• The Monastery of Sant Cugat

    The Monastery of Sant Cugat

    In photography, there’s no denying that having a good subject certainly helps. But skill with a lens will elevate that subject to new heights. In this series of pictures, Reinante El Pintor de Fuego captures the Monastery of Sant Cugat in Catalonia with exquisite results.

     
  • “Scariest Places on Earth”: The Paris Catacombs

    “Scariest Places on Earth”: The Paris Catacombs

    For urban explorers, few places are more coveted than the Catacombs of Paris. Long sealed off to the public, these harrowing subterranean chambers house an 18th century cemetery – essentially an anonymous mass grave. Beyond this, a labyrinth of tunnels extends for 280km beneath Paris in a network of disused stone mines and galleries.

     
  • Drinking with Kings: 5 Fantastic Medieval Pubs

    Drinking with Kings: 5 Fantastic Medieval Pubs

    As many people know, the local pub is the cornerstone of British culture. Not only that, the country itself is rather old, meaning you can pop for a pint at establishments formerly visited by the likes of King Richard the Lionheart and Oliver Cromwell. Here is an assortment of medieval ale houses to whet your appetite as we near the weekend.

     
  • 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…

     
  • 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…

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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”.

     
  • Punuk Islands: The Graveyard of the Bering Sea

    Punuk Islands: The Graveyard of the Bering Sea

    There’s something deeply unsettling about an isolated cluster of islands that is also a natural graveyard. But thanks to the strong Bering Sea currents, the Punuk Islands have become the final resting place of both man and beast.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Little John’s Grave and the Robin Hood Connection

    Little John’s Grave and the Robin Hood Connection

    The Peak District in Northern England is an ancient landscape steeped in myth and legend, none more enduring than that of Robin Hood. Robin’s friend Little John appears alongside him in early accounts dating from 1420 to 1440, and a headstone in Hathersage churchyard is even marked with his name.

     
 


 
 
 

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