Shattered windows, graffiti-splashed walls, overgrown rooms: there’s something truly unsettling about buildings and landmarks that have been abandoned to the whims of nature and human vandalism. For urban explorers and fans of obscure history alike, there’s immense joy to be had in tracking them down and learning all about their past.
Perhaps they were deserted because of natural disaster, or war, or political change. Perhaps it was something as banal as legal trouble or financial mismanagement. Either way, these structures around the world that, for whatever reason, someone at one point decided were no longer needed.
Some such buildings have bleak backstories to match their chilling image. But in actual fact, it’s often more prosaic buildings such as churches, hospitals and schools that assume the spookiest atmosphere when all the humans up sticks and nature begins to take over. No doubt it’s because they were once so brilliantly full of life.