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By: - at September 3, 2013

Top 10 Most Creepiest Abandoned Places in the World

haunted houseAbandoned places are creepy, and full of charm as well as mystery. They are filled with the silence and the dark reach of their histories, which are embedded into the buildings, streets, and other structures that make up our list of the most creepiest places in the world. Some of these terrifying places were rendered scary by human-caused disasters or errors - some being supposedly supernatural, and others being just simply weird. They can look creepy, but they will definitely entertain anybody who is interested in ghostly, or occult history. Around the world, abandoned locales have some history that is worth knowing, and some strange vibrations and reverberations that are worth experiencing. Deserted places are also popularly known as ghost towns. There are many abandoned places scattered all over the world. I have listed the top 10 creepiest abandoned places below:


10)  Bodie, California  (Abandoned around 1950)
Located in California, Bodie was a prosperous city with a population of about 10,000 people during the old gold rush days. It was founded in 1876 and soon became a booming mining town because of its profitable gold trade.

Abandoned Church in Bodie, California
Abandoned Church in Bodie, California
By Mispahn from Hamburg, Germany (Bodie Ghost town / Mono Lake, November 2009) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

But when the gold ran out, all of the residents left the city. Today, you will find some homes in Bodie even stocked with goods. Bodie is a perfect example of what an authentic American ghost town used to be in the nineteenth century, with bar-room brawls, and open fights in the middle of nowhere.

Sawmill in the Abandoned Mining Town of Bodie, California
Sawmill in the Abandoned Mining Town of Bodie, California
By Daniel Mayer (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Today it is a scary place that people want to bypass. This abandoned city is located on highway 270, and is maintained by California state parks, who built a museum that offer daily tours of the ghost town.


9)  Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Cambodia  (Turned historical museum in 1980)
This is not a town but a museum which is the site of one of the scariest genocides in history. It is alleged that this creepy place was used by the Khmer Rouge rulers in Vietnam to slaughter thousands of innocents because of their own political beliefs.

Prison Building at Tuol Sleng
Prison Building at Tuol Sleng
By Paul Mannix [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Located on a hill called “Tuol Sleng,” which translates as “Strychnine Hill.” This museum was a prison and death camp that many claim to be notoriously haunted by the ghosts of the thousands of innocent people who were put to death during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. The people were said to be viciously tortured by having their internal organs removed without anesthesia and even skinned alive before they embraced a most likely, extremely cruel, death.

Cell Doors at Tuol Sleng
Cell Doors at Tuol Sleng
By Paul Mannix [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Many people believe that the restless spirits of the tortured and slaughtered souls are trapped inside this building and haunt to those who are sensitive, or not brave enough to enter.


8)  Varosha, Farmagusta, Cyprus  (Abandoned since 1974)
If you want to see how a human-caused disaster can completely ruin a place, then save up your vacation funds for this deserted, but once beautiful city of Cyprus. Varosha is not only the number one visitor spot to visit in Cyprus, but it also used to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world during the early 1970s.

What is Left of the City of Cyprus
What is Left of the City of Cyprus
By Dickelbers (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Today, Varosha has an array of empty modern hotels and high-rise buildings. The streets are deserted, and the buildings are falling apart from decay as well as neglect.

An Abandoned Church in Famagusta, Varosha, Cyprus
An Abandoned Church in Famagusta, Varosha, Cyprus
By Dickelbers (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The reason why the city is abandoned is due to the conflict that erupted between the Greek and Turkish forces in 1974 over the control of this beautiful Mediterranean Island country. Because of the magnitude of the conflict, the region is still divided into two parts similar to East and West Berlin following World War II. One region is still technically controlled by Turkey, while the other is sovereign Greek soil. 


7)  Helltown, Ohio  (Abandoned since 1974)
This is the number one ghost town in the United States, which came into being in 1806. The small village, then called Boston, was founded in Ohio’s Summit County and prospered until 1974 when U.S. president Gerald Ford signed a bill giving authorization to turn this area into a national park. Today the region is encapsulated within the boundaries of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which is an area that covers most of northern Summit County, Ohio. Today a small town directly next to where Helltown sits is now called Boston Heights, OH and the area Boston Township. 

Many Claim that Satanists Used to Worship in Helltown, OH
Many Claim that Satanists Used to Worship in "Helltown", OH

But then something very weird happened… The parks service bought all the houses in the area and boarded them up.

Many Areas of Hell Town Are Isolated Today Because of Cuyahoga Valley National Park Gates
Many Areas of Hell Town Are Isolated Today Because of Cuyahoga Valley National Park Gates

The town was deserted in the middle of nowhere. The place was named “Helltown,” as all kinds of terrifying things began to happen, such as: mysterious toxic waste spills, tales of Satanist sacrifices and escaped mental patients wandering through the woods.


6)  Oradour-sur-Glane, France  (Abandoned since 1944)
This small village still remains a witness of the atrocity of war. The town in France was invaded by German soldiers and completely destroyed.

Ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane, France
Ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane, France

To date, the burning cars and houses have remained frozen in time ever since. This town reminds people to remember those who lost their lives on June 10, 1944.

Destroyed Cars Among the Ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane, France
Destroyed Cars Among the Ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane, France

All tourists are asked to remain silent while walking the empty and melancholic streets to show their honor.





5)  Craco, Basilicata, Italy  (Abandoned since 1963)
Craco is a city built on a rocky summit, located in the region of Basilicata (the province of Matera). It was purposely built on a rocky peak in order to repel any invaders.

