40 Most Creepy Abandoned Places In The World That Will Scare You Silly

Witness the most ghostly desolate places in the world….all potential making-you-crap-your-pants material. It couldn’t get scarier than this!

1. I.M. Cooling Tower, Old Power Station – Belgium

1. I.M. Cooling Tower, Old Power Station, Belgium

1.a I.M. Cooling Tower, Old Power Station, Belgium 2


These are worn out parts of a cooling tower in an old power station in Monceau, Belgium. The magnificent trumpet-like structure in the middle introduced hot water to the structure, followed by a cooling effect while dripping down hundreds of small concrete troughs and slats.

2. The Sunken Yacht – Antarctica.

2. Sunken Yacht, Antarctica


This spooky looking ghost ship is the Mar Sem Fim – a Brazilian yacht that was wrecked near Ardley Cove in Antarctica. A Brazilian crew had taken it to film a documentary, but fell victim to strong winds, forcing the crew to abandon the yacht. The water that washed over the ship froze, cracked its hull and eventually sunk the yacht, but it has since been salvaged.

3. Abandoned Domino Sugar Factory in Darkness – Brooklyn, New York.

3. Abandoned Domino Sugar Factory -- Brooklyn, New York


The Domino Sugar factory in Brooklyn, New York, was the original refinery of the American Sugar Refining Company, that produced Domino brand sugar. It dates from 1882, when it used to be the largest sugar refinery in the world. But in 2000,  the refinery witnessed the longest labor strikes in the history of New York City. Over 250 workers protested their wages and working conditions for twenty months. As a result, the refinery stopped operating in 2004, after running for 148 years.

4. The Maunsell Sea Forts – England.

4. The Maunsell Sea Forts, England


These magnificent forts were supposedly erected near the Thames and Mersey rivers in Britain to provide protection against German air or naval raids during World War II. After being decommissioned in 1950, the forts became inhabited by some new tenants like pirate radio operators and by the Principality of Sealand, which claims it is an independent sovereign state.

5. The Last House on Holland Island – U.S.A.

5. Last House on Holland Island, U.S.A


This house used to be a part of what once was a flourishing small island colony in Chesapeake Bay in the U.S. Frequent and fast erosion of the island’s mud and silt led to decrease in the livable area of the land. This house was what was the last of the remains of Holland Island before it too collapsed in 2010.

6. Pripyat – Ukraine.

6. Pripyat, Ukraine1

6.a Pripyat, Ukraine


The city of Pripyat was established in Ukraine, close to the border of Belarus on Feb. 4th 1970 as a Soviet nuclear city. It was a residential to the workers who worked in the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant. But in 1986, the nuclear power plant faced a disaster, more popularly known as the Chernobyl Disaster of 1986, which led to the evacuation of the entire city. Priypat, thus, remains a radioactive ghost city haunted by the nightmares of that dreadful night.

7. Kolmanskop – Namibia.

7. Kolmanskop, Namibia


Kolmanskop was a very small settlement in Namibia that suddenly grew and flourished in the early 1900s when German settlers found the area to be booming with diamonds. But, eventually, the craze  for wealth gave out after World War I when the diamond fields began to deplete. By the 1950s, the town was completely deserted, and is now visited only by photographers and tourists.

8. House of the Bulgarian Communist Party – Bulgaria.

8. House of the Bulgarian Communist Party, Bulgaria

Dimitar Kilkoff

The former headquarters of Bulgaria’s Communist Party has an eerie feel to it. The building is shaped like a flying saucer and was probably an architecture marvel when it was in use from 1981 until 1991. But it went silent and deserted after the fall of the Soviet Union. It is now a ghost of its former self, putting people who visit it in a trance.

9. Chateau Miranda – Celles, Belgium.

9. Chateau Miranda - Celles, Belgium


The castle was built with the intention of hiding by French aristocrats who were trying to escape the revolution. During and after World War II, the Castle began operating as an orphanage. It was suddenly abandoned in 1980, with the family denying rights to allow authorities to care for the castle. Because of its past, this haunting castle forever remains a favorite ghost hunting destination among people who visit it.

10. An abandoned church with a few lingering parishioners – Czech Republic.

10. An abandoned church with a few lingering parishioners, Czech Republic


11. Nara Dreamland – Japan.

11. Nara Dreamland, Japan


The Nara Dreamland park, opened in 1961, was inspired by Disneyland. The entrance to the park was built similar to the one in Disneyland and it also incorporated its own version of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle within it. But, in 2006, the park was haphazardly closed down due to lower number of visitors.

