There aren’t too many opportunities to feel like an adventurer in modern times. However, exploring abandoned places and finding unexpected treasures can give you that deep thrill. You might not bring anything physical back to show for your efforts, but the photos you take and the first-hand experiences make for even better souvenirs.

The ‘Abandoned Beauties’ Facebook page is dedicated to urban exploration (aka Urbex or UE) and showcasing gorgeous images of abandoned places and objects. Both past and present. We’ve got a beautiful selection of photos from them to share with you today, Pandas, so go on and have a scroll down into the mysterious, uncharted wilds of Urbex. Upvote your fave photos and, if you’ve ever gone exploring like this yourselves, tell us all about it in the comments.

A very strong note of warning, dear Pandas: your safety is of paramount importance. If you plan on exploring any abandoned places, you need to take the necessary precautions and be extremely careful. I know that you’re all very capable, but you can’t go adventuring without the proper preparations if you want to stay safe. More on that below.

I reached out to photographer Dominic Sberna for some advice about how to keep our photography gear safe while exploring new areas, how to get the right lighting for photos in dark settings, and to understand just how vital camera angles are.

Dominic told Bored Panda that camera angles are important when it comes to showing off the scope of a large building. "A lower angle is going to intensify the view, just as a high vantage point would. The vantage point really matters as well. Depending on what you're going for in your shot, you'll want to have a nice showcase of the scene in front of you when exploring any abandoned property," the photographer explained. You'll find the full interview below.

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Mcdermott's Castle, Abandoned Fairytale Irish Castle In The Middle Of A Lake, County Roscommon, Ireland

Mcdermott's Castle, Abandoned Fairytale Irish Castle In The Middle Of A Lake, County Roscommon, Ireland

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like it’s floating in the clouds.

Anna Wu
Community Member
1 month ago

Avalon!

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Tammy Wait
Community Member
1 month ago

Mystical

Noel Benavente
Community Member
1 month ago

oohh if it was in good conditions i would love to live there: no one around, no neighbours, no neighbours' dogs, no car noises... only birds.

Jessica Cifelli
Community Member
1 month ago

What is the brown section?

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Poop

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Lainie
Community Member
1 month ago

What lake?! It's just floating around, where ever I want. It's mine. Aaall MINE!

Diane Phillips-Herman
Community Member
1 month ago

A castle with no roof and a giant sinkhole? Be my guest!

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Leslie B
Community Member
1 month ago

That'd be a great place to live. No one can just drop by unexpectedly.

Doris Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

❤️

Riley Quinn
Community Member
1 month ago

Returning to nature.

Raquel
Community Member
1 month ago

This is my family castle! My grandfather was a McDermott!

Alice
Community Member
1 month ago

Omg I've seen that castle before!

Brian Brown
Community Member
1 month ago

I would love to conduct a photoshoot here.

HardTruths
Community Member
1 month ago

What is that great pit on the island? Looks like a ditch leads from the castle towards it.

Diane Phillips-Herman
Community Member
1 month ago

A sinkhole

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Chris Wade
Community Member
1 month ago

I'd love to live there. Sure, it might be creepy as s**t at night but that pit in the front yard can be turned into a pool or a ball pit. Ball pit > cursed creepy ass pit.

Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

Creepy would be the least of your worries. Cold, drafty, no electricity, no hot water, no heating. No sipermarket. No kitchen.

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Mare Freed
Community Member
1 month ago

If I were a bird I would make a nest in there.

Julia Jules Whitelegg
Community Member
1 month ago

Stunning, straight out of a fairytale..

Diane Phillips-Herman
Community Member
1 month ago

I can't find any other photos with the aparente "sinkhole". Even Google Earth doesn't show it.

Janet C
Community Member
1 month ago

Castle in the Sky

EJN
Community Member
1 month ago

Plus a lovely sinkhole!

Tara B.
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s a National monument. Not abandoned. 🤨

Damon Hill
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

The saddest part to most abandoned things is there are people everywhere who would love to have some of the things in them or in the case of things like cars, the entire vehicle. But the owners won't part with it or any part of it so it sits there and rots until there's nothing left worth having.

Asi Bassey
Community Member
1 month ago

Why the big hole?

