50 Startling Photos of Abandoned Places Around the World

By Sophia Maddox | February 20, 2024

Romania’s Sinking Village of Geamana Finally Succumbed to a Toxic Lake

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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The Romanian valley of Geamana flourished until an environmental calamity overtook the landscape and turned it into a toxic flood zone. An eager bid for copper in the area during the 1970s led to the deliberate flooding of Geamana's valley that brought toxic leavings from the mining zones along with it.

Residents were ultimately forced to relocate from the tiny village, leaving only a small church steeple piercing through the chalky, chemical-laden lake as the only evidence the town ever existed. This unsettling image tells the story of Geamana and its ill fate at the hands of local industry. The solemn presence of the village church submerged against the toxic lake stands as a somber warning to future generations.

The Canfranc Station, Spain, Is the Fallen Star of Europe’s Historic Railway Crossroads

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Deep within the Pyrenees lies the dormant yet spectacular Canfranc International Railway Station. Its Art Nouveau elegance offers a faded reminder of a time when the site was a bustling mecca of European travel. The station opened in 1928 to connect France with Spain and was globally renowned as one of the world's largest and most luxurious transportation hubs.

Canfranc International Railway Station came complete with an opulent hotel, high-end dining experience, and original custom facilities. The station’s lively platforms were frequented by countless international celebrities.