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8 Strange Abandoned Places (Slideshow)

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8 Strange Abandoned Places (Slideshow)

 

We’re all familiar with the ruins of ancient civilizations, but what about more recent history? From businesses that went belly-up to environmental disasters forcing the evacuation of entire towns, check out some fascinating and strange abandoned ruins of the modern age.

Prypiat, Ukraine

Originally built to house workers at the nearby Chernobyl Power Plant, the city was evacuated after the nuclear disaster. Once a city of about 50,000 people, structures like high-rise apartment buildings, restaurants, shops, swimming pools and even an amusement park have been decaying since 1986. Trees now grow inside buildings. In this picture, you’ll see the remains of a kindergarten classroom.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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7:47PM PDT on May 18, 2014

Thanks for posting.

1:46AM PDT on May 18, 2014

Thanks!

4:27AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

Check out any of China's 'ghost cities' - where huge government stimulus spending went to!

9:25AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

wow...

4:50PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Haunting really.

4:49PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Very interesting indeed.

2:10AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

these places are fascinating! we don't have many in the uk, but i like visiting any i come across. there's something about the paint falling off the walls and the smell that really brings home how short our lives are and that we as individuals live relatively unmarked and unmemorable lives that are easy to forget to the future generations. i'd love to visit some of the old sanitariums and asylums in america. that'd be a dream come true!

8:31AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:00AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

I find places like this to be so sad--all those people, with their hopes and dreams--all gone, all devastated.
I do like ghost houses--now, that's where I like to "get the feel of" a by-gone era--it's like stepping out of "today" and into "yesterday"!

1:58AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

thanks

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