The more we learn about the world, the more bizarre it seems to us. Nature has its own ways to explain its superiority over us. Mortality is the most used weapon by nature. But wait! Are only living beings mortal? Nope, towns and cities have been seen being mortal too. Here, is a list of 10 such strange abandoned places in the world that were once prosperous and now they lie abandoned and haunted.
10 Strange Abandoned Places In The World
1. Kolmanskop, Namibia
Kolmanskop is located near the port of Lüderitz, Namibia. It was a German architecture influenced town developed for mining diamonds during the Diamond Rush of 1908. The village had amenities like houses, schools, hospitals, casino, skittle alley, ballroom, ice factory etc. After the First World War, the diamond fields were exhausted and the town was abandoned in 1950. What lie here, at present, are just bailed out buildings, filled with sand dunes.
2. Craco, Italy
The hill town located in southern Italy was once prosperous and lively. But due to a series of events like a landslide in 1963, floods in 1972 and an earthquake in 1980, the town is uninhabited now. Though the town is in ruins, it is used for filming locations sometimes. The place appeared in Quantum of Solace and The Passion of the Christ.
3. Varosha, Cyprus
Varosha was once a beachfront resort district, in the Cypriot city of Famagusta. The place was full of gaudiness and glamour. But after the Turks invaded Cyprus, in 1974, almost 15,000 residents evacuated the place. Now, it lies rotting and unused.
4. Wittenoom, Australia
The prosperous town of Wittenoom was once well-known for its Asbestos mines. The town which is situated in Pilbara region of Western Australia is now almost extinct from the World map, due to a restriction imposed by the government to visit the town. The reason behind this is exposure to asbestos fibres that can cause fatal diseases. After 23 years of booming business, the mine was shut down in 1966. But in 1978, severe actions were taken to relocate the residents.
5. Picher, Okla
It was once a powerhouse of lead and zinc mining. Problems started showing up in late 1960s when water in the creek turned red, sinkholes began to develop and expand in the earth and number of cancer patients kept increasing in the town. The mines were closed down and the city was declared a part of The Tar Creek Superfund Site, in 1983. Still hundreds of the residents didn’t evacuate the town until 2008 when Picher was struck by a massive tornado. In 2009, the town of Picher was closed forever.
6. Strange Abandoned Places In The World: St. Kilda, Scotland
St. Kilda is a 64 Km long archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean. It was established in the Bronze age and had an immense supply of barley and sheep. So the inhabitants of the town did not rely on any outside products to carry on their lives. But the whole scenario changed due to tourism and the First World War when people came in frequent contacts with the outsiders. Soon the land became contaminated due to artificial manures, crop production failed in succession and diseases spread. Soon St. Kilda was abandoned by its inhabitants and now it is declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
7. Oradour-Sur-Glane, France
It was once a beautiful little village, in Haute Vienna, in the Nazi-occupied France. In 1944, 642 resident villagers were massacred by the Nazi soldiers t o teach them a lesson that they should not have supported the French Resistance. After the war, a decision was made for neither demolishing nor rebuilding the village. Now, the place is spooky and lifeless.
8. San Zhi, Taiwan
San Zhi, a Pod City, in Taiwan was designed to become a holiday resort for the US military officers, in 1978. The houses appeared futuristic like UFO discs. According to locals, the construction of the Pod City was done on a Dutch burial ground. After the number of mysterious deaths, including accidents and suicides, the place was abandoned in 1980. The Pods were demolished by the government to build a new water park.
9. Centralia, Pennsylvania
In 1962, the residents of the town burnt some trash that was next to the unused mine in the region. Accidentally, an open vein of anthracite coal was also set to fire and the fire spread underneath the whole town. In 1981, a 12-year-old boy fell in the burning sinkhole, in the backyard of his grandma’s home. This incident triggered the evacuation of the town. Centralia once had a population of 3000 and now has only 10 residents. The fire is estimated to burn for 250 years more.
10. Prypiat, Ukraine
Prypiat was built in 1970 to house the workers of the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station. It had a population of about 50,000 and a well-established infrastructure. But the town was abandoned live in ruins after the infamous and deadly disaster of the Chernobyl Reactor, in 1986.