12. An Overgrown Palace – Poland.

12. Overgrown palace, Poland

500px/Lucas Malkiewicz

Built in 1910 for the Polish Royalty, this castle was a beauty within itself imbibing stories of kings and queens in all their royal heritage. But that century turned out to be a time of uncertainty for the country. The communist rule transformed the palace into an agricultural school, as well as a home for mentally handicapped adults and children. The palace that once sung of the Polish royalty was abandoned  following the fall of the USSR.

13. San Zhi Houses – Taiwan.

13. San Zhi, Taiwan


These alien-looking houses were built to serve as a holiday destination for the U.S. military officers who returned from their positions in Asia. However, huge losses in investments and some dreadful car accidents, forced the the site to shut down abruptly in 1980, shortly after it had been built. Unfortunately, in 2010, the buildings had to be brought down.

14. The Jet Star Rollercoaster, Seaside Heights – New Jersey.

14. The Jet Star Rollercoaster, Seaside Heights, New Jersey


After the Superstorm Sandy hit in 2013, The Jet Star Rollercoaster fell victim to its might and was left submerged in the Atlantic Ocean. It stood rusting for six months, until it was plucked from the sea.

15. The 102-Year-Old Floating Forest in Sydney – Australia.

15. 102-Year-Old Floating Forest in Sydney, Australia


This is what is left of the SS Ayrfield, a large steam ship that went wreck in Homebush Bay, Australia after World War II. When the dismantling yard closed down, SS Ayrfield  along with numerous other ships remained where they were. Now, it is a hauntingly beautiful floating forest that sets an example of nature’s struggle for survival.

16. Uninhabited Island in Southwest Florida – U.S.A.

16. Uninhabited Island in Southwest Florida, U.S.A.


The dome-like structures were built in 1981 on Cape Romano off the coast of Florida. They were the summer home of oil producer Bob Lee before falling into disrepair. What their fate will be today is still uncertain and eerie!

17. The Haunting New Bedford Orphuem -U.S.A.

17. The Haunting New Bedford Orphuem, U.S.A.

500px/Frank Grace

The New Bedord Orpheum is an old theater located in Massachusetts, U.S.A. Opened in the year 1912, the theater had to be closed down in 1959. It has been serving has a storage for tobacco and thriving as a supermarket since its closure.

18. Abandoned Train Station, Abkhazia – Georgia

18. Abandoned Train Station, Abkhazia, Georgia

Flickr/Ilya Varlamov

This train station in Sukhumi, Abkhazia was deserted during the Abkhazia War that went on between 1992 and 1993. The region had been a matter of dispute between Georgia and Russia and this left it isolated. The decaying station still manages to retain some of its former glory in the form of intricate plaster work and mahogany furniture.

19. Abandoned Military Hospital in Beelitz – Germany.

19. Abandoned Military Hospital in Beelitz, Germany1

19.a Abandoned Military Hospital in Beelitz, Germany


These completely spooky pictures are what is left of the abandoned Beelitz-Heilstätten hospital in Beelitz, Germany. The complex was built sometime around the late 1800s. It had also helped Adolf Hitler recover from a leg wound that he incurred at the Battle of Somme fought in 1916. However, some parts of the complex are in operation till date, but most of them were abandoned shortly after the Soviets left the hospital in 1995.

20. Salto Hotel – Colombia.

20. Salto Hotel, Colombia


The Hotel De Salto opened in 1928 in Columbia, with the Tequendema Falls being close by, to serve tourists who came to admire the 157 meter-tall waterfall. The hotel had to be shut down in the early 1990s after people visiting the waterfall suddenly lost interest. In 2012, the site was transformed into a museum. It is thought to be haunted which makes it even more spookier.

21.  Abandoned Subway Tunnel in Kiev – Ukraine.

21. Abandoned Subway Tunnel in Kiev, Ukraine


This image of an abandoned subway tunnel is from within the metro system underneath the city of Kiev, Ukraine. Many of the tunnels remain flooded with and are home to scary hanging stalactites that hang from the ceilings.

22. Abandoned Submarine Base in Balaklava – Ukraine.

22. Abandoned Submarine Base in Balaklava, Ukraine

flickr/Thomas Alboth

This old submarine dock in Ukraine isn’t totally abandoned. The decommissioned dock was a former Soviet Union’s most  top-secret facility near Balaklava. It was also known to be able to weather a direct nuclear strike because of its underground location. Today, it serves as a national naval museum booming with secrets unknown!

