Abandoned places can often be more beautiful than they were when they were fully functional. Urban explorers all over the world often visit these places and take magnificent photographs of places we would never see otherwise. This is often done by trespassing and can also be very dangerous, however the photos they get are sometimes so special you can’t help but admire them for doing what they do.

Here are 10 very cool abandoned places from all over the world.

Sanzhi, Taiwan
The Sanzhi UFO houses, also known as the Sanzhi pod houses were constructed back in 1978. The houses were meant to be a holiday resort and were marketed towards US military personnel who were coming from postings in East Asia. However, losses in investment as well as car accident deaths on the site during construction meant that the project was never finished.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t really belong on a list of cool abandoned places any more, the entire site was demolished in 2010 and is now being made into a water park.
Sanzhi

IM Cooling Tower, Belgium
The IM cooling tower is located Charleroi, Belgium. It is owned and was operated by a company called Electrabel from 1930 until the plant ceased operations in 2005. Not much else is really known about the tower however if you wish to see it on Google Maps the these are the coordinates: 50.394759,4.381457.
Belgium Cooling TowerCooling Tower

The Maunsell Sea Forts, England
These coll abandoned places may look like something from the Star Wars movies, however they are nothing more than military posts in England. The Maunsell forts are small fortified towers built in the Thames and Mersey estuaries during WW2 to help defend England and the rest of the UK. They were operated by both the army and navy and named after the designer, Guy Maunsell. These are just one cluster of forts, many others were built in various different styles, however they were decommissioned in the 1950’s and have since been entirely abandoned or used  for different purposes.

One of the forts is now owned by the Bates family who called the fort ‘Sealand’ and claim it is an independent nation, they even crowned themselves as the Royal Family of Sealand.
The Manusell Sea Forts

Michigan Central Station, Detroit
When it comes to cool abandoned places the Michigan Central Station is easily one of the very best! The Michigan Central Station was built in 1912 for the Michigan Central rail-road. It opened in 1913 and at the time of its construction it was the tallest train station in the world, the station closed its doors in 1988 and fell into ruin.

The new owners in 2008 said they would work with the city to try and renovate the building at a cost of between $80 and $300 million. The problem the owners had is that they were unsure what to do with it, however light maintenance work started in 2011 and is ongoing.
Michigan Central StationInside Michingan Central Station

Salto Hotel, Colombia
The Salto Hotel opened its doors in 1928 and was originally opened to serve the tourists who came to look at the 157 meter waterfall that it sits near. However, the interest in the waterfall declined and the hotel closed down in the early 1990’s. The eerie look of the hotel meant that people believed it was haunted, however, it the building reopened it’s doors in 2012 as a museum and is no longer abandoned.
Salto Hotel

10 Very Cool Abandoned Places

Hashima Island, Japan
Hashima Island, also known as Battleship Island because of its shape, is an island that was populated between 1887 and 1974 as a coal mining facility. However, as mining for coal slowed across the country and other energy sources were used the island began to close down and leave behind this wonderful ghost island.

Since 2009 tourists trips to the island have been available so anyone can now go and visit the island. This island also served as the inspiration behind the island in Skyfall (2012) used by villain Raoul Silva.
Hashima IslandDeserted Island

Valley of the Mills, Italy
This mill in Sorento (Italy) was abandoned in 1866. The mill was used to ground wheat but what isolated from the sea by the construction of Tasso Square, this raised humidity and caused it to be left abandoned.
Abandoned Mill

Pripyat, Ukraine
When it comes to cool abandoned places, Pripyat is one of the most well known. Pripyat is a small town in the Ukraine established in 1970 near the border with Belarus. It was home to many workers of the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The power plant disastrously melted in 1986 in what became known as the ‘Chernobyl Disaster’ and the town was evacuated.

Pripyat remains a radioactive ghost town which can only be visited by guided tours.
PripyatPripyat Arial View

Island Home, South-West Florida
These alien-like domes were once the summer home of oil produce Bob Lee. Bob Lee purchased a number of lots of land on the isolated southern tip of Marco Island in Cape Romano, Florida in 1981 and began to build his summer home, he had already built a prototype of the summer home on land at his property in Tennessee.

The property was used for sometime before being abandoned, the water has since crept closer and closer to the building and leaves much of it submerged. Cool abandoned places don’t come any cooler than your own alien-dome home!
Pripyat Arial View

Abandoned City Hall Subway Stop, New York
This stunning metro station sits underneath City Hall in New York City and because of its location, much attention was given to its design. However, nearby stations meant that it would never get receive very much traffic and its curved layout meant that it was unsafe for use with newer, longer trains.

The station was closed in 1945 and remains closed today with the exception of a few exclusive tours.
Cool Abandoned Places