25 Bone Chilling Abandoned Places

Whether due to war, drought, or just the passing of time everything has an expiration date and is eventually forgotten or abandoned. While some places fall into disrepair and are bulldozed, others remain standing through the centuries, or what’s left of them at least. Slowly then, over the years, they become a thing of legend surrounded by mystery. Stories are told of the blood that was spilled on their soil, the prisoners that were tortured, and the plagues that took thousands of lives. From battlefields to prisons, here are 25 bone chilling abandoned places.

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Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Kentucky

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

A closed sanatorium in Jefferson County, Kentucky, it has been highly popularized as the ‘most haunted hospital in the United States.’ Founded in 1910 as a two-storey hospital for tuberculosis patients, it was closed down before later becoming Woodhaven Geriatrics Hospital in 1962. It was finally closed for good in 1981 due to allegations of patient abuse. Ever since then it has been the topic of scary stories and urban legends.


Bran Castle, Romania

Bran Castle

This castle found in the Transylvanian Alps has been the subject not only of thousands of myths and legends, but of novels and movie plots as well. Most of the stories center on its inhabitant, Prince of Walachia Vlad Tepes or “Vlad the Impaler” who was said to be the real life inspiration for Count Dracula. The legends probably found their origin in the way he punished people by having them impaled on poles and left to die, burnt alive, or decapitated and left hanging in the body filled forests of Transylvania.


Unit 731 Experimentation Camp, Japan

Unit 731 Experimentation Camp

At the beginning of World War II, 3,000 Japanese prisoners and 250,000 Chinese died from brutal experimentation conducted by Japanese scientists within this complex now known as Unit 731. Men, women, and children were subjected to vivisections, which are basically live dissections without anesthesia. Prisoners had limbs amputated in order to study blood loss. Those limbs that were removed were sometimes re-attached to the opposite sides of the body. Some prisoners had their stomachs surgically removed and the esophagus reattached to the intestines. Parts of the brain, lungs, liver, etc. were removed from others. In other tests, subjects were deprived of food and water to determine the length of time until death, placed into high-pressure chambers until death, experimented upon to determine the relationship between temperature, burns, and human survival, placed into centrifuges and spun until death, injected with animal blood, exposed to lethal doses of x-rays, subjected to various chemical weapons inside gas chambers, injected with sea water to determine if it could be a substitute for saline, and burned or buried alive.


Edinburgh Vaults, Scotland

Underground Vaults

Underneath the busy streets of modern Edinburgh lie the Edinburgh Vaults, which have been abandoned for nearly two hundred years and were only rediscovered in the mid-1980s. Used as cellars, workshops, and residences by the businesses that plied their trades on the busy bridge since 1785, they were later abandoned due to the unpleasant atmosphere. These days locals claim the place is haunted due to a number of strange incidences that have taken place over the years.


San Zhi Resort, Taiwan

San Zhi Resort

The rusting, abandoned UFO-shaped buildings just outside of Taipei, Taiwan were intended as exclusive destinations for the wealthy and the elite. Built in the 1980s, construction of the Pod City was halted by the government due to unexplained deaths that occurred in the area. It was so shrouded in mystery that today even the locals are afraid to get near it.

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