What would happen if people suddenly disappear from the world? The places in this article are live examples of what could happen if a place is left to rot. Several places on our planet have been subject to desertion. There are strong reasons behind their abandonment. Few common reasons are danger, not in use and paranormal activities. The notion of such reasons leave us terrified and a creepy feeling starts to engulf us. You will be amazed and horrified to know some of these abandoned places exist on Earth.
Here are the 10 creepy places around the world which are abandoned now:
10. Cincinnati Subway, Ohio, USA
A 2.2 mile long underground tunnel just beneath the city of Cincinnati, Ohio is an abandoned subway. 1910 marks the start of a project of Rapid Transit System which was unfortunately abandoned in 1928 due to escalating costs. Are you an adventure enthusiast? If you like spelunking, caving or pot-holing, then this subway is for you to enjoy the creepy feeling. The end points of the tunnels are occupied by the homeless. The deep inside of the subway, you are going to experience the scary, haunted, creepy and intriguing feelings.
9. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India
During the invasion of the Mughals, 10,000 people were living in the Fort City of Bhangarh, Rajasthan in India. Today, it is an abandoned place famous for ghost stories. As per the legend, the place was cursed by a black magician who fell in love with the Princess of Bhangarh and died due to his own trickery. The Archaeological Survey of India has put up a board warning people not to enter the fort at night as it is alleged to be haunted. According to a report by Times of India on 21st Apr 2017, the locals claim that whoever tries to stay inside the fort after sunset have never returned. The fort smells of mystery and restlessness in day time and may provide enough jerks of paranormal activities in the night. People feel the creepy atmosphere there but the incidents are to be authenticated.
8. Centralia, Pennsylvania, USA
Centralia is the least populated borough in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, USA. The population of this near-ghost town has come down from more than 1000 in 1980 to just 7 in 2013. The population here started to decrease as a result of coal mine fire which has been burning beneath the borough since 1962. The blaze has left the place in abandonment and creepy. The place is at an elevation of 1467 feet. Centralia attracts visitors who are eager to witness the mine fire. According to reports, the fire would burn for 250 years. Creepily, this place has several lonely roads, abandoned underground maze, lonely roads, four cemeteries, broken houses and dangerously cracked grounds with sulfurous gases billowing out. The ground is warm even during winters. You can explore the eerie town but your driveway may disappear as the town has been on fire for more than five decades.
7. Kolmanskop, Namib, Namibia
Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) audio recorder might interpret spirit voices in the desert town of Kolmanskop, Namibia. The deserted homes, hospital, workshops once loved by people welcome the visitors with eerie stunning looks. German miners settled there from 1910 as they found diamonds in the desert. However after World War I, the diamond deposit depleted and in 1954 the town was finally abandoned and turned a ‘Dust Devil’. As you pass through the buildings filled with knee-deep sand all over the place give a creepy feeling. The rooms, stairs and attics are all under the sand. This ghost town is slowly sinking due to constant waves of sand breeze, where once 700 families lived. Tourists visit Kolmanskop in search to get whisper of winds in daytime and whisper of ghost in night-time.
6. Oradour-sur-Glane, France
Orradour-sur-Glane is a small village in the West-Central France. In 1944, a Nazi German Waffen-SS company massacred 642 inhabitants of this village. It was to avenge the kidnapping of Hlemut Kampfe, a commander of Battalion of the Nazi. 247 women and 205 children died in this brutal attack. They were either shot or burnt. The remains of this village are untouched and preserved after French President Charles de Gaulle ordered that they should bear the witness of open wound. A visit to this village where the innocent lives were lost would leave you in sadness and freezing. It is considered as one of the biggest massacres of civilians in France during the Second World War.
5. Hashima Island, Japan
A ghost island in Japan, the Hashima Island was populated for 100 years from 1900 for its undersea coal mines. At a distance from sea it looks like a weird battleship. In 1974 the coal mines were closed and since then the island has become an abandoned concrete jungle reminding us of the “Dark History”. The Korean and Chinese forced labourers were used by Japan which is referred to as the “Dark History”.
However Hashima Island was listed under UNESCO World heritage site in July 2015. This eerie place is Nagasaki’s major attraction to get a dose of creepy feeling. One can witness the apocalyptic waste land giving a bizarre sight everywhere perhaps it is intensely haunted and not an island to be visited at night. Though the place is abandoned, it is open to public with restrictions as many of the buildings pose the dangers of crumbling. A visit to Hashima Island would satisfy your macabre curiosity.
4. The Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic
The Sedlec Ossuary is one of the creepiest places on earth and the most haunted places in Europe. It is in Prague, a church entirely built on human bones and skulls. The eerie atmosphere, ghostly sights make the visitor’s skin crawling. The earth removed from outside of Jerusalem’s walls where Jesus was said to have been crucified, were sprinkled over the Abbey cemetery, Prague. In turn the cemetery turned into a holy place where more burials desired and done.
The mass grave yielded an uncontrolled pile-up of human skeletons, and over the centuries, this Roman Catholic chapel was built with bones. The history of the ossuary dates back to 13th Century but the entrance of the chapel was completed only in 1710. The ossuary was featured in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” It is estimated that the ossuary holds the bones and skulls of at least 40,000 people, who died in 1318 due to the plague disease and who died during the Hussite Wars. You may call it a church or cemetery or wonder or hell, but your spine would be chilled.
3. Village Pluckley, England
Pluckley, a tiny village in the district of Kent, South East England is a strange place where 12 different ghosts have been reported. In 1989, Guinness Book of Records entered Pluckley as “the most haunted village in Britain.” Though, it has a population of around 1000 people, a visit to the church of St. Nicholas will chill your bones. The abandoned and spooky places are Dering Arms public house, Devil’s Bush, Dicky Buss’s lane, Elvey Farm Hotel, Fright Corner, Mill Hill, Rose Court, Station road and so on. There are several places which are left to decay. The Sun dated 21st Jul 2015, reported the creepy phenomenon of several people witnessing paranormal activities in the village. If you are a thrill seeker or a serious ghost hunter then a visit to the “Screaming Woods” and “Devil’s Bush” is a must.
2. Aokigahara Forest, Mt. Fuji, Japan
The world’s second most popular suicide location is none other than Aokigahara Forest near Mount Fuji, Japan. It is also called as “Sea of Trees” or “Suicide Forest”. In the year 2003 alone, 105 dead bodies have been discovered. The Geological Survey of Japan accepts that the navigational compasses won’t work perfectly here due to rocks’ natural magnetism. The abandoned 30 square kilometer woodland is a creepy place where you can sense the large amounts of suicide. To add more to the creepiness, this forest comes with 200 caves and complete darkness due to the thick cover of trees. Visiting this unwelcoming forest shall bug the hell out of us as we may tumble upon corpses. The Government of Japan engage police forces to conduct searches for dead bodies annually.
1. Pripyat, Ukraine
Imagine an abandoned place with an area of 7 million square feet where over 49,000 people lived once. Today, you will not find a single soul in the entire area of Pripyat, the land of oblivion. Here, we introduce the ghost city from Ukraine. The catastrophic nuclear accident of Chernobyl in 1986 left 31 direct deaths and thousands of people with cancer risks. This place is definitely not safe to visit as the radiation levels are dangerously high even today. Malls, schools, great sports arena, bus stations, rail-stations and many houses are left to rot and decay due to disuse for decades. The place looks creepy today which will chill your head with goosebumps. Several Ukrainian companies offer guided tours to the place to experience the eeriness. When you step here, you experience the creepy feeling of devastation, loneliness and the potential danger of radiation.