Five Abandoned Places That Are Safer, and More Interesting, Than Detroit

Abandoned places tend to produce both intrigue and superstition at the same time. Urban exploration has brought this fascination into the limelight, with people exploring abandoned places and posting videos and photos on the Internet. When it comes to the most intriguing abandoned locations around the world, there are five that are sure to intrigue any inquiring mind and they are all bound to be safer than visiting Detroit.

 

5. San Zhi, Taiwan. In the late 70’s this town was slated to become a hot vacation destination, and construction commenced on bizarrely pod-shaped buildings. Due to investment losses, the project was abandoned after two years and the site is claimed to be haunted by evil spirits. The abandoned buildings became a minor tourist attraction by themselves, due to their interesting design. In an odd bit of irony, the area is slated to be demolished and turned into a tourist destination.

4. Centralia, Pennsylvania. Centralia Pennsylvania is a stark reminder of the dangers inherent in modern coal mining. In 1962, a fire started in a coal mine beneath the town. No one thought much of the raging inferno beneath their feet until 1981, when a young boy fell into a 150 foot deep hole that ripped open beneath his feet. After this event, most residents of the town relocated, but there are currently twelve residents who still remain. The fire is expected to burn for at least another 500 years.

3. Gagri, Abkhazia. Gagri is a formerly Russian town located on the Black Sea. Once a Russian resort town, this sub-tropical paradise is now largely abandoned and crumbling. As recently as 1989, this area had a population of about 26,000 residents. Due to the war torn nature of the area, it is now practically abandoned. Sadly, this now decaying city was home to several historically important landmarks including the ruins of a fortress dating back to the 4th century.

2. Pripyat, Ukraine. This modern ghost town had the misfortune of being located near the infamous Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Two days after the disaster, Russian officials evacuated the town and residents left much of their possessions behind. Modernly, this ghost town is becoming a popular tourist destination, despite its radioactive situation, with tour companies offering tourists a glimpse of the deserted city.

1. Poveglia Island, Italy. This eerie island has the distinction of being a dumping ground for massive amounts of black plague victims as well as being home to a modern “mad” doctor who built a sanatorium on the island. Stories and folklore abound about the torture and barbaric experiments performed on the patients, and the island is largely rumored to be haunted. Folklore aside, it is very intriguing to note this island is strictly off-limits to tourists and locals alike.

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