50 Mesmerizing Photos of Abandoned Places Around the World

By Sophia Maddox | March 28, 2024

Echoes of Cape Romano's Futuristic Dreams Are on Display in This Abandoned Florida Dome Home Development

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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This cluster of derelict dome home structures off the coast of Marco Island, along its Cape Romano coast, look like strange orbs designed by a breakaway subaquatic civilization. As if out of a futuristic dream, these dwellings have long since succumbed to Florida’s notoriously powerful forces of nature.



 

The visionary dome structures were built by retired oil executive Bob Lee as an ecologically sustainable vacation home, complete with off-grid solar power and a forward-looking water collection system. The distinctive round shapes of this dwelling reflect an eco-friendly vision for modern living that has yet to be realized. At the same time, the abandoned domes point to a fading chapter in architectural history as the dome structures have long since fallen out of style.

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.