Around the world, you can find abandoned buildings and communities. They get left behind for a whole host of reasons.
Perhaps they no longer serve a purpose. Maybe they have encountered an unforeseen natural disaster. Sometimes people abandon buildings because of war. Sometimes, it has something rumored to do with the supernatural.
Often, you’ll find a creepy story behind whatever might have happened … chilling enough to send shivers up and down one’s spine. What remains left behind? Derelict communities and ruined buildings … both haunting and disturbing in the extreme.
Read on for a list of the 25 Creepiest Abandoned Buildings Around the World.
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1. The Deserted Cities Tourist Attractions of the World
Location: Centres of the Capital of the Worlds
As of March 2020, the coronavirus is sweeping the world, and international flights (along with tourism) have almost ceased completely. Countries are enforcing ever-tightening lockdown and curfews.
There is something creepy and alarming about seeing famous buildings like the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., and the Sistine Chapel in Rome, now empty and closed. Until recently so full of people, these places appear abandoned, but hopefully, it’s only for a little while.
2. Auschwitz’s Crematoria Number 3
Location: Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland
The concentration camp in Auschwitz was abandoned by the Nazis in the closing months of World War Two. Its purpose had been to exterminate the Jewish people and those whom the Nazis saw as other “undesirables”. Death and cruelty were handed out on a scale unimaginable, killing over one million men, women, and children in just four years … at this one camp.
Today, among the remains of Auschwitz, is the ruins of crematoria number 3. This had consisted of a dressing room, a gas chamber disguised as a shower block, and a furnace room to dispose of the bodies afterward.
Those to be killed were led there in their thousands, having been told they were going to be showered and deloused, when in fact they were going to be gassed to death. And the even grimmer reality was this was just one of many extermination camps dotted around German-occupied Europe.
3. Hiroshima Peace Memorial - The One Building That Defied the Atomic Bomb
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
On the morning of August 6th, 1945, the world and warfare changed forever when the Americans dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing 70,000 people instantly. Many were vaporized, leaving behind just their shadows, permanently burnt onto the ground behind them.
Most of the city was flattened. The only structure to survive the blast at the epicenter was the Domed Prefectural Industrial Promotional Hall. This ruined building has since been preserved as part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. It stands as a chilling reminder of the destructive power of just one bomb that was a mere 10 feet long.
4. Jonestown Community - The Cult who Committed Mass Suicide-Murder
Location: Jonestown, Guyana
This now-abandoned settlement was the site of the chilling mass suicide-murder of 909 members of the Peoples Temple cult by poison. On November 18, 1978, the cult leader of this isolated community in South America ordered the death of all its members at the site, as a form of protest of capitalism and an act of support for socialism.
Most took the poisoned grape juice or were forced to drink the juice, and all those at the settlement died. Afterward, it was looted by local people, but never re-inhabited. Instead, it was left for the jungle to slowly reclaim.
5. The Vanishing Mayans
Location: The Yucatán, in Central America
In around the 10th century AD, a whole vast empire that stretched from northern Central America to southern Mexico seemed to abruptly cease to exist and its people abandoned their large stone cities forever. They were the ancient city-states of the Mayan, whose people numbered in their millions.
No one knows exactly what happened to these people or why. There is evidence that a combination of drought, climate change, war, food shortages, and even disease contributed to their sudden downfall. But some theorists point to Mayan carvings that famously seemed to suggest a link with aliens and spaceships.
Whatever the cause, these highly sophisticated cities were swallowed up by the jungle and are only now being rediscovered with their magnificent pyramids and temples. An eerie reminder of a mysteriously vanished empire.