Abandoned Village of Craco, Basilicata, Italy
Abandoned Village of Craco, Italy

Its setting on a cliff made it vulnerable to earthquakes and landslides, which is what eventually caused the place to become abandoned.

Inside the Walls of Craco, Basilicata, Italy
Inside the Walls of Craco, Basilicata, Italy

People left and moved to lower land. Today, the empty town is a great place for exploration. There are also a number of interesting old churches left standing in the city.


4)  Gunkanjima, Japan  (Abandoned since 1974)
Gunkanjima is a forbidden island off the coast of Nagasaki. The Mitsubishi Company bought this island in 1890 during the industrial revolution in Japan to explore coal under the sea. Gunkanjima means “Warship Island” in Japanese.

"Warship Island" - Gunkanjima, Japan
"Warship Island" - Gunkanjima, Japan

It was the home to the first large concrete buildings in Japan. The entire island was surrounded by a high concrete wall to protect residents and properties from typhoons. The city flourished, as mining continued for nearly a century.

Block 65 on Gunkanjima
Block 65 on Gunkanjima
By Jordy Meow (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

When oil began to replace coal, Gunkanjima eventually stopped the machines for mining in 1974 and the population was moved away. During the best period of the island, nearly 5,000 households lived on less than six acres of land. Today, the city has ruined buildings, apartments, shops and streets. The city was opened in 2009 for tourists.


3)  Kolmanskop, Namibia  (Abandoned since 1954)
Once a famous town built by Germans at the beginning of the 20th century, Kolmanskop became a ghost town in 1954. Instead of homeowners inviting guests over, this deserted town now only welcomes sand. The story goes like this: When diamonds were found south of the desert in Namibia (early 20th century), people from around the world headed to the sandy dunes for a better way of life.

Inside One of the Houses at Kolmanskop, Namibia
Inside One of the Houses at Kolmanskop, Namibia

This place became home to more than 700 families. The town had a hospital, bakery, theatre, pools, a casino, and the first tram system that was ever built in Africa.

Decrepit Buildings That Make Up What is Left of Komanskop, Namibia
Decrepit Buildings That Make Up What is Left of Komanskop, Namibia
Joachim Huber [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

After World War II sales declined in the town, and it had a severe impact on the economy and lives of the people who lived in Kolmanskop. The discovery of larger deposits of diamonds in other places eventually caused the ultimate demise of the town. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction.


2)  San Zhi, Taipei, Taiwan  (Abandoned since 1980)
The capital of Taiwan, San Zhi, is one of the most haunted locations in the world. It is located north of Taipei. San Zhi was originally a resort center for the U.S. troops stationed in Taiwan. However, the community living there had difficulties right from the beginning.

UFO Style Housing in San Zhi, Taiwan
UFO Style Housing in San Zhi, Taiwan

Many project workers perished in traffic and from other unusual accidents. It is believed that 20 people died during construction work.

Inside These Abandoned Residential "Spaceships"
Inside These Abandoned Residential "Spaceships"

Some people speculated that the site for the resort center was built on a Dutch cemetery, and this was the reason for magnitude of supernatural phenomenon. Other people believe that the accidents happened due to a dragon statue that was destroyed during the construction. This place never welcomed the first comer, and eventually the stillborn project was abandoned. It is believed that the entire place is filled with the ghosts of workers who lost their lives in unusual ways.


1)  Pripyat, Ukraine  (Abandoned since 1986)
Pripyat, 100 km away from Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is the most famous abandoned city in the world. It was deserted following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that occurred in 1986.

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, Ukraine
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, Ukraine

The city had a population of about 50,000 people before the horrific nuclear events that took place. Most of the people living in the city were workers who at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Chernobyl and Pripyat, Ukraine - Check Out Their Proximity!
Chernobyl and Pripyat, Ukraine - Check Out Their Proximity!

It was a town with active life, but soon after the nuclear disaster all the residents left. It became extremely unfit for human habitation, and will remain unsafe to begin any kind of settlement for years to come.

Inside a Residential Building Within the So-called Lost City of Pripyat, Ukraine
Inside a Residential Building Within the So-called Lost City of Pripyat, Ukraine

Today, the buildings remain empty and the streets are deserted, but trees have grown. Wolves hunt among the abandoned apartments and boars search for food in the amusement park. Pripyan and its environment will not be safe for people to live in for centuries to come because of the environmental disaster caused by human errors.

Bumper Cars - Pripyan, Ukraine
Bumper Cars - Pripyan, Ukraine

What was a fully-functional, active city with a railway station, 10 gymnasiums, 10 shooting galleries, three indoor-swimming pools, an amusement park, and numerous playgrounds, is now a ghost city.

Inside Chernobyl Hospital - Infant's Room
Inside Chernobyl Hospital - Infant's Room


Why Some Places Become Abandoned?
Throughout recorded history, humans have built houses, buildings, streets and cities. Some of these places were abandoned due to relocation of resources and some cities had to be left due to wars or human error. Some were also deserted because of myths, or natural calamities. Over time, some places die because people leave. The streets go quiet and the isolation takes on the frightening shape of forlorn ghost towns. The story that these ghost towns carry will forever be embedded in the lost homes, abandoned buildings and empty streets.

Conclusion
The world is a beautiful place but it can also be horrifying as there are some seriously creepy locations in different parts of the world. Whatever the cause may be, abandoned places look scary and isolated. Yet, the history that they carry will entertain you. They lurk in the shadows of modern civilization, without a future.


 

 

 

 

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