Top 15 Abandoned Cities In The World

Yes, it might sound a little crazy and unreal that how can an entire city be abandoned. But that’s true. Many cities have been abandoned by the people due to several reasons. Let’s get to know about these abandoned cities and the reasons behind abandoning them.

1. Mandu, India:

Mandu, India
Credits: Holidify

This country has always been known for its rich history and phenomena structure. This 500-year-old abandoned city in India is so beautiful that it will take your breath away. The flourishing fortress city was the capital of the Northern Indian Muslim state. This city got completely devoid of people, and no one lived there. It is now a place for visitors to come and enjoy the beauty of the city.

2. Hashima Island: 

Hashima Island
Credits: The Weather Channel

The island is located around 9 miles from the city of Nagasaki. Earlier, the city was highly populated, and industrialization took place here. This island got abandoned in the mid-90s when the coal ran out, and since then, no one lives here.

3. Ruby, Arizona: 

Ruby, Arizona
Credits: Western Mining History

This city was very long abandoned and mining used to take place here in the late 19th century and early 20th century. In the mid-90s when the mining stopped, the city was completely left by the people.

4. Ordos Kangbashi, China: 

Ordos Kangbashi, China
Credits: Forbes

This city is also known as ghost eutopia. This place is completely devoid of life. The grand structures and the need to drive everywhere in the city resulted in the discomfort of the residents. And they were not able to enjoy life.

5. Tianducheng, China: 

Tianducheng, China
Credits: Nomadasaurus

This abandoned city is again from china. This city is a copy cat of many European cities. Be it London or Paris or Venice. It has a replica of the monument from these cities, but apart from all these things, this city is still abandoned by the people. 

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6. Humberstone, Chile: 

Humberstone, Chile
Credits: Daily Mail

This city is named after a British chemical engineer who mined here for the mineral salt pitter. This mineral was used for producing fertilizers. In the late 80s, after World War 1, the Britishers banned this mineral from selling in Germany, which forced the Germans to stop mining in Chile. This city has been abandoned since then.

7. Varosha, Cyprus: 

Varosha, Cyprus, Abandoned cities
Credits: Hurriyet Daily News

This city was once one of the most populated tourist destinations in the world and very popular too. In the early 1970s, a special Turkish army took control of the city and banned anyone in the city other than their military. Many people were forced to leave their homes, and they never returned. This city is now covered with plants, and it is officially a ghost town now.

8. Bodie, California:

Bodie, California
Credits: Saving Places

 In the late 1800s, gold was discovered in this town, which led to the increase in mining in this town. Due to this, the town grew largely in population, and it had all the amenities for the residents. After around 50-60 years, this city had a massive drop in population, and soon it went down to zero.

9. Pripyat, Ukraine:

Pripyat, Ukraine
Credits: Atlas Obscura

 This city held a population of nearly 50,000 people, and now it is just a ghost town. The city is a radioactive city that forced all the residents to leave their homes, making it an abandoned city. However, the radiation is relatively low now, but it is still not an appropriate place to live.

10. Centralia, Pennsylvania: 

Centralia, Pennsylvania
Credits: The Harlem Line

In the late 1800s, this place was a home for around 2500 people. Many residents here worked for the mining companies. But in 2017, this city got abandoned due to the mine fire. This fire damaged the whole city, burning over some 300 feet deep. This place soon became a dangerous place to live, and the fire is still burning beneath the area, and it is expected to be burning for n another 150 years. 

11. North Brother Island, New York:

North Brother Island, New York
Credits: Untapped Cities

 This island has a hospital on it which is now completely abandoned and is full of trees and covered with plants. This hospital was built to keep the patients in quarantine with a highly contagious disease like smallpox. The hospital was closed in the 1930s, leaving the island abandoned. Later it was rebuilt to be used as a rehab center for drug addicts. But it again got shut down and got abandoned.

12. Craco, Itlay: 

Craco, Italy
Credits: Italian Ways

This city in Itlay is situated on a 1300 foot tall cliff. It was home to Greeks, Italians, and many more other people. Natural disasters like landslides, earthquakes, etc., forced the residents to leave this city. This city has become uninhabited, and no one lives there.

13. Oradour-Sur-Glane, France:

 Oradour-Sur-Glane, France
Credits: France Bleu

This city has destroyed by the Nazis. They killed hundreds of people within several hours. Due to the huge massacre that happened at this place, this village got abandoned, and even now, no one wants to live here. It reminds the cruelty and the barbaric act of the Nazis, and it is never decided to rebuild.

14. Balestrino, Italy: 

Balestrino, Italy
Credits: Atlas Obscure

This hillside town is full of mystery. Even the residents are not fully aware of the exact reason behind the abandonment of the city. No one is really known when or why or by whom the city was abandoned. But the town is still standing and is covered with plants, and is indeed a ghost town.

15. Ashgabat, Turkmenistan: 

Ashgabat Turkmenistan
Credits: Adventure

This city is not completely abandoned, but you would not find a single person on the road during the day. This city is also known as the new North Korea. It has everything from its big hotels, stadiums, etc. But people have several restrictions over them. If they say anything wrong about the leader, they just get vanished. No one knows where they disappear. How scary is that!

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