. The colors of the rainbow are due to the different thicknesses of the oxide layer formed on the surface of the crystal, causing light waves of different wavelengths to interfere with each other.
7. Lunar halo
The moon's halo, or lunar halo, is an optical illusion that causes the moon to be surrounded by a large, bright ring. This striking and often beautiful halo around the Moon is caused by the refraction of moonlight by ice crystals in the upper atmosphere.
Essentially, these suspended or falling pieces of ice mean that the atmosphere turns into a giant lens, causing arcs and halos to appear around the moon or sun, depending on whether the effect occurs at night or during the day, respectively.
The effect is so striking that it has given rise to much folklore and superstition, and has been used, not entirely unsuccessfully, to predict the onset of bad weather.
It looks like a huge eye, doesn't it?
8. Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
Most of these caves are found in Australia and New Zealand, although there is also a similar cave in Alabama. The most famous are the Waitomo Caves in New Zealand, formed over 30 million years ago.
9. Northern Lights
While the northern lights may seem like pure magic, they actually appear when electrically charged particles from the sun react with atoms in the upper atmosphere. Expect to see it on a frosty night!
And now a little more about the nature of the occurrence of this phenomenon. At any moment, the sun is ejecting charged particles from its corona or upper atmosphere, creating what is called the solar wind. When this wind collides with the Earth's ionosphere or the upper atmosphere, the aurora is born. In the Northern Hemisphere, this phenomenon is called the Northern Lights, and in the Southern Hemisphere, the Southern Lights.
These particles are deflected towards the Earth's poles by our planet's magnetic field and interact with our atmosphere, releasing energy and causing the atmosphere to fluoresce.
The bright colors of the northern lights are due to the chemical composition of the Earth's atmosphere.
10. Sky Mirror, Bolivia
This is the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world. The views there are quite surreal! The Salar de Uyuni is often referred to as the "Mirror of the Sky". It is so vast and bright white that American astronaut Neil Armstrong is said to have mistaken it for a huge glacier visible from space.
Total area 10,582 sq. km makes it the largest salt marsh in the world. In certain seasons, a thin layer of water turns the plains into a dazzling reflection of the sky. In addition, it also contains 50-70% of the world's known lithium reserves.
If you ever want to visit there, be prepared for altitude sickness as the Sky Mirror is over 3,600 meters above sea level. And if you plan to stay for a while, you need a lot of warm clothes and a sleeping bag, because at night the temperature drops sharply.
11. Dirty Thunderstorms of Sakurajima, Japan
A dirty thunderstorm is a rare and fearsome phenomenon caused by powerful volcanic eruptions. Lightning bolts shoot out from an erupting volcano in a dirty thunderstorm, making this one of the most terrifying yet breathtaking sights. More than 200 cases of volcanic lightning have been recorded over the past two centuries, but scientists still do not fully understand the dynamics of this unique phenomenon.
In recent years, volcanic activity has been reported over many volcanoes around the world, such as Mount Augustine in Alaska, Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland, and Taal in the Philippines. However, in the ash plume of Japan's Sakurajima volcano - one of the most active volcanoes in the world - volcanic lightning occurs more often than on any other volcano.
12. Desert roses
Despite its name, the desert rose is not a rose, but a rose-like gypsum mineral formation. They can be observed in arid sandy areas that are periodically flooded. They combine sand, salt and gypsum crystals.
These crystals form when water evaporates, and they are often prism-shaped that grow up to one meter. Crystals are affected by erosion, salt, sand, and other elements in the desert, giving them their petal shape. Larger crystals tend to contain more salt.
Desert roses often appear in clusters, making them look like a bouquet of flowers.
13. Fiery rainbow round-horizontal shape
When sunlight or moonlight is refracted by air ice crystals, icy halos are formed that mimic fiery rainbows.
14. Frozen ice bubbles, Canada
Methane bubbles form in bodies of water when dead organic matter (plants and animals) enters the water and sinks to the bottom, and bacteria living there feed on them. When they dissolve, methane gas is released, which rises to the surface in the form of bubbles, but turns into floating white bubbles when it comes into contact with frozen water and ice crystals.
The methane bubbles completely burst in the summer when they reach the surface, and the methane is released into the atmosphere, but in the winter, when the lake freezes, the ice traps the bubbles as they approach the surface.
