Prepare to be amazed: 30 breathtaking images of abandoned places


There are places on Earth where time seems to have stopped, almost as if certain areas are under a mysterious spell, suspended in a bubble where time has taken a pause.

When seeing these images, I get the notion that no matter how lonely and weak these places may seem, they offer an unprecedented view into our past, while maintaining a sense of reality, and telling their story as proud ‘statues’ that were once teeming with life in an open-air museum maintained by mother nature.

In this article, we’ve gathered 30 amazing images of places all around the world that tell a story like no other article. Courtesy of itsabandoned.

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Stunning view of an abandoned 747

This image shows an abandoned 747, imagine living inside one!

Shipwreck near Canada

A stunning view of a shipwreck located off the coast of Canda.

Small shipwreck near Tobermory, Canada | Photo byWarren Lo

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An Abandoned Bug

This image shows us a stunning yet abandoned bug in Lagoon Beach, Milnerton, South Africa.

Abandoned house under the stars

Who wouldn’t want to live here?

Leshang Giant Buddha

Definitely one of my favorites.

A Castle under the stars

When ancient and future join. Spain.

Cielos Manchegos, Spain. Photo by César Vega.

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The windows to the stars

What a perfect image captured in the ghost town of Belchite in the Spanish province of Aragon.

Nature taking over

When nature takes what belongs to it.

Initiation Well in Sintra, Portugal. Photo by @matthias_haker

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Water on land

Seen here are the ruins of an Estonian Prison.

All out of fish

An amazing image of the abandoned fishing village at the mouth of the Yangtze River on Gouqi island in China.

An ancient Great Wall

Here’s one you don’t see every day, an overgrown section of the Great Wall of China.

Pride of America

A photograph of the abandoned wreckage of the SS America.

Wreck of the SS America РThis ship was originally supposed to be a symbol of American pride and industry. Launched in 1939, the ship quickly became involved in the Pacific War between America and Japan. After the war, the SS America became a cruise liner. When the United States witnessed a wave of new cruise ships, the America was no longer considered top-class and slowly but surely became less popular in U.S. culture. Eventually, the ship was being sold to businessmen in Thailand, when it was caught in a thunderstorm and the lines between the tow-boats and the Ship were severed. Drifting out to sea, the ship made landfall in Fuerteventura, and still resides there today | Photography by Pedro López Batista

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Waterfall on stairs

Location: unknown. Photograph: stunning.

Forgotten stairs, now a waterfall | Location unknown.

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An abandoned city

The city of Pripyat was once home to more than 50,000 people.

Geometric beauty

A stunning spiral stairway in Poland.

The other side of Utah

Abandoned Paria townsite.

Paria Townsite, Utah #GhostTown

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A Castle in Ruins

The Flossenb√ľrg castle’s ruins.

Flossenb√ľrg castle's ruins | Photo by Kilian Sch√∂nberger

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A Private Castle

A place worth visiting?

Private lake with a small abandoned castle in Sintra, Portugal

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Invasion of Sand dunes

An abandoned city in Southern Namibia.

Whitby Abbey

A Ruined Benedictine abbey overlooking the North Sea in England.

Ancient Temple reclaimed by nature

A stunning photograph of an ancient temple reclaimed by mother nature.

Past meat future

Seen here is the Orion Test flight as seen through an abandoned Apollo test pad.

Flooded castle

A flooded Castle somewhere on Earth.

Abandoned and Flooded Castle, location unknown

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Abandoned forts from WW II

The abandoned Maunsell Forts near England.

Maunsell Forts: The abandoned sea forts from World War II

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One massive hole

Seen here is the world’s second largest man-made hole.

Old Staircase

Seen here is an old, abandoned staircase in Italy.

Staircase in an old factory in Italy. Photo by Sven Fennema

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Ta Prohm Temple

Seen here are the ruins of the Ta Prohm Temple.

Ta Prohm Temple. Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia.

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Abandoned Temple in Cambodia

Nature takes back what belongs to it.

Railroad to Atlantis

Where do you think this leads to?

The Railroad to Atlantis

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Oodnadatta South Australia

A glimpse to the past.


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Ivan is editor-in-chief at, he also writes for Universe Explorers. You may have seen him appear on the Discovery and History Channel.


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