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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Prypiat, Ukraine


A completely abandoned, silent, radioactive city in northern Ukraine, this once housed as many as 50,000 people, most of them workers and scientists of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant. When a small reactor malfunctioned in 1986, the city was evacuated for safety reasons. Prypiat has been a desolate place since then and along with its buildings you can also see the giant Ferris wheel at the amusement park made for the families of the workers. Today, it wouldn’t be smart to enter the Zone of Alienation, a 30-kilometer radius that is directly affected by the radiation.


Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu

The “Lost City of the Inca” was once a pre-Columbian city above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which was created by the Inca Empire. It became a World Heritage Site in 1983 and although it may not be as creepy as some of the other places on this list, its focal role in the Spanish inquisition has certainly led to enough speculation and legend.


LaLaurie Mansion, New Orleans

LaLaurie Mansion

The residence of Delphine LaLaurie at 1140 Royal Street in New Orleans became famous in the 1830s when the miserable treatments of the household’s slaves was exposed due to a fire in the kitchen started by a cook who was chained to the stove and attempting suicide. An angry mob stormed the house and freed the slaves while Delphine escaped to Paris. Though it has been restored in recent years, its past is wild enough to prevent anyone from wanting to occupy it.


Hellfire Caves, England

Hellfire Caves

The Hellfire caves is a network of man-made chalk and flint caverns that extend a quarter of a mile (500 metres) underground in Buckinghamshire, Southeast England. They were excavated between 1748 and 1752 for the infamous Francis Dashwood, co-founder of the notorious Hellfire Club, whose ritualistically pagan inspired meetings were held in the caves.


Gettysburg, Pennsylvania


The location of one of the deadliest battles of the Civil War is now a distant reminder of the atrocities of armed conflict. It’s hard to visit and not think about the thousands of lives that were lost in a matter of only 72 hours.

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