50 Startling Photos of Abandoned Places Around the World

By Sophia Maddox | December 26, 2023

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 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.