10 Creepy, Beautiful Modern Ruins

By SEAMUS PAYNE

Sep 27, 2021

Abandoned Places

In a bay on the northern shores of the Black Sea, the Soviet army maintained an elaborate submarine base throughout much of the Cold War.

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Submarine Base,  Ukraine

In the US, few cities have felt the burn of urban decay more than Detroit. To capture its slow fade into history, photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre explored some of Detroit’s dying landmarks .

Ruins of Detroit by Marchand and Meffre

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It is rare that a ruin like this should decay so gracefully and without the marks of vandalism. The Beelitz Military Hospital in Berlin is in great condition for a ruin.

Beelitz Military Hospital, Berlin

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Under the busy streets of New York City rests a perfectly preserved monument to that city’s transportation history. The City Hall Subway Station was first constructed over 100 years ago.

City Hall Subway Station, NYC

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The Ryugyung Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea is one of the 20th century’s greatest architectural failures. Ground was broken in 1987, construction was halted in 1992.

Ryugyung Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea

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In a span of sixteen years, the population of Pripyat grew from zero to 50,000 and back down to zero, following the greatest nuclear power disaster in human history.

Chernobyl Ground Zero Pripyat, Ukraine

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Decades ago, Varosha (Famagusta) on the island of Cyprus was the top resort destination in the eastern Mediterranean. In 1974, the Turkish intervention in Cyprus brought the area under Turkish control.

Beach Resort City, Varosha, Cyprus

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A massive, indoor water park was planned for the children of Russia, one towering many stories high with a myriad of rides within. It now houses only concrete, metal, graffiti and the curiosity of freelance “urban archaeologists”.

Abandoned Water Park, Russia

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Much like the city of Detroit, Gary, Indiana has been hard hit by the fall of the industrial revolution. While many of its massive industrial factories still operate, hope in the area is very hard to find.

Abandoned Cathedral, Gary, Indiana

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During the Second World War, the British Royal Navy constructed a series of sea forts (Maunsell Sea Forts) for an advanced line of defense against inbound air raids and potential sea invasions from the Axis powers. 

Abandoned British Sea Forts

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