Monday, 27 February 2017

A Little Secret . . .

THERE are many beautiful abandoned buildings and places in Europe have you ever visited any of them? They all have a different story to tell of their abandonment . . . 

Lake Reschen in Bolzano - Italy
This artificial lake is famous for the steeple of a submerged 14th-century church; when the water freezes, this can be reached on foot.

Craco in Matera- Italy
Now a ghost town Craco was abandoned in 1963 die to recurring landslides.

Spreepark in Berlin - Germany
Spreepark was opened in 1969 as Kulturpark Plänterwald the only constant amusement park in Germany but in 2002 its owners fled to Peru leaving a huge debt behind and the park was closed.

Buzludzha Communist Headquarters in Gabrovo - Bulgaria

Built by the Bulgarian communist regime to commemorate the events in 1891 when the socialists led by Dimitar Blagoev assembled secretly in the area to form an organised socialist movement.

Buyukada Orphelinat in Istanbul - Turkey
Built in 1898 as a hotel, it never opened due to lack of proper planning permissions. It remained abandoned for a long time until a wealthy Greek philanthropist turned it into a school and orphanage for children but it was again abandoned in the 1960's. Wardens live in a tiny house but are not allowed to let you in.

Canfranc Station, Canfranc - Spain

In 1970 a train derailment demolished a bridge on the French side of the mountains, the French decided not to rebuild the bridge, the cross border line was closed and never re-opened. Closed to the public except during guided tours in July and August offered via the local tourist office.

Varosha in Famagusta - Cyprus
Located within Northern Cyprus prior to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, it was the modern tourist area of Famagusta. Its inhabitants fled during the invasion, and it has remained abandoned ever since.

Balestrino in Liguria - Italy
Abandoned in 1953 for hydrogeological instability, the old town on the top of the hill is a ghost town whereas the modern town built below is still inhabited today.

Pripyat Amusement Park, Pripyat - Ukraine
The Pripyat amusement park was an upcoming amusement park due to be opened on May 1, 1986, but the plans were interrupted when on April 26 the Chernobyl disaster occurred a few kilometers away. The amusement park can be found behind the Palace of Culture in the centre of the city.

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Picture Credit: Renate Bomm 98384468@N04/29450221016  via photopin, Eichental 11875415@N04/30302540435 Spreepark via photopin, jwsal85 130535894@N08/16085801804  via/photopin, maecces 91769900@N08/29806859042 Balestrino via photopin, Matt. Create 76583692@N00/14048283292 Ferris Wheel, Pripyat, Ukraine via photopin

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