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Example of deportee dwelling in arctic regions of Siberia

Jurta (a type of dwelling from Soviet GULAGS in Siberia) in Rumšiškės ethnographic museum

Once the proud 150,000+ capital city of Azerbaijan this dense and thriving city was taken by the Armenians and utterly trashed, vandalized and then abandoned. However, the Armenians still claim the territory as their own so no one has returned to reclaim the wrecked and ravished ruins of the city. However, some explorers still make their way to photograph what is left of this city whose residents may never see it again.

What in the world could cause entire cities to become abandoned? Here are twenty-four haunting real-life ghost villages, towns and cities from around the world.

Centralia, Pennsylvania -  In 1962 an exposed seam of coal in an abandoned strip  mine caught fire and crept underground.  For two decades workers tried to extinguish the fire until 1983 when the town had to be abandoned as carbon monoxide levels reached life threatening levels.   The fire, heat and toxic gases that came up from the ground have literally ripped the town and streets apart.  The fire stills burns today.

Ghost Town in Pennsylvania – The Centralia Mine Fire

Centralia, Pennsylvania - In 1962 an exposed seam of coal in an abandoned strip mine caught fire and crept underground. For two decades workers tried to extinguish the fire until 1983 when the town had to be abandoned as carbon monoxide levels reached life threatening levels. The fire, heat and toxic gases that came up from the ground have literally ripped the town and streets apart. The fire stills burns today.

rural-ruins-orphanage. A photographer calling himself ‘boklm’ stumbled upon this abandoned orphanage in a small village to the south of Paris. The facility seems to have closed sometime around 1990. He says, “We saw stables, a barn half collapsed, a tennis court, some offices, small houses, a small church, something like a restaurant or canteen, kitchens, a few other buildings with rooms.”

rural-ruins-orphanage. A photographer calling himself ‘boklm’ stumbled upon this abandoned orphanage in a small village to the south of Paris. The facility seems to have closed sometime around 1990. He says, “We saw stables, a barn half collapsed, a tennis court, some offices, small houses, a small church, something like a restaurant or canteen, kitchens, a few other buildings with rooms.”

An pioneer school rests peacefully in knee high grass in the abandoned ghost town of Nemiskam Alberta.

A pioneer school rests peacefully in knee high grass in the abandoned ghost town of Nemiskam Alberta.

Humberstone Chile was built around the rush to produce sodium nitrate as fertilizer. However, when the American economy went bust during the Great Depression demand dropped and by the time the world economy had recovered sufficiently most interested had shifted to other fertilizers leaving this town quite literally in the dust. Structures left behind include an abandoned swimming pool, schools, grocers a market place and a theater.

20 Abandoned Cities from Around the World: Deserted Towns and Other Derelict Places

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