35 Photographs of Abandoned Places: Where Eerie and Beautiful Overlap

Abandoned places around the world make for some of the most stunning pictures, but they also have an eerie quality about them. These photos from the popular Twitter account Abandoned Places lead you to wonder about what the place was once like. Kings, queens, empires, cities and even architecture and infrastructure can fade from fame and glory as the years pass.

These photos of abandoned places remind us that nothing is everlasting or indestructible. They are proof that deserted buildings break down, and unused roads vanish as the earth reclaims what was once hers. So much of what’s man-made will eventually surrender to the greatest force around us, the force of nature.

Ta Prohm Temple. Angkor, Cambodia

abandoned Ta Prohm Temple

Ferris Wheel in Chernobyl

Abandoned ferris wheel in Chernobyl

Abandoned Palace, Poland by Lukasz Malkiewicz

Abandoned palace Poland

Abandoned Hotel

abandoned hotel

Ivy Covered Train Tracks, Japan

abandoned Train Tracks, Japan

Abandoned Crystal Mine

Abandoned crystal mine

Abandoned Walkway

abandoned over-water walkway

Abandoned Railroad

Abandoned Railroad

Abandoned Castle Remains

abandoned castle

Abandoned Rail Bridge, Taipingshan National Forrest in Taiwan

Abandoned Rail Bridge, Taipingshan National Forrest in Taiwan

Abandoned Church in Snow

Abandoned church in snow

Abandoned Piano, Pripyat

abandoned piano Pripyat

Abandoned Mall

Abandoned mall

The Last Lighthouse, Alcatraz

abandoned lighthouse Alcatraz

Abandoned Hospital

Abandoned hospital

Mossy Spiral Staircase

mossy spiral staircase

Abandoned Car in Desert, Australia

Abandoned car in the desert of Australia

Abandoned Home Surrounded by Wheat Fields in Oregon

Abandoned home Oregon

Abandoned Cottage, Norway by Max Rive

abandoned cottage

Abandoned Church

Abandoned church 2

Abandoned School Bus Engulfed By Lava

abandoned school bus in lava

Abandoned Roller Coaster by Chris Luckhardt

Abandoned rollercoaster Chris Luckhardt

Abandoned P-39Q, Recovered in Russia

abandoned P-39Q

Abandoned Church in Etienne, France

Abandoned church Etienne, France

Abandoned Frozen Soviet Submarine

Abandoned Frozen Soviet Submarine

Abandoned Roller Coaster “Jet Sky,” New Jersey

Jet Star, abandoned roller coaster in New Jersey

The Paris Inner City Little Belt Railway, Abandoned Since 1934

abandoned Paris Inner City Little Belt Railway

Abandoned Hotel del Salto, Tuquendama Falls area of Colombia

abandoned Hotel del Salto in the Tuquendama Falls area of Colombia

Abandoned Mansion, Italy

abandoned mansion in Italy

Abandoned Train Trestle

abandoned train trestle

Abandoned Castle Ruins, Poland

Castle ruins, Poland

Abandoned Railway, France

Abandoned railway, France

Abandoned U.S. Servicemen WWII Cars, Ardennes

Abandoned WWII cars in the Ardennes

Mental Asylum in Dallas, Texas, 1980′s

Mental Asylum in Dallas Texas

Abandoned Shipwreck, Bermuda Triangle

abandoned Shipwreck Bermuda Triangle

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