It doesn’t matter how beautiful are the new tourist destinations, those that are curious will always go to visit some historical places, and when those are abandoned and not touched by the human hand for a long time, they become a mysterious riddles.
1. Pripyat, Ukraine
Prypiat (Ukraine) was founded in 1970 to house the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers, officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and was abandoned in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster. Its population had been around 50,000 before the nuclear accident and has now been abandoned for 25 years. It is believed that it will take nearly 300 years before much of the radiation is gone and it will not be possible for humans to safely live in the exclusion zone for well over a thousand years. The Chernobyl disaster froze the Soviet Union’s city of the future in time. Within 36 hours the entire city of Pripyat was evacuated leaving the city in a zombie state.
It’s pretty amazing how mother nature takes it back what’s her. Step by step all buildings are dissapearing in forest.
2. Sanzhi District, Taiwan
The “Sanzhi UFO houses” were a major development project for some pretty unusual-looking vacation homes, which was abandoned in 1978 before it could be completed. The site was demolished in 2008, and is now being redeveloped.
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3. Oradour-sur-Glane, France
Oradour-sur-Glane was a village destroyed by a German military unit in 1944, killing 642 of its inhabitants. Although a new village was built nearby to replace it, today the original village stands as a memorial.
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4. Kolmanskop, Namibia
Formerly a bustling diamond mining town, after the market declined, inhabitants began leaving the town after WWI; by 1954, it was completely deserted. As it was an enclave for German colonialists for many years, the architecture is not only out of place, but its abandonment enhances it even more.
5. Varosha, Cyprus
In Cyprus, deserted houses and streets are seen in the town of Varosha, in northern Cyprus. Varosha was a popular seaside resort until the Turkish invasion in 1974. It lies between the Turkish Cypriot north of the island and the Greek Cypriot south.
And in South Tyro in Northern Italy sightseers gather where the village of Graun once stood. Now just a church tower can be seen sticking out of the partially frozen Lake Reschen reservoir.