Mishte Tine
Community Member
1 month ago

Is that brown area a sinkhole? Poor castle…

Travis Hoff
Community Member
1 month ago

Popping off to town must've been a pain

Tee Witt
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, a lovely island. From the comments when it was put up for sale a couple of years ago every American and Canadian with even a hint of Irish in then is a descendent of this family. I always find it strange that non from "over the pong" come from basic, poor Irish or British ancestry.

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
1 month ago

Cool, but why? What are they defending? A small naval blockade and they're defeated.

molly cathline
Community Member
1 month ago

I want to be here right now.

Laura Watts
Community Member
1 month ago

Isn't this where they filmed sone of merlin ?

Lolliegag
Community Member
1 month ago

I learned that it's "apparently quite easy to make an island" when I was in Belize a few years ago. If they want and island they "just" build one in the middle of the ocean. I'm using the quotation marks because it baffles me how people can just build an island on a whim and it stays right where they put it.

Mazer
Community Member
1 month ago

Didn’t they do work on this and find out that the island was man-made or was that some other place in the Emerald Isles. I was watching a program on this and many of these islands have been discovered to have been man-made which I think it’s so cool

Wilf
Community Member
1 month ago

This one is a natural island, but what you're describing was quite common in Scotland and Ireland. They're called Crannogs.

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Linus Nilsson
Community Member
1 month ago

I think I read about this castle. I was built to be a kind of stronghold in times of trouble, but fell quite instantly at the first siege it was subjected to.

DennisLQuezada
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1 month ago

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"A wide-angle lens is always a great option for any confined space, but again this all depends on the look you're going for and is absolutely dependent on the scene in front of you. If you're in a massive industrial warehouse, you could lose some impact to your image if you have a super-wide-angle lens," photographer Dominic told Bored Panda

"At the end of the day, just like any genre of photography and anything in life, practice makes perfect. But don't beat yourself up if your images aren't 'perfect.' You should always try to take them for yourself. If others like them, that's an added bonus and you'll stay true to your creative self by knowing you did things for yourself," the photographer suggested that we focus on what makes us happy instead of trying to please absolutely everyone else.

#2

Abandoned House In The Swamp

Abandoned House In The Swamp

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Scarface's Mom
Community Member
1 month ago

I can taste the humidity

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#3

A Very Little Key Will Open A Very Heavy Door. Charles Dickens

A Very Little Key Will Open A Very Heavy Door. Charles Dickens

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Joey Marlin
Community Member
1 month ago

Beautiful door.

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"The best way to keep your camera safe is to always keep it attached to you. That might mean different things to different people. Generally having your camera strap around your neck is a good thing. But, if you feel more comfortable holding it, that way if something unexpected does happen, you can move as needed," Dominic said.

When it comes to lighting, your camera's inbuilt flash might not be enough. He shared that he will "always advocate" for a tripod and a long exposure when shooting in dark settings.

#4

Abandoned Castle In Italy

Abandoned Castle In Italy

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Debbie Barnes
Community Member
1 month ago

Can you imagine how beautiful this once was.. The winding staircase, the balls that took place there... So sad that it can't be restored...

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#5

Abandoned Casino In Romania

Abandoned Casino In Romania

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Cristian Alexandru Damian
Community Member
1 month ago

restoration works are in progress. in 1-2 years will be reopen.

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#6

The Garden Of Ninfa Is A Landscape Garden In The Territory Of Cisterna Di Latina, In The Province Of Latina, Central Italy

The Garden Of Ninfa Is A Landscape Garden In The Territory Of Cisterna Di Latina, In The Province Of Latina, Central Italy

The garden includes the ruins of the ancient settlement of Ninfa, whose name seems to derive from a classical era nymphaeum, a temple dedicated to nymphs, located on an island in the small lake.

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Mazer
Community Member
1 month ago

Being overtaken by wisteria.

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"If you're wanting an action shot in the dark or a more illuminated subject, I'd recommend using an external flash or using external lighting altogether," Dominic suggested. "Depending on the look you're going for will depend on your preferred light source."

He noted that the flash on a camera has a fairly harsh and direct light. "You're going to cause a lot of harsh shadows and as a general rule, I would recommend staying away from the on-camera flash unless you absolutely have to use it," the photographer told Bored Panda.

