Urbex, Urban Art & More
Some time ago Weburbanist did a fantastic article entitled 7 Submerged Wonders of the World, highlighting an astounding selection of underwater cities, monuments and statues. Here’s one with a twist! This semi-submerged bell tower is all that can be seen of the church at Curon Venosta, a small Northern Italian town flooded to make way for an artificial lake.
We’ve all experienced those cliched opening scenes of horror films where the wind whistles through the trees of an overgrown cemetery. But some cemeteries are so eerie that it’s hard not to be taken in by the tangled grave stones fit for any Hammer Horror production and catacombs worthy of Indiana Jones.
The mysterious Nasca Lines etched into the desert of Peru are among the world’s most puzzling ancient geoglyphs. Photographer Christian Haugen has captured one of the many carvings fantastically, which also include stylised hummingbirds, monkeys, sharks, lizards and so on.
Abandoned tunnels are enough to spur the imagination of most urban explorers. The subterranean world beneath some city streets is a labyrinth of deserted subways and abandoned stations. Cincinnati not only hides America’s largest abandoned subway, but one that was also doomed before the completion of the project could ever be realised.
City bosses are often quick to bulldoze deserted buildings that stand on prime locations. But thankfully that isn’t the case with Manchester’s spectacular Victoria Baths. Closed since 1993, the incredibly intact interior and Edwardian-era styling make the baths a photographer’s dream.
The West Lawn building of Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam, British Columbia, deserted since 1983, is a chilling abandoned insane asylum popular with urban explorers and reputedly haunted.
The irony is all in the name! The abandoned Joy Cinema in New Orleans is a sorry sight today. And while their names may not pose such a paradox as “the Joy”, these 8 old movie palaces look like their best years ended with the passing of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Most of the time, the locked doors of abandoned buildings give way to deserted hallways of peeling paint, junk and general emptiness. So what makes them so fascinating? And what makes us want to peer inside? This series of photos should help shed some light on this dusty matter…
Abandoned buildings are like magnets to urban explorers. The human imagination doesn’t need archives and relics to point out the direction of the past and the Castle of Mesen is so impressive that it’s impossible not to be drawn into its weird world.
Our normal daily routines take us past scores of abandoned places. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that anything exists on the other side of the walls…
Scotland’s Outer Hebrides are a repository of history, mystery and enigma, from ancient man to the tough farming folk of more recent centuries. Norse and Celtic influences abound, while the transition from paganism to Christianity is evident in the stone circles and ruined churches.
Boneyards are strange and often fascinating places, where yesterday’s cutting-edge technology rusts away until the time comes for it to be turned into Coke cans. The process can take years, during which time boneyards may amass all manner of junk – and some of it definitely not what you’d expect.
While her days were numbered from the outset, Titanic was a legend during her own lifetime, and has become increasingly immortalised ever since. In this article, we take a look at the famous liner’s origins, from the abandoned Drawing Office and slipways of Harland & Wolff to the murals of east Belfast and the awesome Titanic Quarter that is rising from the dereliction.
For thousands of years, human beings have successfully adapted to their environments and coped with some of the toughest challenges that nature could throw their way. But some places are just so wild that after several millennia, hardy settlers have little choice but to abandon their homes. As such, the lonely islands off the north west coast of Scotland are a swirling mixture of windswept grasslands, craggy sea stacks, shipwrecks and abandoned settlements.
Hello everyone and thanks once again for stopping by! Before I get started, please accept my apologies for the lack of new content over the last week. I’ve been plotting, planning and strategising the future of Urban Ghosts Media, and an exciting new course for 2010! Read on…