Methane is produced in thousands of lakes across the Arctic, and as impressive as it sounds, it is fraught with future environmental problems as global temperatures rise and permafrost melts, allowing the material to thaw even further. This increases the release of methane into the Earth's atmosphere, which is of concern to climate scientists.
The fact is that methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, and it is about 25 times more efficient at capturing heat than carbon dioxide. Therefore, increasing its content will lead to higher levels of global warming.
15. Lake Hillier, Australia
We know from geography lessons that bodies of water are marked in blue on the map. But nature loves to be weird, as is the case with Lake Hillier in Western Australia.
With only 600 meters in length, it will not impress you either with its size or with the variety of fish that inhabit it. But it will amaze with its pink color. The reason for its unique color is still a topic that is not fully understood by scientists, although most suspect that this is due to the presence of Dunaliella salina microalgae.
The pink color of the lake is less pronounced when viewed from the surface, but very noticeable from above. However, unlike other pink lakes around the world, its water is still bright pink even when in a glass!
16. Marble Caves, Chile
These incredible caves took about 6,000 years to form and it was the waves that gave them these breathtaking shapes.
They are entirely of marble and are believed to have been "built" by the waters of the lake. One of the most amazing features of the marble caves is their ability to change color with the seasons. These color changes also depend on how high or low the water is because the colors of the marble are reflected off the water.
Visitors who visit in the spring will notice softer or darker blues compared to when the glaciers melt, with colors ranging from cobalt blue to white and pink. Chilean travel experts advise that the best time to visit the marble caves is from November to February, because the melting ice gives the pristine water an enchanting turquoise color.
17. Relief Danxia, China
Minerals are magical, as are their colors. Just look at this place!
These mountains are formed by red sandstones and conglomerates, mainly from the Cretaceous period. In simple words, a layer of several multi-colored sandstones and minerals remained compressed for more than 24 million years and turned into these mountains.
Due to its uniqueness, the Danxia Relief has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010.
18. Sand Waves, Arizona
The "waves" are intersecting patches of sandstone turned into rocks that used to be dunes in Arizona. Their age exceeds 190 million years. The dunes grow vertically and horizontally; over time, moderate erosion caused by wind and rain gives them an undulating appearance.
Many describe dune walking as a very strange experience, surreal and dizzying, or, in some cases, described as a drug-induced walking dream. Even though the stones have hardened, they are still susceptible to damage. Only 20 visitors a day can walk through the gorge; permits are required for this. They are issued through online lotteries and personal lotteries.
19. Great Blue Hole, Belize
This giant sinkhole off the coast of Belize formed during the last ice age when sea levels were much lower. The hole is circular, 318 m across and 124 m deep.
Its area is 70,650 square meters. In 2012, the Discovery Channel ranked the Great Blue Hole number one on their list of "The 10 Most Amazing Places on Earth". Not surprisingly, the hole attracts scuba divers from all over the world.
20. Blue Volcano, Indonesia
Although it seems completely otherworldly, the Kawah Ijen volcano is absolutely real! It acquires this color due to the large amount of sulfur dioxide - it shimmers blue when in contact with air at temperatures above 360 ° C.
In fact, this blue glow, uncharacteristic of a volcano, is not the lava itself.
Lava — molten rock that comes out of the ground at ultra-high temperatures — is not much different in color from the lava of other volcanoes, which differ slightly in their mineral composition, but are bright red or orange in their molten state. But in Kawah-Ijen, together with lava at high pressures and temperatures (sometimes exceeding 600 ° C), an extremely large amount of sulfur dioxide is released.
Under the influence of oxygen present in the air and ignited lava, sulfur burns easily, and its flame turns bright blue. There is so much sulfur there that at times it runs down the rock when it burns, giving the impression that blue lava is flowing down the side of the mountain. But because the blue is only the flame, and not itself, it is a cluster of about 40,000 interconnected basalt columns, formed as a result of the eruption of an ancient volcanic fissure. The tops of the columns form steps that lead from the foot of the cliff and disappear under the water.
21. Road of the Giants, Ireland
Most columns are hexagonal, although some have four, five, seven, or eight sides. The highest of them are about 12 meters high, and the thickness of the solidified lava in the rocks in some places is 28 meters.
It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland.