#7

The Stairway Of An Abandoned Button Factory

The Stairway Of An Abandoned Button Factory

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like someone raided the place and dropped the stash as they were escaping.

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#8

A Perfect Place For Peaceful Thoughts And Meditation

A Perfect Place For Peaceful Thoughts And Meditation

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Scarface's Mom
Community Member
1 month ago

That is a portal

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#9

Abandoned Glasshouse

Abandoned Glasshouse

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 month ago

We have one of these in my town park. It’s really beautiful. I wanted to restore it and turn it into a cafe, the council planning department said no and it’s still rotting away with more and more windows being smashed by yobs each passing year. Sigh.

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The ‘Abandoned Beauties’ project has quite the member count over on Facebook. A whopping 435.8k people follow the page. It’s easy to see why.

The photos are stunning and evoke a sense of mystery, adventure, and uncovering lost secrets. The photos are also peppered with a heavy dose of creepiness that makes us just uncomfortable enough to keep us alert.

#10

Abandoned 19th Century Greenhouse, France

Abandoned 19th Century Greenhouse, France

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Cheri Aline Sydney
Community Member
1 month ago

I could love to make this my house... I'm in love!!!

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#11

Abandoned Mansion, Belgium

Abandoned Mansion, Belgium

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

The Addams Family ancestral home.

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#12

Abandoned Chapel In France

Abandoned Chapel In France

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

Too beautiful to neglect.

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The founder of the ‘Abandoned Beauties’ project notes that they credit all the photographers for their work. If you notice a gorgeous photo without any credits, then that means that the image is either part of the creative commons license or the page wasn’t able to find the original photographer.

If you have any questions about all of that and you want to give the photographers a follow but can’t seem to find the original source, try asking the page moderator or the community itself. You never know, you might find someone who’s in the know!

One thing to keep in mind is that, overwhelmingly, the authors of the photos don’t add details about the precise locations. This is done very much on purpose, in order to protect the locations and objects from vandalism.

#13

The Ruins Of Bannerman’s Castle, An Abandoned Military Surplus Warehouse, Still Stand In The Middle Of The Hudson River

The Ruins Of Bannerman’s Castle, An Abandoned Military Surplus Warehouse, Still Stand In The Middle Of The Hudson River

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PeachPossum
Community Member
1 month ago

Bannerman Castle is open to the public for tours

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#14

Fairy Tale House

Fairy Tale House

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Pearl
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow. If someone gave this building a chance, it would look even more beautiful.

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#15

I Don't Understand Why People Abandoned Beautiful Properties Like This

I Don't Understand Why People Abandoned Beautiful Properties Like This

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Caro Caro
Community Member
1 month ago

You don't understand? How much money do you have to maintain the building, heat the place, electric bills, etc.

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Keeping the locations secret is a very practical approach. While a handful of urban explorers visiting an abandoned ship (which is dangerous in itself) might not do much harm (especially if they don’t remove anything as souvenirs), the same can’t be said about dozens, hundreds, or possibly even thousands of visitors.

#16

A Library Inside An Abandoned 19th Century Victorian Mansion. Who Wants To Explore??

A Library Inside An Abandoned 19th Century Victorian Mansion. Who Wants To Explore??

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Caro Caro
Community Member
1 month ago

I would love to have a look at those books.

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#17

Italy

Italy

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Lily Mae Kitty
Community Member
1 month ago

This was a restaurant. a very over the top restaurant.

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#18

Ballysaggartmore Towers Are Two Ornate Entrance Lodges (One Also Acts As A Bridge)

Ballysaggartmore Towers Are Two Ornate Entrance Lodges (One Also Acts As A Bridge)

They are situated on the former Ballysaggartmore Demesne approx 2.5 kilometres from the town of Lismore in County Waterford, Ireland. The structures are were constructed for an Anglo Irish Landlord, Arthur Keily-Ussher no later than 1834.

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Caro Caro
Community Member
1 month ago

Beautiful photo. I could live in one of those towers.

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Imagine if a huge flood of urban explorers would end up going to a single location. Some of them might be veterans who know to treat the location with care, however, others might be amateurs who damage the place willfully or by accident.

