That all changed in one moment.
In today’s world everything happens very quickly: some cities are growing and developing at record speed, the other just as quickly be abandoned and empty.
We bring you pictures of places that were abandoned by people for a variety of reasons and circumstances.
Argentiera is a former mining town. Its name comes from the word “argento” — silver. Silver mining started here in the era of the Romans and the Phoenicians. The best period of the mining of silver ore in these mines occurred in the 40-ies of the twentieth century. Then came the recession, and in 1963 the mine was finally closed.
This quarter in Famagusta was a popular tourist destination before the Turkish invasion in 1974. The reason why Varosha is still a Ghost town, adopted in 1984, resolution No. 550 of the UN security Council, which States: “Attempts of colonization of any part of Varosha quarter by anyone other than its inhabitants is unacceptable.”
QUINTA da regaleira, Portugal
“The well of initiation” is located in the Palace and Park complex QUINTA da regaleira, where you can see a variety of architectural whims. The legend says that the 9 levels of the well symbolize the 9 circles of hell. In the past it was assumed that the place was used for religious ceremonies of the Masonic fraternity.
Grytviken, South Georgia and the South sandwich Islands
Grytviken is the administrative center of the British overseas territory. In 1904 there was built the first whaling base in the Antarctic. The abandoned station is the Church, which is the only preserved original value of the building. The last ceremony in this Church took place on 18 November 2009.
In June 1944, a company of the Waffen SS destroyed the village of Oradour-sur-Glane. The attack killed 642 villagers. After the war, the French President announced that there is no need to carry out remedial work: in his decision, the village had to remain a monument of the cruelty of the Nazi occupation.
Cape Romano, USA
House shaped multiple domes was built in 1980. After a while, the ground beneath him began to migrate: the building was located on the sandy coast. In 2005, the new owner planned to renovate the house, but could not because of the new decrees of the government of the island. Now the house nobody lives, and it continues to shift in the ocean.
In July 1995, after a series of powerful eruptions of the volcano Soufriere hills lava and ash covered a large space in southern Montserrat, including Plymouth. In August, the city has a population of nearly 4 million people fell to ash, and in December residents were evacuated.
Spinalonga, the Greek island located in the Eastern part of Crete. In 1669 Crete was conquered by the Ottoman Empire. To drive away the Turks, the Greeks gathered all of the lepers and sent to the island. Fearing contagion, the Turks left the island. Today the main target of tourists on the island are the ruins of the once impregnable fortress.
Amusement Park spree was opened in 1969 in Berlin and worked well until 1989. Then it was bought by Spreepark Berlin GmbH and began to develop. It was later revealed that the assets of the founder of the firm is questionable, and the Park is mired in millions of debt. In 2001, spree went bankrupt and was completely empty.
Agdam, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic / Azerbaijan
Agdam settlement in Lowland Karabakh. During the Karabakh war in 1993, the city was subject to bombardment from the artillery. According to the human rights organization Human Rights Watch, after the capture of Agdam was looted and burned that, as they say, was a well-organized plan of the Karabakh authorities.
Hashima island in the East China sea, where there was coal mining in the mines, reaching a depth of 600 meters. 40 years of Mitsubishi Corporation brought the Chinese and Koreans for forced labor. For many years the island was almost the most densely populated place on earth — 5 of 259 people per 1 sq. km In 1974, all the mines were closed, and the island was left abandoned.
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