17 Abandoned Places Around The World That You Probably Didn’t Know About


Interesting places

Thought Catalog

Abandoned cities — even buildings — capture our imagination. From their history to their current dilapidated state, they never fail to invoke the curiosity within us. Who lived there? Why is it abandoned? Why did they settle there in the first place?

1. Kolmanskop, Namibia

German miners settled on this desolate place after finding that the area was rich in diamonds. After WWI, the diamonds were on the verge of depletion and the residents left one by one, until the town was completely abandoned in 1954.

Destination Truth had a “ghost hunt” and heard some eerie things in Kolmanskop.

The town is now bathed with sand, with the grit filling up the first floor of some buildings. Tourists supposedly have to wade knee-deep through sand to take in the majestic ghost town that is Kolmanskop.

2. Humberstone, Chile

Humberstone used to be a saltpeter refinery in northern Chile — it…

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A mid-career journalist who's worked horizontally across India - from Arunachal Pradesh to Gujarat
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