CREEPIEST Abandoned Places
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CREEPIEST Abandoned Places

From an old church populated by tangible ghosts
to a prison of unspeakable suffering, today we look at the Creepiest Abandoned Places. Number 10. Kolmanskop
Once a rich diamond field in the Namib desert of Southern Namibia , the town of Kolmanskop
is now a half-submerged shadow of the past. Originally settled by the German Empire in
the early 20th century upon the discovery of the region’s hidden riches. After the depletion of the town’s surrounding
resources, though, the majority moved on to another diamond deposit 167 miles south of
the town. Over time, Kolmanskop would transform into
a ghost town, with mounds of sand naturally overtaking various buildings and giving the
place an aura of ruins lost to time. Number 9. Valley of the Mills
The coastal town of Sorrento, Italy is home to an emerald green valley known as the Vallone
dei Mulini , or the Valley of the Mills. This gorgeous attraction draws visitors for
its majestic view of the valley’s luscious ferns and the unique plants that grow among
them. But this destination boasts more than pretty
plants. Flour and saw mills once called this valley
home, with these multi-story stone structures dating back as far as the 13th century. The valley supplied Sorrento with ground grains
and sawn wood for decades until the nearby central square of Piazza Tasso was erected,
drawing business away from the mills. The buildings of the valley were closed and
abandoned by 1940, allowing nature to take over. Now these haunting stone edifices look like
the remains of a lost jungle temple among the foliage, enticing visitors with a foreboding
sense of mystery. Number 8. Maunsell Sea Forts
Isolated in the estuaries surrounding the United Kingdom are a series of sea-bound towers
that were at one time meant to help defend the nation against foreign attack. But after the late 1950s, these stalwart forts
were decommissioned from military use. Since then, the Maunsell Forts have hosted
a number of odd visitors including the founders of a micronation called Sealand and a variety
of pirate radio stations. In an attempt to commemorate these unlicensed
stations of the past, one station named Red Sands Radio attempted to take up residence
at a series of forts of the same name. But after just two summers here, Red Sands
Radio was shut down amid safety concerns. Only a few of the forts across the UK remain,
as many have been demolished due to instability. Those still standing are considered a hazard
to board structurally, but perhaps more frightening is the mystery of what could be lurking among
these steel citadels. Number 7. Beelitz-Heilstätten
Nearly sixty buildings compose the legendary Soviet hospital complex known as Beelitz-Heilstatten
. Historically, this property served various military causes. It was originally meant to be a sanatorium
for the workers’ health insurance corporation of Berlin, but would be taken over by the
Imperial German Army in subsequent years amid international turmoil. Then, in 1945, the Red Army would take the
hospital to serve Soviet forces for the next five decades! Well after the fall of the Berlin Wall and
the reunification of Germany, it wasn’t until 1995 that the Beelitz-Heilstatten was open
once more to public interest. A few of the hospital wards were taken over
by private parties, utilizing the centers for neurological rehabilitation and Parkinson’s
research. The rest of the complex, though, remained
abandoned and unsecured. The ghastly ambience surrounding this old
military hospital is so spooky that the location has earned a spot in films, like 2002’s The
Pianist, and even a music video due to its tendency to emanate an air of dread. Number 6. Czech Ghost Church
Plagued by sporadic fires since its creation in the 14th century, St. George’s Church in
the village of Lukova has a long history of unfortunate catastrophes. After years of rebuilding, the final straw
came when the roof collapsed in the middle of a funeral service in 1968. From this point onward, the local congregation
would refuse to enter the church under the impression the building was undeniably haunted. Instead they would opt to hold service outside,
away from the supposedly cursed structure. This creepy case didn’t attract much attention
as Czechoslovakia was still under Communist rule at the time, and that system didn’t exactly
mesh well with religion. The church fell victim to looters and vandals
that stripped the building of most of its possessions as the walls slowly decayed. There it sat in the forested areas surrounding
Lukova until one art student had an idea for how to give the church new life…sort of. As an ode to the supposedly haunted building
and the harrowing history of the region, Jakub Hadrava went on to sculpt 30 ghosts based
off of peers he used as models. These sculptures now checker the pews in the
church, their spectral forms sitting creepily cloaked, drawing visitors from all over and
bolstering the local Lukova economy. Number 5. Chateau Miranda
Like something ripped from the pages of a fairy tale, the Chateau Miranda stood tall
