When wanderlust meets adrenaline; 8 of the most eerily attractive and abandoned places of the world
The word ‘haunted’ or ‘deserted’ always piques the human interest and inquisitiveness. Tourists flock to places declared haunted or that seem to be housing paranormal activity, just for that rush they feel on the inside. These places, without a doubt have this alluring, eerie aura to themselves that make them look beautiful and frightening at the same time. So without further ado, these are some of the most hauntingly attractive, abandoned places in the world.
1 Sunken Yacht, Antarctica
Brazilian Journalist and entrepreneur, João Lara Mesquita once owned a yacht that went by the name ‘Mar Sem Fim’, which literally translates into ‘Endless Sea’. This yacht which was manned by four crew members, met with it’s untimely end on April 7th, 2012, as the boat capsized and sank into the freezing waters of the Maxwell Bay of Ardley Cover in Antarctica. Photographs of the sunken yacht, before it was rescued in 2013 are bound to send a chill down your spine.
3 Christ Of The Abyss, San Fruttoso
‘Christ of the Abyss’, is a bronze statue of Jesus Christ that was planted on the bed of the bay of San Fruttoso in the year 1954 by the Italian Navy, in memoriam of one of the greatest scuba divers that ever lived, Dario Gonzatti, who passed away in the year 1950. The arms of Christ are stretched out wide and he faces the surface of the water, indicating peace. Although looking at a statue of Christ is supposed to bring about tranquility and peace in you, this one instills fear.
4 Wonderland, Beijing
Pictures of the unfinished, deserted amusement park, photographed amidst the foggy Beijing skies, are testimony of the fact that this place is definitely one of the creepiest abandoned places in the world. Work was stopped short on this place, which was supposed to be Asia’s largest amusement park following the jailing of Chen Xitong, the financial supporter of the construction of Wonderland, for corruption.
5 Kolmanskop, Namibia
Kolmanskop was once a teeming diamond mine and a flourishing town in Namibia, with German architecture and German rulers, who had invaded the place at that period of time. Following the drying up of the diamond mines in the town, the place was abandoned, with only the small houses and buildings remaining. The Namib Desert slowly inched it’s way into the remains, and now the ransacked houses have mini sand dunes inside of them.
6 Hashima Island, Japan
Remember the island which featured in ‘Skyfall’, as the antagonist’s (Javier Bardem) evil lair? The island goes by the name of ‘Hashima Island’ in Japan. Also called the ‘Battleship Island’, because of it’s shape, this place was the site of a number of undersea coal mines that operated in the 20th century. It’s derelict buildings and scenic location make it look like an island straight out of a mystery novel.
7 Pripyat, Ukraine
The Ukrainian city of Pripyat once had over 50,000 inhabitants. But a few days after the fateful Chernobyl disaster, the population dropped down to 0. Now, years have passed since the disaster and radiation levels have decreased to a considerable amount and this ghost town is now open to tourists.
8 Dumas Beach, Gujarat, India
Last but not the least on our list of abandoned places is the Dumas beach in Gujarat, India. This place is famous for two things – one; the black soil on the shores, and two; the spirits that linger by the waves. This strikingly beautiful beach was once a burial ground, which is where the whispering spirits are said to arise from.