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  • Bars, Restaurants and Avante Garde: 5 Fashionable Former Public Toilets

    Bars, Restaurants and Avante Garde: 5 Fashionable Former Public Toilets

    It’s safe to assume that most people don’t visit public toilets for recreational purposes. But you may be surprised to hear that dozens of old lavatories are reused today for purposes other than answering a call of nature. Who would have thought that, thanks to a little imagination, you might even end up fine dining in a dank Victorian loo!

     
  • 5 of the World’s Most Imposing Statues

    5 of the World’s Most Imposing Statues

    It’s not every day you come across sculptures that make the Statue of Liberty look small. But in more recent years dozens of immense statues have shot up all over the world demonstrating that – whatever their inherent symbolism – size does matter. Here is a selection of the most gigantic and awe inspiring effigies on the planet.

     
  • New York Subway’s Beautiful Abandoned City Hall Station

    New York Subway’s Beautiful Abandoned City Hall Station

    With a recent post delving into the murky underground tunnels of London, it seems only right to mention a true gem from another great city’s subterranea – New York City’s long closed City Hall subway station. From the very beginning, this station was envisioned to be the grand centrepiece of a new transport network, yet it has been largely deserted since 1945. Come in and see…

     
  • The Midget Submarines of Aberlady

    The Midget Submarines of Aberlady

    Aberlady Bay is an area of outstanding natural beauty skirting the windswept Scottish coast, near the town of North Berwick. A walkers’ paradise and wildlife haven, few people know the history behind the only man-made objects to punctuate the sand at low tide, or their crucial role in sinking one of World War Two’s most formidable battleships.

     
  • 13 Abandoned Theatres and Cinemas

    13 Abandoned Theatres and Cinemas

    Of all the abandoned buildings popular with urban explorers, theatres and cinemas are among the most coveted. As we’ve discussed previously, seeing a derelict cinema from the inside is like travelling back through time. Historically infused with generations of pleasure and enjoyment, it’s strange to consider how these old playhouses and picture palaces today linger on behind locked doors. Here are 13 great images to peak your curiosity and spur your imagination.

     
  • 3 of America’s Most Haunted Places

    3 of America’s Most Haunted Places

    The fearsome reputations surrounding certain historic – and often abandoned – places mean it doesn’t need to be Halloween for ghosts and ghouls to come crawling out of the woodwork. These three venues, where the spirits of the dead reportedly run riot in a ghastly ghostly carnival, might offer the more supernaturally minded among you some ideas for where to explore – or to stay well away from…

     
  • Stalin’s “Railway of Bones”

    Stalin’s “Railway of Bones”

    It was doomed to be an unfinished project that would claim almost 15,000 lives. Today the remains of Stalin’s vast railway, which was set to run within the Arctic Circle from Salekhard to Igarka, can be found rusting in the icy tundra. History would later remember it as the “railway of bones”.

     
  • Abandon All Hope: 4 Derelict Lunatic Asylums

    Abandon All Hope: 4 Derelict Lunatic Asylums

    It isn’t long since “lunatic asylums” were common-place in the world’s more advanced societies. The taboo of mental illness combined with a lack of understanding of the issue meant sufferers were often isolated from society for long periods – sometimes indefinitely. Take into account the horrifying conditions within and the terrifyingly institutional look of the buildings themselves, and entering the asylum must have evoked the inscription from Dante’s Inferno: Abandon all hope ye who enter…

     
  • Abandoned MiGs & Other Aircraft: Former Soviet Hardware From Iraq to Russia

    Abandoned MiGs & Other Aircraft: Former Soviet Hardware From Iraq to Russia

    “The Mig” and all the aircraft variants that name covers, has become a veritable icon of the Cold War. The vast number built by Russia over the last half century and heavily exported means that, while some remain airborne, others lie derelict or destroyed from Siberia to Iraq and beyond. Here are just a few that continue to languish on in various states of disrepair.

     
  • Chernobyl Rescue Operation: The Vehicle Graveyard

    Chernobyl Rescue Operation: The Vehicle Graveyard

    The Chernobyl disaster is widely believed to be the worst of its kind in the history of nuclear power. The nearby city of Pripyat, which was built to house the plant’s workers, has become a well known ghost town in the wake of the catastrophe. But what became of the scores of military vehicles – helicopters, fire engines and tanks – that fought the burning nuclear fuel spewing out of the remains of the station’s fourth reactor?

     
 
 
 
 

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