Not all donuts succeed with a hole. Around the world there are many buildings born as airports or stations that were supposed to serve millions of tourists but, in a short time, they ended up deteriorating or in disuse. There are thousands to be honest but, in this article we went looking for some of the ones that intrigued us for history, charm and more. Here they are with photos below:
Nicosia International Airport was once the main airport on the island of Cyprus. Much of the airport is now disused and is now used in part as a headquarters for the United Nations peacekeeping forces;
2. Detroit’s Michigan Central Station was originally a warehouse closed for a fire in late 1913 and opened as a station in early 1914 … Formed by a 13-story office tower, it was one of the tallest buildings at the time in the world. The station remained open until 1988 and now only minor renovations have been done, until 2018, when the Ford Motor Company purchased the building for various uses.
3. The Gudauta train station in Abkhazia is an example of how far it left the war and the subsequent abandonment of many historic buildings. If you want to read and see more photos about this region, you can read our dedicated article.
4. The Athens-Ellinikon airport was the Athens international airport until 2011 then, with the arrival of the new airport it was completely abandoned. It is located 7 km from the Greek capital and since 2011 a museum dedicated to Olympic Airways, the Greek national airline, has been opened.
5. The Canfranc station was closed in 1970 following an accident with no injuries … It is the border station between France and Spain and, having different gauge railways, it also served as an exchange and transport of goods and people between the two countries. It is currently only affected by local traffic.
6. Ciudad Real International Airport or Ciudad Real International Airport opened in 2009 but in 2012 the company that ran it went bankrupt and Vueling also withdrew the last flight. In 2019 it was reopened without any success.
This weekend I got the craving for ghost towns and, after yesterday’s article, I decided to reply with this one, which however only speaks of a particular place. I had found a lot of information around. So many that I couldn’t limit them to just one continent. After all, when you travel or organize a trip, ideas come up all the time.
Between history and legends
It seems that the name of this village goes back to a certain John Coleman, a hauler who during a sandstorm got stuck with his cart in front of what would later become the same day settlement. The translation of Kolmanskop from Afrikaans (Germanic language present in southern Africa) means Cape of Coleman, which would link the event to the name of the ghost town.
Back in 1908, when the railway between Luderitz and Ketmanshoop was built, Kolmanshop was just a small train station. It was around this time that a railway worker found a shiny stone in this area and brought it to his foreman. The latter, a certain August Stauch, was a spare-time mineralogist and had ordered his workers to bring him any particular stone they had found in the area. Established with his future business partner Sohnke Nissen (a mining engineer) that this first stone was a diamond, he secured the property by starting diamond mining for years to come.
Although the two new business partners hadn’t shouted the new discovery too much, the news soon spread and Kolmaskop became a favorite destination for adventurers and diamond seekers from all over the world. As early as 1911, electricity was supplied to Kolmaskop and a school, a casino, a theater and a bowling alley had been built. A hospital was also built which had the first X-ray machine in all of southern Africa which probably served to verify that the workers did not swallow the diamonds!
With the beginning of the First World War, in 1914 production in these areas was almost completely eliminated and with it the German era ended. Then in 1928, new sites were discovered south of Luderitz while here the mines were gradually running out. From 1938 they began to take away all the machinery and slowly Kolmanskop was abandoned, leaving room for the advance of the desert.
The last inhabitant left kolmaskop in the late 1950s
It may happen that, between one trip and another, we feel like trying our luck and organizing something a little more exciting than usual. You know, traveling alone can mean a few more unexpected events but, if for one reason or another we decide to get away from everything and everyone, here are some cities or villages around Europe that only the bravest should visit traveling alone.
These are some villages that for various reasons (geological events, wars or more), have been evacuated and never returned to their original state. The inhabitants have been relocated en masse to new nearby settlements and now only onlookers, photographers and wildlife roam here.
1.Oradour sur Glane: This French village not far from Limoges is remembered for a massacre that took place on June 10, 1944, during the Second World War. Here 642 people lost their lives and, since then, only a museum of memory has been established here. Everything else is in a state of neglect. If you decide to come here, remember what happened and that it still remains a place of memory.
2.Doel, in Belgium, has a very special history: up to the 1970s it had a thousand inhabitants but with the new project to expand the port of Antwerp it was decided to start demolishing houses here. However, there are still a few hundred “dissidents” who do not want to know about selling their house and, today, Doel has become the village of street art and murals. So there remain closed windows and doors and walls full of incredible drawings. Maybe a visit here could be worth a few hours of your trip if you are passionate about street art
3. Pripyat also has a very special history. It was evacuated after the Chernobyl disaster, the well-known accident at the nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986 that initially caused 65 deaths. Pripyat, evacuated after the disaster, can now be visited thanks to some Kiev tour operators who organize excursions here. On the way back, if you just can’t resist the idea of visiting this desolate place, there are still many radiation checks. It even seems that a few hundred inhabitants managed to escape control and now reside permanently here.
4.If it is already hard to think of going to the Svalbard Islands (either alone or with others), trying to get to Pyramiden could prove to be fascinating but somewhat prohibitive. Founded as a mining town in 1910, Pyramiden bears this name due to the shape of the mountain behind it. In 1998 it was abandoned by the last Russian miners after being used by several mining companies for years. Since 2011 it seems to have been inhabited again for tourist purposes. If you do not like the idea of coming here to meet bears, birds, wild animals and some humans, however, know that on the Svalbard Islands you can visit 3 other ghost towns: -Advent City -Grumantbyen ( photo below) -Colesbukta … unless a polar bear eats you first
5. Belchite, in Spain, was also destroyed by a war. We are in the period of the Spanish Civil War and on 22 August 1937 a siege begins which will only end at the beginning of September. Belchite will be completely destroyed and only a monument of the heroes will remain here. Some films will also be shot after Belchite. But what you see in the photo below is what remains of the historic center of the city.
6.Craco is a small town in the province of Matera in Italy and in the 1950s it began to depopulate due to a landslide that endangered the stability of its houses. At the beginning of the 80s Craco became a ghost town even if today it is a real tourist destination and even a film set on some occasions. Surely a destination within the reach of even the most fearful.
7. Dvigrad is a medieval Croatian city also called Due Castelli. Its history has been full of battles and continuous sieges which it has often resisted thanks to its fortifications but, only in 1715, after a strong malaria epidemic, even the last inhabitants were forced to leave
8.Not much information about Jantuha, a city in Abkhazia, one of the autonomous republics in which Georgia (formerly the Soviet Union) is divided, but it is certain that looking at the image probably even the most fearless of solitary travelers would find it difficult to enter such a desolate and abandoned place. Doesn’t it remind you of a scene from the film “Eurotrip”?
9.This is a real gem and, even if we don’t recommend sleeping at night, it’s sure to be worth a visit. Kayakoy is a completely abandoned Greek-style village that overlooks the Aegean Sea but stands, or rather once stood on the Turkish coasts. The inhabitants now live in the valley and tourism is certainly not lacking here thanks to these splendid ruins surrounded by greenery. For all types of travelers.
Ten. Irbene and Skrunda-1 in Latvia are two Russian military bases with giant radars that are also abandoned. If you want to take a beach holiday, here we are not very far from the fresh seas of Northern Europe and, judging by the photos, already inside the abandoned site, you can see some sand dunes. There are also some hotels in the area. Think about it!