There is nothing more haunting than a once-thriving town that has been abandoned and consumed by the elements. Here are stories of some of the most incredible ghost towns in the world.
Kilamba New City, Luanda, Angola
The city was designed to house up to 500,000 people when completed, and built by the state-owned China International Trust and Investment Corporation few years ago. It has 750 colourful eight-storied apartment blocks, a dozen schools, shopping malls with cinema, a five-star hotel and more than 100 retail units. Only 220 apartments had been sold from the first 2,800 until July 2012, but now the city grows slowly.
Kolmanskop was founded in 1908, in the middle of the Namibian diamond fever, but the city with a casino, a hospital and a school was slowly deserted right after the First World War, when the diamond sales dropped.
Kayaköy, southwestern Turkey
This village was built on the site of the ancient city of Carmylessus in the mid-18th Century. It has an almost only Greek Christian population since 1923, when the village became abandoned after a population change between Greece and Turkey. Since then it’s a museum with intact Greek-style houses and two Greek Christian churches.
The city named after the nearby Pripyat River was only inhabited for 16 years. All 45,000 residents were evacuated a few days after the Chernobyl disaster in April 1986. It has an amusement park that was opened only for a couple of hours and a big train station on the outskirts of the city.
Residencial Francisco Hernando development, El Quiñón of Seseña, Spain
The 13,500 units were built during the construction boom of the early 2000s for almost $12 billion. Utilities like water and gas lines were not included in the plans. Some of the completed apartments had been sold, but only fewer than a third of them were occupied.
Houses of Sanzhi Pod City or ‘Ruins of the future’, Taiwan
The project was abandoned in 1980 due to investment losses and car accidents and it turned to one of the spookiest towns in the world. Every single spaceship-like houses were demolished between 2008 and 2010.