7 creepy abandoned places

2013-10-24 16:16

There's just something about abandoned places, isn't there? Left to crumble and rot by whoever had once been in charge of them, they're heart-breaking and creepy, but also more often than not strangely beautiful. 

With Halloween coming up we thought we'd explore seven of the world's weirdest and most photogenic abandoned places through the eyes of Instagrammers.

Take a look. 

Anderlecht Veterinary School, Brussels

Also called the ‘Horror Labs,' the Anderlecht Veterinary School has stood abandoned since the 1990s. While 18 of the 19 buildings making up the school have been renovated, one remains untouched... and it's easy to see why. Those brave enough to enter will find something like Frankenstein's laboratory inside - an array of dead pets perfectly preserved in murky liquid-filled jars, rusty needles and syringes, miscellaneous animal body parts - some even sown together. Apparently it's a rather popular urban exploration spot. Not sure if we'd be keen to go, though!

Bhangarh, India

There's something heart-tuggingly beautiful about decrepit buildings decaying in the midst of a lush green forest. So, it's no surprise that this abandoned village has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state of Rajasthan. The government is, however, rather grudging about letting people explore and absolutely does not allow a soul to set foot there at night. But why? It carries a terrible curse, of course. Legend has it that the jilted lover (who happened to be a skilled magician) of Bhangarh's 16th century Princess Ratnavati, the jewel of Rajahstan, put a curse on the city when she foiled his plan to trick her into marrying him. It is said that Singhia, the jilted lover, cursed all who dwelt within Bhangarh to die without hope of being reborn - one of the fundamental beliefs of the Hindu faith, with the result that the entire place is now inhabited by hopeless ghosts.

Beelitz Heilstatten Hospital, Brandenburg, Germany 

Starting out as a sanatorium in the 1800s, Beelitz Heilstatten underwent a few transfigurations becoming a bastion in the fight against a mass outbreak of TB and later a military hospital during the First and Second World War. It even housed Adolf Hitler after he got injured during the Battle of Somme in 1916. The hospital was under the control of the Soviet Union until that country ceased to exist in the early '90s, and has stood empty since. It's a hugely popular spot for urban exploration and has even been used as a film set for The Pianist, and a Rammstein music video.

Oradour-sur-Glane, France

Just a few km down the road from the current town of Oradour-sur-Glane, the ruined old town of Oradour-sur-Glane lies in a state of untouched and painful disrepair. The original population was destroyed on 10 June 1944, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, weremassacred by a German Waffen-SS company. The original has been maintained as a permanent memorial and museum.

Holy land USA, Conneticut

Okay, so there was once a theme park inspired by selected passages from the Bible. The brainchild of Roman Catholic attorney, John Baptist Greco, the site consists of a chapel, stations of the cross, and replicas of catacombs and Israelite villages constructed from cinder blocks, bathtubs, and other discards. The park was closed in 1987 when Greco died and handed over to the care of The Religious Sisters of Filippi Greco... who obviously didn't do a very good job of maintaining it. Even though the theme park is no longer in working order, it's as popular as ever.

San Zhi, Taiwan

Constructed at the beginning of 1978, these weird-looking UFO houses were intended as a vacation resort marketed towards U.S. military officers coming from their East Asian postings. However, the project was abandoned in 1980 due to investment losses and several car accident deaths during construction, which is said to have been caused by the unfortuitous act of bisecting the Chinese dragon sculpture located near the resort gates for widening the road to the buildings. Unfortunately, the houses were demolished in 2010, so the site is not as striking as it once was.

Pripyat, Ukraine

Established in February 1970 near the border of Belarus, Pripyat became the ninth nuclear city in the Soviet Union, housing workers of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and their families. It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of 49 360 before being evacuated a few days after the 26 April 1986 Chernobyl disaster. One of the city's main features is the theme park that makes for a rather eerie photo op.

Maunsell Sea Forts, England

Looking a little like something out of Star Wars, these small fortified sea forts were built in the Thames and Mersey estuaries during the Second World War to help defend the United Kingdom. They were decommissioned in the 1950s, briefly used for other purposes, but now stand abandoned.

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