50 Startling Photos of Abandoned Places Around the World

By Sophia Maddox | January 23, 2024

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

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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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.

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.