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  • San Francisco’s Stunningly Overgrown Palace of Fine Arts

    San Francisco’s Stunningly Overgrown Palace of Fine Arts

    After a week in the California desert with almost zero internet connection, and a brief trip to San Francisco, I’m relieved to finally be back at the computer! It was a longer haitus than expected and I don’t plan on allowing a similar amount of time to elapse between articles in future, but I did manage to get a few cool pics of one of San Fran’s most impressive landmarks. Check it out…

     
  • 5 Bizarre Buildings From Europe to North America

    5 Bizarre Buildings From Europe to North America

    Weird architecture extends far beyond Brutalism and the scary Cold War edificies of the Eastern Bloc. Across the world, people have made their home and work spaces out of trains, planes, automobiles and the even more bizarre. Read on for a selection of wierd and wonderful buildings in Europe and North America…

     
  • Gary, Indiana: 8 Amazing Abandonment Images

    Gary, Indiana: 8 Amazing Abandonment Images

    Gary, Indiana was built in 1906 around the new United States Steel Corporation plant, and named after chairman Elbert H. Gary. The elegance of early 20th century architecture is reflected in many of the city’s buildings. But this only serves to make Gary mysterious and somewhat bizarre – because many of these grand structures are rotting away in dereliction. Read more…

     
  • 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.

     
  • Lost in Time: The Disused Kingsway Tram Subway

    Lost in Time: The Disused Kingsway Tram Subway

    Lurking deep beneath London is a labyrinth of tunnels incorporating underground railways, secret passages, drainage systems and subterranean chambers. The long-abandoned Kingsway Tram Subway is an elusive place that offers a unique glimpse into the past…

     
  • 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…

     
 


 
 
 

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