behind the trees of its courtyard for decades before being abandoned in 1991 due to mounting
maintenance costs. Originally designed in 1866 by the architect
Edward Milner, the construction of this majestic castle wouldn’t finish until 1907, nearly
23 years after his passing. As a stone hallmark of Belgium the Chateau
Miranda would serve the a wealth family along with creating a storybook landscape for local
Belgians at large. But by the time the mid-1940s rolled around,
this fortress found itself in the middle of a skirmish at the Battle of the Bulge, leading
to a seizure of the property by German forces. After an era of combat, it was then transformed
into an orphanage and seasonal camp for children under the direction of the National Railway
Company of Belgium, earning its nickname of “Chateau de Noisy.” This would only last until the 1970s, though. Within 20 years the castle was abandoned. Unkempt and rotting, the grounds of the chateau
slowly shifted from a Hans Christian Andersen fantasy to a Bram Stoker nightmare. Here it lasted, haunting local urban explorers,
until its demolition between 2016 and 2017. Number 4. Berengaria Hotel
On the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus lies the once-lavish resort to the rich known
as Berengaria Hotel. First opened in 1931, this destination for
the wealthy was nestled within the mountainous Prodomos village. Here it hosted such high profile guests as
Winston Churchill, the King of Egypt, the president of Israel, the Duke of Marlborough
and numerous important CEOs and other businessmen. The estate featured amenities like a casino,
a night club and state of the art furniture, entertaining locals and travelers alike for
nearly 53 years. The hotel fell into disarray after the passing
of its owner, who left it to his sons. Local legends say all three of the heirs would
perish under mysterious and suspicious circumstances, leading to its closure. Since then, tales have swirled of the hotel
being haunted with claims of ghost sightings and the sound of screams echoing out of the
Berengaria Hotel late at night. Number 3. Eastern State Penitentiary
The pinnacle of criminal reform in its heyday, Eastern State Penitentiary stood tall as both
the most expensive and largest public building ever constructed in America. From 1829 to 1971, this prison operated as
the model penitentiary in the nation, with more than 300 prisons around the world following
its lead. This institution famously held criminals like
the bank robber Willie Sutton and notorious gangster Al Capone, while also attracting
writers like Charles Dickens and Alexis de Tocqueville to visit for inspiration. A spiritual reformation process was exercised
on prisoners, instituted by the Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons
led by Philadelphia’s Anglican bishop William White. But along with this publicized religious salvation
came a hidden nightmarish damnation by way of torturous punishments dealt for infractions. These included extreme isolation, being doused
with freezing water in the winter, having one’s tongue chained to their wrist, and worse. The ghoulish halls of this building are now
on display as a museum, with audio-assisted tours and scavenger hunts taking place in
this once-miserable prison. Number 2. Willard Asylum
Among the gorgeous natural surroundings of Seneca Lake, New York is a decrepit structure
that radiates a grim atmosphere. This mostly abandoned estate was once home
to hundreds of patients as the Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane. Constructed in 1869, this facility was meant
to grant salvation to the mentally ill who were, at the time, kept within prisons and
poorhouses under poor conditions. While many received much more civilized treatment
here than other establishments, the Asylum was still prison-like in many regards. Understanding of mental health at the time
was far behind modern times and as such some patients were held there unrighteously. Furthermore, the release of patients was wholly
dependant on administrator approval — a privilege that was denied to many. This meant that some would spend the rest
of their lives under this roof, with a morgue, crematorium and cemetery all located on the
property. Even stranger, the graves here are all unmarked
as having a family name attached to a mental asylum was considered taboo in that era. Number 1. Pripyat
Founded as a means to serve the nearby nuclear power plant of Chernobyl , the city of Pripyat
would only last 16 years before the entire city would have to be evacuated. When the infamous power plant ruptured in
1986, the city had grown to a population of nearly fifty thousand! Evacuation did not occur immediately and within
just a few hours, dozens began experiencing symptoms like headaches, uncontrollable coughing,
a metallic taste in the mouth and vomiting. The nuclear fallout had already begun to spread
and dozens would go on to pass from the radiation exposure, with others developing lifelong
illnesses. Today the city is overgrown with vegetation
and largely sectioned off for the sake of public safety.


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