The thought of trekking through old abandoned buildings might not be your idea of the perfect vacation (or maybe it is), but that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the beauty of a building long forgotten.
Every location tells a story, and even if you don’t know the history behind each building, that doesn’t mean you can’t sense what went on there or create your own version of what you thought might’ve happened.
More Than A Century In The Making
No matter how beautiful your building was at the time, or how well-built it was, if you leave it for long enough, Mother Nature will always find a way to sneak in and add her own touch.
Alone At The Seaside
Sitting tall on the waterfront of the Black Sea in Constanta, Romania, it would be hard to miss this beautiful building that was once a casino. The casino opened to the public in 1910, was used briefly as a hospital during World War II, and was then made a restaurant but maintaining the elaborate building became too expensive, so it was abandoned in the 1990s.
Untouched Under The Water
The amazing underwater city of Shicheng is more than 1300 years old, but it has only been submerged since 1959 due to the construction of a hydropower station. While it’s a centuries-old city, it’s remained sealed underwater and protected from wind or rain erosion, preserving it in good condition.
Romanian Renovation Project
You might have thought that you knew how to take a luxurious bath, but unless your bathroom looks something like this Romanian bathhouse that featured pools built of red marble, you don’t know luxury.
We can’t imagine living in a home that has a ballroom, let alone a home with a ballroom that has a ceiling painted like the Sistine Chapel. How could anyone leave this behind?
Perched On A Hill In Portugal
Does anyone else get the feeling from this photo that there may be something still living in this abandoned mansion in Portugal? If The Haunting of Hill House is ever in need of filming locations, this should be on the list.
La Petite Ceinture
The railway itself hasn’t been in use for decades, but Paris’ La Petite Ceinture is still a beautiful location to visit and a well-preserved piece of the city’s long history.
Falling Apart In The Fall
What used to be a grand hotel in central Europe is now just the remains of the former establishment, flourishing in the fall foliage for anyone to visit and admire.
The New (Old) Orpheum Theater
It may look more old than new now, but the New Bedford Orpheum in Massachusetts was a sight to behold when it first opened in April 1912. The opening night of this theatre was actually the same night that the Titanic sank, on April 14.
The Sound Of Silence In Germany
How could someone leave a beautiful instrument behind? Found in the middle of a pavilion at a derelict sanatorium in Germany, this piano was the only thing left behind in this section of the beautiful abandoned grounds.
Second Story Secret
You never know what might lie just below the surface of something, or in this case what lies on the second floor. While the first floor of this abandoned farm in Belgium was completely gutted, the second floor was practically untouched by time.
The Sound Of Music Floating Through The Building
It’s as if this piano is floating on air in its own preserved section of a sanatorium in Beelitz, Germany. The material is thought to be insulation material, perhaps from an attempt at restoring the building.
A Winter Garden Full Of Life
Though it hasn’t seen anyone living there in quite some time, this winter garden at a large mansion in a rural village in France is still vibrant with color and other forms of life beside occupants.
A Piece Of History
A section of the Beelitz-Heilstatten military hospital in Beelitz, Germany, Adolf Hitler was said to have recuperated from a leg wound incurred during the Battle of the Somme in 1916 at this hospital. Parts of the hospital are still operational, but it’s mostly abandoned after the Soviets withdrew in 1995.
Japan’s Ghost Island
More than just an abandoned building, Japan’s Hashima Island is an entire city that was left to its own devices after the island’s population slowly moved on in the late 1900s. The island provided access to undersea coal mines in the 1800s and 1900s, but as Japan switched from coal to petroleum, there was no longer a need for the mines.
Abandoned In Antwerp
How could any establishment want to move on from an incredible building like this one? This beautiful building was the Antwerp stock exchange building until 1998, when it was abandoned. A restoration of this building has since been completed.
The Remains Of Monastic Beauty
Someone put their heart and soul into the creation and carving of this beautiful building, but now these paintings are all that’s left of what used to be an Italian monastery.
Once an explosives warehouse associated with a famous Japanese gold and silver mine, this forgotten building now stands tall in the middle of a forest for anyone to stumble upon and appreciate.
The Still Standing Sanatorium
Why is it that the most beautiful abandoned places all seem to have been sanitoriums at some point in their former life? This building is a former Soviet sanatorium in what is now known as Georgia.
A Sci-Fi-Esque Monument Still Standing
Formerly the House Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party, the monument was left behind after the fall of the Soviet Union. The House was built to commemorate the events of the group of socialists who formed the movement that eventually led to the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party.