50 Startling Photos of Abandoned Places Around the World

By Sophia Maddox | February 13, 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 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.