22 truly stunning shots of abandoned places

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There are places out there in the world which human beings abandoned long ago, leaving nature to reclaim them in their entirety. They often make for a sight that is both frightening and fascinating. They allow us to glimpse a landscape of the future — when humanity has left or ceased to be.

The ruins of an old castle in Sintra, Portugal



An abandoned church in Detroit, USA



Crystal Mill, Colorado, USA




A forgotten railway tunnel in Paris, France



Sintra Well, Portugal



A ghost town destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, Belchite, Spain


A house in the countryside, Norway


The skeleton of a stranded ship in County Louth, Ireland




A lonely abandoned church, France



Another abandoned chapel



The yellow brick road in a deserted ’Land of Oz’ theme park, North Carolina, USA



The once popular ’Stairway to Heaven’, Oahu, Hawaii



An abandoned ship near Fuerteventura, Canary Islands



A crumbling castle in Kopice, Poland



A deserted fishing village on the Yangtze River, China




Another deserted castle



The Hotel del Salto, Colombia



What remains of an old palace, Belgium


An abandoned country house


A nightclub ravaged by fire, Austria


The wreck of a merchant ship, the Red Sea


A once beautiful conservatory in a winter garden












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