18 Eerie Abandoned Locations That You MUST See to Believe!
Post-apocalyptic films have become one of the most commercially viable niche genres in the entertainment industry. There is something eerie about taking familiar places, like a town, while completely emptying them of people. If you want to see what life in a post-apocalyptic movie might be like (without the danger!) consider heading to these eerie and abandoned places found all over the world!
Abandoned Jet- Kazan City
Let’s start our journey by heading to the outskirts of Kazan City where a TU-144 passenger jet found an unlikely home. As far as we can tell, this jet sits outside the Kazan State Technical University as some sort of memorial. We’re not sure what it all means, but you can find the jet on Google Street View and Google Earth if you care to look for yourself.
Chicken Church – Magelang, Indonesia
Gereja Ayama a.k.a. the Chicken Church sits in Magelang, Indonesia. This giant Chicken Church was built in the 1990s as a worship and rehab facility for people of every stripe. Construction costs for the project would end up causing delays and the project has since been abandoned.
The Devil’s Bridge – Rakotzbrucke, Germany
This 19th-century bridge can be found in Rakotzbrucke, Germany. This shot was taken in Autumn to showcase how the seasons can impact the colors of the region. If you look at the surface of the water, you’ll see that the reflection causes the bridge to become a complete circle.
Tianducheng – Hangzhou, China
No, this isn’t a screenshot of 28 Days Later. Instead, this is of the Tianducheng District in China, just 40 minutes away from Hangzhou. This city was built for a population of 10,000 but less than 20% of that number remains. Yes, that is a replica of the Eiffel Tower and yes it is as creepy as it looks.
Old Store – Fukushima, Japan
As far as abandoned places go, you might want to skip out on any nuclear disaster sites. Still, this incredible photo gives us a glance inside a store in Fukushima. In 2011, mankind and nature collided for one of the biggest catastrophes in the history of Japan. A tsunami and earthquake bore down upon Fukushima, thus creating a nuclear disaster. We are still learning the extent of the impact of the disaster today.
Rummu Prison – Estonia
We would not want to be locked up in the Rummu Prison anymore! This creepy prison is found in Estonia. Built by the Soviet Union and fully functional until the 1940s, Rummu Prison has since been submerged in water. Prisoners would be forced to work the quarry nearby when the building was in operation.
McDermott’s Castle – Ireland
This stunning image was captured in Roscommon, Ireland. Pictured on the island is McDermott’s Castle, a 12th-century structure that was built atop Lake Lough Key. Unfortunately, this gorgeous castle would see tragedy in 1184 as a fire led to the death of nearly the entire population. Of the few survivors was Conchobar Mac Diarmata.
Pripyat – Ukraine
If you’ve watched HBO’s Chernobyl, you know what you are looking at. For everyone else, this is the city of Pripyat in Ukraine. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster would rock the region in 1986, sending unforeseen consequences in all directions. Now one of the most famous abandoned places on earth, Pripyat hosts thrill-seeking dark tourists from all over the planet.
Christ of the Abyss – Italy
If you have thalassophobia, now is your chance to turn back! This is Christ of the Abyss, a massive sculpture that sits 15 meters below the ocean in Italy. Created by Guido Galletti, this statue was erected (floated into place?) in 1954. The statue has since been removed, restored, and put back into its original spot. Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for the HVAC guy to get here.
Dome Homes – Marco Island, Florida
These crazy looking domes look like they were ripped right off of Tattooine. Instead, these homes can be found at the edge of Marco Island in Florida. Built in 1981, these homes were once used as a vacation destination for traveling families. Unfortunately, changes in the shoreline rendered them all but unusable.
Kejonuma Leisure Land – Japan
Kejonuma Leisure Land first opened in 1979. This former theme park was built in Japan as an all-inclusive resort for families looking to vacation on a budget. Visitors could rent small huts, or they could opt to stay at the communal campsite. There was also a hotel on the premises. The owner would shut the park down in 200 to start drilling the land for resources. Now, only the Ferris Wheel remains.
Houtouwan – Shengshan Island, China
Houtouwan is a former fishing village that sits on an island nearly 100 miles southeast of Shanghai. Abandoned for decades, this ghost town has been completely taken over by mother nature. A few people still live on the island to sell supplies to visiting tourists.
Chatillon Car Graveyard – Chatillon, Belgium
Is this a scene from AMC’s The Walking Dead? It sure looks like it, doesn’t it? Instead, we are looking at a small village called Chatillon in Belgium. During World War II, U.S. soldiers would purchase or otherwise appropriate vehicles for use during the war. When the war ended, these soldiers had to decide if they wanted to pay to ship their cars home. It looks like more than a couple of soldiers couldn’t afford a German export!
Maunsell Sea Forts – England
The Maunsell Sea Forts are located in England and boy, oh boy, do they look cool. If you love abandoned oceanic locations, the Maunsell Sea Forts are impossibly to ignore. Originally erected to defend England from air raids during World War II, they were quickly decommissioned in the ’50s. Pirate radio operators briefly used these buildings as a base for their work, though now they are abandoned.
Mount Sinabung – Karo, Indonesia
If you are looking for creepy abandoned places, you can’t go wrong by heading to Mount Sinabung in Karo, Indonesia. This picture shows Sinabung roaring to life for a volcanic eruption in 2010. As the volcano hadn’t been active for nearly 400 years, people were forced to leave everything behind to survive. Now highly active, Mount Sinabung is no longer considered habitable.
City Methodist Church – Gary, Indiana
You won’t believe it by looking at it, but this is the City Methodist Church located right in the middle of Gary, Indiana. This Romanesque cathedral is nine stories tall and was built in 1926 via financing by U.S. Steel. As the steel industry ground to a halt, so too went funding for this gorgeous building. Nowadays, this ancient structure is a hotspot for photographers from all over the world.
Selma Plantation – Virginia
The Selma Plantation Estate was purchased by Sharon Virts and Scott Miller in 2016. The couple plans to renovate this sprawling ancient home to preserve its history while preparing it for inhabitation. We’re not screenwriters, but that sure feels like the opening to any number of haunted house movies. Could you last a night in there alone?
Great Train Graveyard – Uyuni, Bolivia
This incredible image isn’t from an Indiana Jones movie! Instead, you are looking at the Great Train Graveyard of Uyuni in Bolivia. Uyuni is largely known for its red lakes and sprawling salt flats, but don’t let that fool you. This cemetery of antique trains features units dating back to the 19th century. Once home to a booming region for mineral mining, Uyuni is now heralded for the skeletons of trains once used to transport said minerals.