Scary Abandoned Cities That Will Haunt Your Dreams

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For one reason or another, some cities die. Some are abandoned because they become uninhabitable. Others because they no longer have a use. These are cities that have been left to rot.

Sanzhi district, New Taipei, Taiwan

Sanzhi was designed as a resort catering to U.S. servicemen, but close to 20 people died during construction. Many blamed the deaths on supernatural causes and the resort city never opened.

Scary Abandoned Cities That Will Haunt Your Dreams

Oradour-sur-Glane, France

Oradour-sur-Glane was destroyed by the Nazis in 1944. They killed 642 inhabitants, including women and children, leaving only one survivor.

Scary Abandoned Cities That Will Haunt Your Dreams

Quneitra, Syria

Quneitra is the victim of two separate wars between the Syrians and Israelis. It was captured by Israel in 1967 and then recaptured briefly by Syria in 1974, before the Israelis destroyed it.

Scary Abandoned Cities That Will Haunt Your Dreams

Centralia, Pennsylvania

In 1962, a fire broke out in Centralia’s landfill that spread to the coal mine beneath the city and the fire has been burning ever since. Today, the road to the town is blocked off and smoke still seems out from the cracks in the roads.

Scary Abandoned Cities That Will Haunt Your Dreams

Phnom Bokor, Kampot Province, Cambodia

Phnom Bokor was a resort town built by the French as a respite from the Cambodian summers. The resort was abandoned in the 1940s, but the area is now home to a national park.

Scary Abandoned Cities That Will Haunt Your Dreams

Bodie, California

A true American ghost town, Bodie was a gold mining town in the Sierra Nevadas that was once one of the largest in California. It reached its peak in the 1880s and was finally deserted in 1942.

Scary Abandoned Cities That Will Haunt Your Dreams

Varosha, Cyprus

Once a popular tourist destination, Varosha was abandoned in 1974 when the Turkish Army invaded. Tourists and inhabitants alike left for fear of being slaughtered by the Turks.

Scary Abandoned Cities That Will Haunt Your Dreams

Kolmanskop, Namibia

Kolmanskop was founded by Germany in 1908 after they found diamonds in the area. After WWI, the diamonds were nearly gone and the last residents left in 1954. It is now literally being swallowed by the desert.

Scary Abandoned Cities That Will Haunt Your Dreams

Pyramiden, Svalbard, Norway

Pyramiden was a coal-mining town founded by Sweden in 1910, but sold to Russia in 1927. Shuttered in 1998, it’s still home to northern-most statue of Lenin in the world.

Scary Abandoned Cities That Will Haunt Your Dreams

Hashima Island, Nagasaki, Japan

Also called Battleship Island, this settlement was built by the Mitsubishi Company around large coal deposits. After almost a century of mining, the deposit dried up in 1974 and so did the city.

Scary Abandoned Cities That Will Haunt Your Dreams


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