#19

The Magnificence Of An Abandoned Place

The Magnificence Of An Abandoned Place

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Stijn Cornelis
Community Member
1 month ago

That's the 'Handelsbeurs' in Antwerp. Fully renovated by now

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#20

A Roman Bathhouse Still In Use After 2,000 Years In Khenchela, Algeria

A Roman Bathhouse Still In Use After 2,000 Years In Khenchela, Algeria

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 month ago

The Romans knew how to build

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#21

An Old Castle That’s Been Left Behind In England

An Old Castle That’s Been Left Behind In England

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Rich Walker
Community Member
1 month ago

It's not an abandoned castle, it's King Alfred's tower, a folly built in the1760s to commemorate the end of the Seven Years' War against France and the accession of King George III near the location of Egbert's Stone, where it is believed that Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, rallied the Anglo-Saxons in 878 before the Battle of Edington.

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More foot traffic means more wear and tear and that means that the risk of getting hurt increases. Someone might weaken the floorboards in an abandoned shack or someone else might have vandalized the railings, leading to a nasty fall.

#22

Abandoned Beach House Slowly Being Reclaimed By The Sea, North Carolina

Abandoned Beach House Slowly Being Reclaimed By The Sea, North Carolina

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Peter F
Community Member
1 month ago

Lemony snicket house

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#23

Shengsi Islands

Shengsi Islands

There are few reminders of the power of nature as beautiful and stark as the scenes at the abandoned village of Houtouwan, on the Shengsi archipelago just off the Chinese mainland.

This small fishing village was only deserted in the early 1990s, but since then nearly every building has been enveloped by some of the densest greenery you will ever see.

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housea
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m not the only one who sees the figure in red, am I … ?

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#24

Abandoned Hotel Del Salto, Colombia. Explore Or Ignore?

Abandoned Hotel Del Salto, Colombia. Explore Or Ignore?

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Draco's Dragonfly
Community Member
1 month ago

Without the mist, explore. With the mist... Big nope

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Part of being an urban explorer means keeping a lot of information secret, only sharing it with a small handful of trustworthy community members. Posting photos is fine; shouting about where you took them isn’t.

#25

Beautiful Abandoned Miners' Cottages In A Disused Slate Quarry In Snowdonia, North Wales

Beautiful Abandoned Miners' Cottages In A Disused Slate Quarry In Snowdonia, North Wales

The quarry closed in 1969 due to industry decline and because 170-years of working the site had reaulted in waste tips sliding into the main pit workings.

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Suzy McKee Charnas
Community Member
1 month ago

I can't help but imagine the misery of living in one of those stone cells and trudging off every day in that dank, dim air to work in the mines.

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#26

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, France

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Cheri Aline Sydney
Community Member
1 month ago

I love it!!!!

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#27

Abandoned Hotel In Northern Italy (San Pellegrino)

Abandoned Hotel In Northern Italy (San Pellegrino)

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Niyati
Community Member
1 month ago

Reminds me of The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Preparation is everything when it comes to Urbex. That means getting yourself a good pair of gloves, a pair of thick shoes, and wearing a quality dust mask. When you venture out, you should be wearing heavy clothing and perhaps even a helmet of some sort to protect your body from any debris or in the case of a fall.

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Hidden In The Forest

Hidden In The Forest

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Adrian
Community Member
1 month ago

That looks like it wouldn't take much to make it habitable.

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#29

Abandoned Spa Town In The Czech Republic

Abandoned Spa Town In The Czech Republic

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Pearl
Community Member
1 month ago

Tree: Aight, Imma take over now.

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#30

Abandoned Villa In Italy

Abandoned Villa In Italy

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Pearl
Community Member
1 month ago

Those poor beautiful carvings!

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Before you venture out, do some research about the area and the specific location. Reach out to any local Urbex communities or any pals who you know go exploring after school or work. Whenever possible, consider starting your adventure with a partner or two by your side. That way, if one of you gets hurt, the other can help! And that means that you all get back home safely, ready to share your fantastic photos with everyone on the internet.

#31

Ghost Cloud Temple

Ghost Cloud Temple

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The Cute Cat
Community Member
1 month ago

I think this is the pi bedugul hotel in Bali. Abandoned because the building against local rule for not build anything higher then local Pura, so considered to having bad luck.

