50 Mesmerizing Photos of Abandoned Places Around the World

By Sophia Maddox | March 21, 2024

Romania’s Turda Salt Mine Is an Astonishing Living Salt Formation Turned Subterranean Wonderland

Come along on a trip around the world with us to visit some of the most visually stunning and occasionally haunting abandoned spaces. Each breathtaking image reflects a historically significant location once brimming with life and purpose.

Today, the following monuments stand alone as a signifier of bygone eras. From ancient fairytale-like palaces to forgotten covert military infrastructure, these abandoned buildings are a stark reminder of time's fleeting nature.

 

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Discover Salina Turda

The Salina Turda Salt Mine sits deep beneath the rolling hills of Transylvania. This below-ground wonderland dates back to the 17th century and has endured a remarkable transformation since that time. The site was primarily used for salt extraction and has since been turned into a surreal theme park.

Halite structures compose the park’s otherworldly chambers where miners once tirelessly extracted salt. The mine's walls, ceilings, and stairways are all meticulously carved from the surrounding live salt formation. Visitors can take tranquil boat rides through the underground lake, enjoy the underground amphitheater, or take a peaceful ride on the Ferris wheel. It has been said that the salt content from the mine could meet the needs of the entire plant for the next 60 years.

The Tranquil Fields of Lincoln, Massachusetts Reveal an Unsettling Equine Mystery in Ponyhenge

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Ponyhenge is a curious display of rocking horses and other themed toys that can’t help but attract the attention of the casual passerby. This enigmatic (or, um, super weird) collection of plastic hobby horses marks a rather peculiar sight amid New England’s rural landscape. There’s no shortage of local folklore surrounding the eerie site.


As the legend goes, Ponyhenge started with a single rocking horse abandoned by an unknown party. Over time, more equine figures began to mysteriously accumulate until they attracted more anonymous donors. Contributors started to display this unusual collection in a unique circular pattern reminiscent of the ancient megaliths. The ever-expanding assemblage of toy horses has been said to mysteriously migrate from one part of the circle to another. The spontaneity of the display lends the area a truly unique expression that can’t be found elsewhere.