22. Cenote Angelita, underwater river, Mexico
Cenote Angelita (water-filled cave) is located on the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula. When fresh surface water meets open saline groundwater, an underwater river is formed. Different density levels in the two bodies of water cause them to stratify. The result is a breathtaking fusion of the two habitats.
Visiting this cave is not an easy task. The first 20 meters it is filled with clear water, and then it becomes more and more muddy. Diving into the cave takes place up to 55 meters below the surface, so it is considered suitable only for very experienced divers.
23. Vymeobrazny clouds
This magical cloud structure is an amazing sight that can usually be seen after a tornado.
Vymeobraznye clouds (they are also called mammatus, which means "chest cloud" because of the sacs hanging under the base of the cloud) have a specific cellular shape.
Cells are usually about half a kilometer in size, most often sharply defined, but sometimes with blurred edges. Their color is usually gray-blue, like the main cloud, but due to direct sunlight, they may appear golden or reddish.
24. Socotra Dragon Tree, Yemen
They must remember dinosaurs! This evergreen species is so named for its dark red resin, known as "dragon's blood".
The leaves of the dragon tree are found only at the ends of the youngest branches; all leaves are shed every 3 or 4 years before new ones appear at the same time. Its fruits are small, fleshy berries containing 1 to 4 seeds. As they develop, they change color from green to black, and when ripe they turn orange.
25. Waterfall of eternal fire
This is not entirely natural: a small waterfall in upstate New York, near the Canadian border, is fraught with a significant surprise - a fiery stream 0.2 meters high.
Behind the waterfall, there was a natural gas leak that fuels the flames. Although tourists relight it if they notice it has gone out, it is protected enough by the falls to remain constantly lit.
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20 abandoned places that enchant with their detachment and unique atmosphere
Many people have a passion for how they like to walk in abandoned places that have long been abandoned by man and taken into their "hands" by nature. These places keep a special atmosphere that attracts and repels at the same time, and now you will see for yourself.
It looks like an eerie abandoned church and a scary gingerbread house at the same time.
"I was in Vietnam and stumbled upon a long-forgotten burial carriage in an overgrown barn."
Traces of an alien civilization, which are actually abandoned anti-aircraft installations during the Second World War
Largest abandoned teddy bear store found in Pennsylvania
Abandoned Russian Church
Abandoned residential complex in Turkey
Abandoned apartment covered with snow and ice, Vorkuta, Russia
Bus stop in Kazakhstan
Abandoned Gothic Church in Portugal
Tower of Saint John the Baptist, Italy
Water tower in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Abandoned house in Watsonville, California
Cemetery of Soviet military aircraft
The last house on Holland Island
It was once someone's home
Abandoned British Colonial Island, India. The buildings here now have trees
An entire abandoned island in Japan
Somewhere in Scotland
Abandoned amusement park in Nara prefecture, Japan
40 years later in the same place. Someone's childhood is left here. Pripyat, Ukraine
25 unlucky girls who managed to get stuck in strange places in the most ridiculous way
Women are truly magical creatures. They are beautiful, kind and apparently have a rare ability to get stuck in all sorts of places. Of course, this is not a property to be proud of, but it makes them unique, and it’s ridiculous in the end. Today we want to show you 25 photos of unlucky girls who managed to get stuck in the strangest places and in the most ridiculous way.
Swings, strollers and exhaust pipes - we think of these places in which they are stuck enough to spark your interest
The American swing is one of the most popular places to get stuck
And again the treacherous swing
We hope her leg just slipped there, with which we also hope everything is in order
So who threw the girl in the ring?
Is it just us, or is it a girl folded in half?
Whatever kind of swing is, they still manage to get stuck in it
Getting stuck in a fence is a classic
And they say that if the head passes, then everything will pass
She hardly does push-ups
Asian legs are so thin ..
How? What for? Why?
Don't even try to understand. It defies logic
The American rescuers must hate the swing fiercely.
The car got stuck and she went with it
I wanted to joke, and suddenly she was not up to jokes
No wonder it is written that this is a children's cart
This girl also decided to remember her childhood.
How did it end up with its bottom in the refrigerator?
Another attack of the predatory drain
A girl walks, sees two walls standing close to each other. Stuck my leg and got stuck
A chair that does not forgive mistakes
These drains know no mercy
After watching so many cases, what do you think a girl will do immediately when she comes to the beach?
Ну конечно же застрянет..