For different reasons, we have been abandoning some of the thousands of cities around the world. From natural catastrophes to the simple search for a better space to perform, and there are not a few episodes of entire families leaving behind the places they inhabited, by their own decision or external factors. These are the most impressive abandoned cities in the world.
The interesting thing about the case is that many of these places can be visited if we have the opportunity to get close to them, and it is really a unique experience to attend these “ghost cities” like the ones in the movies.
Someday they were inhabited cities, but over time they have been depopulated due to various circumstances. There are some abandoned cities that, who knows if at some point, they will expand again or we will want to go to know their history.
Most impressive abandoned cities in the world
We started close, because Belchite, in Zaragoza, was destroyed in the battle of Belchite and then Franco did not rebuild it. Although people have not returned to inhabit, its ruins and other charms are currently used to shoot movies, such as Pan’s Labyrinth. Unfinished buildings and many uninhabited. It is the living image of Varosia, in Cyprus, which in its day was a prominent tourist destination in which no one lives today. The Turkish invasion of 1974 destroyed it and the military does not let anyone enter.
In Geamana, Romania, more than 400 families had to be relocated and currently only part of its central church is visible. There are more cities because in Italy, Craco, was abandoned in its day due to a landslide that occurred in the old town and with it the inhabitants left. In the same way that Belchite is also a filming location for various films.
Located in the heart of the Apuseni mountains, this town was transformed into a mining waste area. The nearly one thousand citizens it had were evicted because the authorities of that region needed a dump for the waste from a nearby mine, its main generator of employment and wealth.
In Norway there are also places that were once inhabited but are not currently. In this case, it is pyramids, located in the arctic archipelago of Svalbard. It was founded by the Swedes in 1910 to exploit a coal mine but was later sold in 1927. It was not until 1998 when people left and you can still see everything from furniture to other belongings of its inhabitants.
Beichuan, en China, was a city that began to crumble due to the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Such was the disaster that the Government built a new city instead of rebuilding the previous one, but it was necessary as it was a powerful place with continuous earthquakes. For its part, Hashima, Japan, grew rapidly but due to industrial development, although nature took care that this was not the case. Well, the causes such as the inclemency of the sea caused the structure of the city to be carried out with relevant fortifications. About the 70’s its inhabitants went to other places.
There are still posters and little else. Centralia, Pennsylvania, USA was destroyed by a coal mine fire and by carbon monoxide its inhabitants left back in the 80s.
When in April 1986 reactor IV at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant failed causing the biggest nuclear accident in history, Pripyat’s fate was sealed. There are no traces of its almost 70,000 families. A great many of those individuals died in the incident. The rest left because of the contamination.
Located on the top of a hill, the constant displacement of tectonic plates and landslides forced the residents to leave, leaving behind a complete city, with everything that would be expected. Several of the curious tourists who pass through the area of Lucania, in the south of the country, stop to visit it.
But probably the most famous abandoned town is the old tourist town Epecuén, in Buenos Aires. Summer space for the citizens of nearby Carhué and the rest of the province. In 1985 a flood submerged the town several meters. As the water receded, this exceptional Argentine tourist attraction was born.