In the modern world everything happens very quickly. Some cities grow and develop at a record speed and other are abandoned and emptied with the same speed.
Great.guru has collected pictures of abandoned places for various reasons and circumstances.
Argentiera is a former mining town. Its name comes from the word “argentum”, silver. The extraction of this metal began here in the days of the romans and the phoenicians. The best period of extraction of silver in these mines was in the years ’40 of the TWENTIETH century. Then followed the decline and in 1963, the mine was finally closed.
This quarter in Famagusta was a popular tourist destination prior to the Turkish invasion in 1974. The reason why Varosha is still a ghost town is the resolution number 550 of the Security Council of the UN adopted in 1984, which states: “the attempts of settlement in any part of Varosha by any person other than its inhabitants is inadmissible”.
Quinta da Regaleira, Portugal
“Well initiatory” is located in the palace, Quinta da Regaleira, where you can see a variety of whims architectural. 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
Grytviken is the administrative centre of the British Overseas Territory. In 1904 he built here the first whaling in the Antarctic. At the base abandoned, there is a church, which is the only building that has preserved its destination original. The last ceremony of marriage in this church took place on 18 November 2009.
In June 1944, a company of SS troops destroyed the village of Oradour-sur-Glane. As a result of the attack, 642 villagers were killed. After the war, the French president announced that it was not necessary to carry out restoration work. Agree with its decision, the village had become a monument to the cruelty of the nazi occupation.
Cape Romano, USA
The house in the form of several domes and was built in 1980. After a while, the ground beneath her began to migrate, since the building was located on the sandy coast. In 2005, the new owner wanted to renovate the house, but could not due to the new resolution of the government of the island. Now nobody lives in the house and she continues moving towards the ocean.
In July of 1995, after a series of powerful eruptions of the volcano Soufriere Hills, the lava and ash covered a large area in the south of Montserrat, including Plymouth. In August, a city with a population of around 4 thousand people was covered by the ashes, and in December, neighbors were evacuated.
Spinalonga is a Greek island located in the eastern part of Crete. In 1669, Crete was taken by the Ottoman Empire. To expel the turks, the greeks collected all the lepers and sent them to the island. Fearful of the infection, the turks abandoned the island. Today, the main center of attraction of the tourists who visit the island are the ruins of a fortress that was once impregnable.
The amusement park Spree was inaugurated in 1969 in Berlin and worked well until 1989. Then it was bought by the company Spreepark Berlin GmbH and began to develop actively. It was later discovered that the assets of the founder of the company were questionable and the park was buried in debt in the millions. In 2001, the Spree was declared bankrupt and finally emptied.
Ağdam, the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh/Azerbaijan
Ağdam is a settlement in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. During the War of Nagorno-Karabakh in 1993, the city was subjected to bombardment of artillery. According to the human rights organization Human Rights Watch, after the decision, Ağdam was looted and burned, according to them it was a plan well organized by the authorities of Karabakh.
Hashima is an island in the East Sea of China where coal was mined in mines that reached up to 600 meters of depth. In the decade of 1940, the Mitsubishi Corporation led to the chinese and koreans to do forced labour. For many years the island was virtually the most populous place in the world: 5,259 people per square kilometer. In 1974, all the mines were closed and the island was abandoned.
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