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#32

Aniva Lighthouse In Sakhalin, North Of Japan

Aniva Lighthouse In Sakhalin, North Of Japan

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Mazer
Community Member
1 month ago

I love these old lighthouses, so cool

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#33

French Castle

French Castle

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Cheri Aline Sydney
Community Member
1 month ago

Great exterior, love the guard dog...

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#34

A Sanatorium, In Poland. Explore Or Ignore?

A Sanatorium, In Poland. Explore Or Ignore?

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Lovin' Life
Community Member
1 month ago

I'd love to explore

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#35

Sintra

Sintra

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André Tiago Almeida
Community Member
1 month ago

This is not abandoned, it is called "Poço Iniciático" (or Well of Initiation), and it belongs to the complex of Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal. It can be visited.

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#36

Skola Tower. Italia

Skola Tower. Italia

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Janice Blaufox
Community Member
1 month ago

Is that the real name? There was no letter K in the Italian language.

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#37

Abandoned Beauty

Abandoned Beauty

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Pearl
Community Member
1 month ago

I'd want to live here. After I figure out how to ward off all the ghosts

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#38

Abandoned Train In Siberia

Abandoned Train In Siberia

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Cheri Aline Sydney
Community Member
1 month ago

... The end of the line...

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#39

Awesome Staircase In Europe

Awesome Staircase In Europe

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Mark Howell
Community Member
1 month ago

Anyone else seeing the divination tower in HP?

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#40

Abandoned Guitar Factory

Abandoned Guitar Factory

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Kerry Andrew
Community Member
1 month ago

This is the saddest to me, all those future notes never being played

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#41

Who’s Interested In Escaping Civilization And Buying Their Own Private Island In Wales? This Fixer Upper Sea Fort With Epic Views Is Now For Sale, It Was Last Upgraded In 1859!

Who’s Interested In Escaping Civilization And Buying Their Own Private Island In Wales? This Fixer Upper Sea Fort With Epic Views Is Now For Sale, It Was Last Upgraded In 1859!

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Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
1 month ago

Sold for 295K, possibly going to be a water park

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#42

An Overgrown Pool At An Abandoned Mansion. Location Unknown

An Overgrown Pool At An Abandoned Mansion. Location Unknown

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matilda
Community Member
1 month ago

Unknown? It's from the TV series The Rain 😉

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#43

Atmosphere In Russia

Atmosphere In Russia

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SAN4ES
Community Member
1 month ago

в России такого добро много

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#44

Abandoned Library

Abandoned Library

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone save the books!

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#45

Volkswagen Graveyard

Volkswagen Graveyard

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J Baker
Community Member
1 month ago

Gross! That forest is full of bugs!

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#46

Abandoned...

Abandoned...

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s. vitkovitsky
Community Member
1 month ago

Where?

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#47

Abandoned Hotel - 2019

Abandoned Hotel - 2019

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Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
1 month ago

They left the wine? Let me at it!

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Smirnykh, Sakhalinskaya Oblast', Russia

Smirnykh, Sakhalinskaya Oblast', Russia

Originally, the airfield on this place was built in the early 20th century for the Imperial Japanese Army and was called Keton. It consisted of a 1200 m long concrete runway, gravel taxiways and about 20 equipped aircraft parking lots.

After the Soviet Union regained control over Sakhalin in 1945, the Smirnykh airfield (both the village and airfield were renamed in 1946 after the battalion commander who died in the battles for the liberation of the island in this area) became home to the 528th Fighter Aviation Regiment, which performed the tasks of air defense of Sakhalin Island and its marine zone.

In 1966, the airfield was reconstructed. A new runway with a length of 2,000 m was built, which was later extended to 2,500 m, as well as reinforced concrete shelters for aircrafts with fan exit to taxiways.

In 1994 the fighter aviation regiment was disbanded. The aircrafts were moved to Komsomolsk-on-Amur, where a storage base was equipped, but later all of them were disposed off. But two MiG-23s, one combat aircraft and one combat trainer, were left in hangars at the Smirnykh, where they remain to this day...

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Debbie
Community Member
1 month ago

Planes in bunkers?!

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#49

If Walls Could Talk...

If Walls Could Talk...

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Beck(formerly Becca/Gizmo sq)
Community Member
1 month ago

I think itbis beautiful.

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#50

Soviet Era Tupolev 104 Jet

Soviet Era Tupolev 104 Jet

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 month ago

Star Wars vibes....

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