15 Most Famous Abandoned Places that are both Eerie and Beautiful
5 Wreck of the SS America – Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
The United States Lines Ocean Liner SS American Star was tragically destroyed in a severe storm near Playa de Garcey on 18th January 1994. The vessel split in half and lost the rear end. The remaining part of the ship then collapsed on its port side in 2007. It was completely submerged in 2012.
4 The Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The penitentiary was operated between 1829 till 1971 and was considered the country’s first modernized prison. The unique style of a wagon wheel laid the foundation for all prisons to be designed as such. It is now a national Landmark where the prison once played host to famous inmates such as Al Capone and Willie Sutton.
3 The 102-Year-Old Floating Forest in Sydney – Australia
What was left of the SS Ayrfield is now a floating forest. The vessel a huge steam ship was wrecked in Homebush Bay, Australia during World War II. The dismantling yard in the area closed down leaving SS Ayrfield as it is in its abandoned state. Subsequent forest growth on the ship has transformed it into a floating forest.
2 Virginia City Na Nevada City Montana
If you truly want to witness the Wild West, then this ghost town is just for you. Virginia City has been abandoned since 1863 and is surprisingly well preserved along with historic shops and houses typical of an old town of the West. Once home to the famous character Calamity Jane, Nevada City lies just a mile from Virgina city both lying abandoned for more than a hundred years.
1 Kayakoy Turkey
Kayakoy was once a thriving Greek city called Livissi nestled in the Taurus Mountains of Turkey but is now one of the most famous abandoned places in the world. Home to Anatolian Greeks, most of the population fled to Greece in 1923 abandoning the city. Due to a population exchange between Greece and Turkey, the people were banned from returning to their homes. There are almost 350 homes yet no one lives here anymore and the city is now a museum village.