• 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?

     
  • Urban Decay: 7 Abandoned Swimming Pools

    Urban Decay: 7 Abandoned Swimming Pools

    Urban decay is often at its most poignant in former recreational buildings, such as old cinemas. Abandoned swimming baths also have a unique character to them, often with ornate tiling and elaborate iron work decorating their balconies and staircases. Designed to offer a touch of elegance, stepping inside is like travelling through time.

     
  • World War Two Meets Science Fiction: Pirate Radio and Micronations

    World War Two Meets Science Fiction: Pirate Radio and Micronations

    These bizarre fortified towers look more like a cross between the Imperial Walkers from Star Wars and the Martians from War of the Worlds. In the context of the time they were built – the Second World War – they must have looked impossibly futuristic. Today, their rusting shells seem like an invading hoard of mechanical monsters – the opposite, in fact, of what they actually are.

     
  • Abandoned Aircraft From Across the World

    Abandoned Aircraft From Across the World

    Modern aircraft are at the forefront of cutting edge technology and science, defying the laws of physics on a daily basis through a myriad of computer-controlled interventions. But once their service lives are over, military aircraft in particular can go from being multi-million dollar front-line hardware to mere scrap value.

     
  • The Road to Bagram

    The Road to Bagram

    The road to Bagram Airfield in the Parwan Province of Afghanistan is littered with the spoils of war, most of it now completely destroyed. The desert floor abounds with the wreckage of Soviet era military equipment, including tanks and other armoured vehicles.

     
  • Exploring Mysterious Abandoned Mansions

    Exploring Mysterious Abandoned Mansions

    Many of us would jump at the opportunity to live in a period property. The thought of reclaiming the character intrinsic within those old features and integrating it into a modern living space is irresistable, barring the price tag of course! Here’s a small selection of some very fine yet derelict mansions. If money were no object, how would you fancy taking on one of these as a renovation project?

     
  • The Abandoned City of Pripyat

    The Abandoned City of Pripyat

    As seen in this earlier post, there are numerous reasons why settlements become deserted and are reduced to ghost towns. Depletion of natural resources, surplus industry and lawlessness have all contributed to settlers uprooting themselves and their families and moving on. But sometimes disasters on an unprecedented scale can lead to larger urban areas – even whole cities – being abandoned.

     
  • Images of Abandoned RAF Binbrook

    Images of Abandoned RAF Binbrook

    For those who enjoyed the article several days ago about the former RAF base at Binbrook and the associated mystery that surrounds it, here are some photographs of the disused base, taken yesterday!  While the […]

     
 


 
 
 

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