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Aashish Chopra Apr 14 2015

The most haunting abandoned places on Earth

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If mysterious endings, terrorized pasts and paranormal activities fascinate you, these most haunting abandoned places on Earth need to be on your must-visit list! These ruins offer a glimpse into a past where once there was a thriving life--whether hopeful or terrorized. Check them out!

1. Mirny Diamond Mine, Eastern Siberia, Russia

The second largest man-made hole in the world, the Mirny Diamond Mine used to produce about 10 million carats of diamonds every year during the peak of its operations. The airspace above the mining hole is closed due to recorded incidents of helicopters being sucked in by the downward air flow. Mining here began in 1957 but it was abandoned in 2004 due to the extremely harsh weather conditions.



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2. Tuol Sleng, Cambodia

An abandoned school that sits on a dusty road in Phnom Penh, Tuol Sleng was used as a torture, interrogation and execution centre during the Khmer Rouge regime. Today, the school site has been converted into museum and houses haunting photographs of the inmates and the barbaric conditions prevalent at the site. This site makes for one of the most intriguing reasons to visit Cambodia.



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3. Bhangarh, Rajasthan

One of the most haunted sites in the world, the Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan was established in 1573 and completely abandoned in 1783 after ghost sightings and dark tales started surrounding the fort. A signboard by the Archaeological Survey of India welcomes you when you enter the fort, prohibiting anyone from staying inside the premises after dark.



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4. Hashima Island, Japan

Once a thriving coal mining island, today Hashima is an abandoned uninhabited island that gives the word eerie a new meaning. The island was home to about 5,000 workers and their families before petrol replaced coal as Japan’s main source of fuel. Today, this abandoned island is a concrete jungle with collapsing buildings and rotting stairs.



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5. Orpheum Auditorium, New Bedford

The theatre opened on the same day that Titanic sank--April 15, 1912. It included a theatre, a ballroom, a shooting range, a gymnasium, retail space and several offices and meeting spaces. From being a theatre of performing arts to acting as a warehouse for a tobacco company, the theatre has seen its days. Today, the back of the theatre includes a supermarket while the rest of the place is deserted.



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6. Military Hospital, Beelitz, Germany

The hospital that was built in 1898 was intended to to be sanatorium for the then-fatal conditions such as tuberculosis. However, during the First World War, it served as a hospital for the military. What’s interesting is that it treated the infamous Adolf Hitler who was just a young soldier at that time. Today, the hospital buildings are abandoned and speak of a grisly and gruesome past--reason enough for this to be on our list of most haunting abandoned places on Earth.



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7. El Hotel del Salto, Colombia


The magnificent Hotel del Salto opened in 1928 as a stay option for wealthy travellers visiting the Tequendama Falls. Over the years however, the river water was contaminated and the number of visitors dwindled. The hotel was finally shut down during the 90s owing to the decline in tourists and the haunted tales surrounding it. Many claim that the hotel is haunted by the souls of those who committed suicide by jumping off the cliff.


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8. Vijayanagar, Hampi


The erstwhile capital city of the historic Vijayanagara Empire stands in ruins today in the Bellary district of Karnataka. At one point, the city was home to about 500,000 people making it the second largest city in the world. What’s interesting is that it was almost thrice the size of Paris. The city was later captured and demolished by the Mughals and has been abandoned ever since. Today, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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9. Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia


One of the most modern penitentiaries, the Eastern State Penitentiary was an American prison set up in 1829 in the city of Philadelphia. It revolutionized the model for prison design worldwide with its modern amenities and solitary confinement regime. While it was meant to create penitence in the criminals, some argue that the rigid solitary confinement was more cruel and inhumane than other forms of barbaric punishment. The penitentiary was shut down in 1971 and has been abandoned ever since.

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10. Door to Hell, Turkmenistan


A fiery crater that has been continuously burning for more than 4 decades now, the “Door to Hell” in Turkmenistan was created as a result of a drilling mishap. When scientists decided to burn the gas off, little did they know that the crater would still be aflame and nowhere near burning out even after 40 years. The site has given rise to all sorts of dark theories including its mysterious coincidence of being situated next to a village called ‘Darvaza’ that literally translates into a door!



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Only if walls could talk, some of these most haunting abandoned places on Earth would have stories to tell. Till such time, let the explorer in you wander out and unravel the mysteries of these places. If you know of any more such places, leave a comment below and let us know.

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