Top 10 Ghost Towns

We can all agree that a few things are as creepy as ghost towns. Lonely, without people, no stores, no cars, no sounds…Nothing. Maybe you think these things are only happening in the movies, but our lovely planet is a home to several ghost towns that once were places full with people. But, there are ghost towns that were planned to be homes to thousands of people but somehow the destiny decided that nobody would live in them.

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#1. Kolmanoskop

This town is located in the south of Namibia and is buried in sand. In 1908 the nearby port Luederitz was “caught” by the golden fever and thousands of people decided to try their luck. They rushed to the Namib Desert and started digging. In only two years the Kolmanoskop was buried in sand. Slowly the wind finished the work and this town today is practically a desert.
Kolmanoskop
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#2. Prypiat

Located in Ukraine, this town was home of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The rest is a history. 50 000 people lived in there prior the explosion. Today it looks like a horror scene from a movie from the eighties.
Prypiat
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#3. San Zhi

When Taiwan people built this futuristic town, they thought it was going to be a resort for rich and famous people. But, during the constriction several fatal mistakes happened so the production was stopped. Soon the money became a problem too, and the enthusiasm dropped on the lowest level. The city never got inhabitants.
San Zhi
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#4. Craco

This Italian medieval fortress was highly populated in the 1600s. People here lived till the 1960s. Most of them moved to North America and the rest (about 2000 people had to move to the nearest village. Today there are only the walls of the houses that once were homes to many.
Craco
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#5. Oradour-Sur-Glane

This village is also known as the horror from the World War 2. It is located in France and has a very sad story. 642 people who lived in the village were massacred by the German soldiers in the World War 2. The ruins of the village are quietly remaining till today, as a proof of what was happening seventy something years ago.
Oradour-Sur-Glane
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#6. Kadykchan

This was a small soviet town who collapsed with the collapse of the Soviet Union. The residents were forced to move to other towns and cities as the town started going down. Most of them in that hurry left their belongings, so today there are old toys, books, furniture and cars to witness that once there were about 12 000 people who had life here.
Kadykchan
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#7. Kowloon Walled City

This ghost town is located in Hong Kong, China, during the British occupation. In the World War 2 the city was occupied by the Japanese army. After the war ended and Japan’s surrender. Neither China nor Brittan wanted to take responsibility for the city, so it didn’t take too long for this once home of 150 000 people to become a lawless place. The trash on the streets, the brothels and illegal business and tall buildings that didn’t let the sun reach the streets soon made this place unbearable for living. The city had to be illuminated with fluorescent lights. By 1993 the town was completely abandoned.
Kowloon Walled City
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#8. Gunkanjima

Also known as the forbidden island in Japan. This is one of the 505 uninhabited islands, located about 15 kilometers of Nagasaki. In 1890 Mitsubishi bought the island having an idea to retrieve coal from the bottom of the sea. Blocks of flats were built in order to provide the workers with homes. Unfortunately the hurricanes that were destroying the island and the substitution of the coal with petroleum made the workers abandon the island. In 1974 Mitsubishi officially closed the mine and ever since nobody lives there.
Gunkanjima
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#9. Famagusta

Once the best tourist town, today just an abandoned place, located on the island of Cyprus. It was a great place to visit and live up until 1974 when the Turkish army gained control over that part of the island. Slowly the nature took over the buildings and since no people reside there at all, the beautiful architecture is slowly falling apart.
Famagusta
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#10. Agdam

Here once lived more than 150 00 people, now this Azerbaijan’s town is just another abandoned city. It literally looks like a scene from a horror movie or as if a terrible war has destroyed the entire place. The city was lost in the Nagorno Karabakh war and afterwards became a territory for vandalism.
Agdam
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