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Craco, Italy (Top 10 Interesting Abandoned Places)

February 10th, 2014 § in Others
Craco is located in the Region of Basilicata and the Province of Matera. About 25 miles inland from the Gulf of Taranto at the instep of the “boot” of Italy. This medieval town is typical of those in the area, built up with long undulating hills all around that allow for the farming of wheat and other crops. Craco can be dated back to 1060 when the land was in the ownership of Archbishop Arnaldo, Bishop of Tricarico. This long-standing relationshop with the Church had much influence over the inhabitants throughout the ages. In 1891, the population of Craco stood at well over 2,000 people. Though there had been many problems, with poor agricultural conditions creating ...

Bodie, California (Top 10 Interesting Abandoned Places)

February 10th, 2014 § in Others

Founded in 1876, Bodie is the authentic American ghost town. It started life as a small mining settlement, though found even more fortune from nearby mines that attracted thousands. By 1880 Bodie boasted a population of almost 10,000 – such was the boom. At its peak, 65 saloons[...]

San Zhi, Taiwan (Top 10 Interesting Abandoned Places)

February 10th, 2014 § in Others

More of a modern choice this time. Below is an abandoned City in the North of Taiwan. In the area of ‘San Zhi’, this futuristic pod village was initially built as a luxury vacation retreat for the rich. However, after numerous fatal accidents during construction, production w[...]

Varosha, Cyprus (Top 10 Interesting Abandoned Places)

February 10th, 2014 § in Others

Varosha is in the Turkish occupied city of Famagusta in Cyprus. It was previously a modern tourist area, and flowered into one of the most luxurious holiday destinations. In the year of 1974 however, the Turkish invaded Cyprus and tore up the island. Citizens fled, expecting to b[...]

Gunkanjima, Japan (Top 10 Interesting Abandoned Places)

February 10th, 2014 § in Others

Hashima Island (??; meaning Border Island) is one among 505 uninhabited islands in the Nagasaki Prefecture of Japan about 15 kilometers from Nagasaki itself. It is also known as “Gunkan-jima” or Battleship Island thanks to its high sea walls. It began in 1890 when a company c[...]

Balestrino, Italy (Top 10 Interesting Abandoned Places)

February 10th, 2014 § in Others

Balestrino is quite a strange case in that it was extremely difficult to find any decent information on it. At least on the abandonment itself. No one is quite sure when the town was established, though records date back to before the eleventh century – when Balestrino was owne[...]

Katoli World, Taiwan (Top 10 Interesting Abandoned Places)

February 10th, 2014 § in Others

I thought I would break out of the abandoned residential mould and look at something inspired by Miyazaki’s Oscar winning ‘Spirited Away’. Those who have seen it will know that the family stumbles across an old theme park at the start of the movie, one that was built in the[...]

Centralia, Pennsylvania (Top 10 Interesting Abandoned Places)

February 10th, 2014 § in Others

Johnathan Faust opened Bull’s Head Tavern in Centralia in 1841, and Centralia was incorporated as a borough in 1866. The anthracite coal industry was the principal employer in the community until the 1960s, when most of the companies went out of business. An exposed vein of coa[...]

Yashima, Japan (Top 10 Interesting Abandoned Places)

February 10th, 2014 § in Others

Yashima is an imposing plateau to the northeast of Takamatsu, the second largest city on Shikoku – which is one of Japan’s major islands. This plateau stretches out to sea, and can be seen in the fifth photo below. It is the site of a famous battle that took place on 22nd Mar[...]

Pripyat, Ukraine (Top 10 Interesting Abandoned Places)

February 10th, 2014 § in Others

Pripyat is an abandoned city in the Zone of alienation in northern Ukraine, Kiev Oblast, near the border with Belarus. The city population had been around 50,000 – and had been home to most of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers. Then the Chernobyl disaster struck in 1986[...]

Shamdeo (10 Modern Cases of Feral Children)

February 9th, 2014 § in Others

In May 1972, a boy aged about four was discovered in the forest of Musafirkhana, about 20 miles from Sultanpur. The boy was playing with wolf cubs. He had very dark skin, long hooked fingernails, matted hair and calluses on his palms, elbows and knees. He shared several character[...]