23. The old retro bar in the abandoned Pines Hotel.

23. The old retro bar in the abandoned Pines Hotel


24. The abandoned hanging room in a coal mine. (Miner’s bathroom)

Abandoned Coal Mine. Miner Bathroom.


25. Underwater City in Shicheng – China.

24. Underwater City in Shicheng, China


This amazing city trapped underwater is 1341 years old and known by the name of Shicheng, or Lion City. Ir is located in the Zhejiang province in eastern China. In 1959, while the construction of the Xin’an River Hydropower Station was underway, this city, suddenly submerged completely underwater. The water has been protecting the city from wind and rain erosion, so it has remained untouched by nature’s wrath and remains in a fairly impressive condition.

26. Wreck of the SS America – Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

25. Wreck of the SS America - Fuerteventura, Canary Islands


On 18 January 1994, the United States Lines ocean liner SS American Star was wrecked by a severe storm in Playa de Garcey. Within a year, the ocean liner broke into half and later lost its rear end. By 2007 what remained of the fate-struck ship collapsed onto its port side, gradually sinking further deep and became almost completely submerged. By 2008-2012, most of its remains finally gave way and sunk down to the surface.

27. Staircase in an old factory in Italy.

26. Staircase in an old factory in Italy


28. A forgotten hallway…

27. Abandoned hallway

500px/Mathias Haker 

29. The Abandoned City Hall Subway Stop in New York – U.S.A.

28. The Abandoned City Hall Subway Stop in New York, U.S.A.

John Paul Palescandolo

This elegantly-designed metro station was built underneath the  City Hall in New York. Due to its location, the design of the metro station was given much preference. But the station eventually closed down in 1945 and because of security reasons, it still generally remains closed, with the unless there’s an exclusive exceptional tour.

30. Abandoned Soviet submarine base.

29. Abandoned Soviet submarine base


If you ever find yourself on the set of a post-apocalyptic movie almost scared to death, then there’s a possibility that you might have entered a real life abandoned Soviet submarine base left from the Cold war – an enormous building scoured by ocean tides and haunted by hulking machines, slowly rusting away.

31. A reflecting pool covered in moss on an abandoned estate in Florida – U.S.A.

30. A mossy reflecting pool on an abandoned estate in Florida


32. A vending machine, brought inland by the catastrophic 2011 tsunami, in an abandoned rice field in Fukushima – Japan.

31. A vending machine, brought inland by the tsunami, in an abandoned rice field in Fukushima


33. An abandoned mining track -Taiwan.

32. Abandoned mining track, Taiwan


34. Bare footprints embedded forever in an abandoned nuclear reactor.

33. Bare footprints in an abandoned nuclear reactor


35. The Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

34. Eastern State Penitentiary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

34.a Eastern State Penitentiary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania2


The penitentiary operated from 1829 all through 1971. It was regarded as one of the first modern prisons. The prison was designed in a revolutionary wagon wheel shape which went on to become a globally adopted style of prison. Now serving as a National Landmark, Eastern State held prisoners of the likes of Willie Sutton and Al Capone. Who knows what deep dark stories the walls hide within themselves…!

36. A Church steeple pokes out of a frozen lake – Reschen, Italy.

35. A Church steeple pokes out of a frozen lake - Reschen, Italy


37. An Abandoned Mill – Sorrento, Italy.

36. Abandoned Mill, Italy

flickr/Dale Tennyson

Located  in the Valley of the Mills in Sorrento, Italy, this mill was abandoned in the year 1866. It became isolated from the sea due to the construction of Tasso Square, which caused a rise in the humidity of the surrounding area and left it desolate and spooky.

38. Willard Asylum – Willard, New York.

37. Willard Asylum - Willard, New York

37.a Willard Asylum - Willard, New York


In 1869, the Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane was established. But it had to shut down its operations in 1995. Housing well over 4000 patients during its boom, more than half of the 50,000 patients admitted to the asylum died within its walls. This makes the asylum’s morgue (pictured above) one of the creepiest places you can ever imagine.

39. Abandoned House in Virginia – U.S.A.

38. Abandoned House in Virginia


40. An Abandoned Church in the Snow – Canada.

39. Abandoned Church in the Snow, Canada

Kevin Mc Elheran 
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