23 Truly Stunning Shots of Abandoned Places

There are places out there in the world which human beings abandoned long ago, leaving nature to reclaim them in their entirety. They often make for a sight that is both frightening and fascinating. They allow us to glimpse a landscape of the future — when humanity has left or ceased to be. The Instagram user itsabandoned offers many such images that help us to think about the future of our world.

 We don’t want to ignore the seriousness of this problem t00, but above all, we want to share with you the sheer mysterious beauty of these places. Take a look — we think you’ll agree. Just stunning!

The ruins of an old castle in Sintra, Portugal

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An abandoned church in Detroit, USA

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Crystal Mill, Colorado, USA

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A forgotten railway tunnel in Paris, France

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Sintra Well, Portugal

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A ghost town destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, Belchite, Spain

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A house in the countryside, Norway

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The skeleton of a stranded ship in County Louth, Ireland

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A lonely abandoned church, France

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Another abandoned chapel

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The yellow brick road in a deserted ’Land of Oz’ theme park, North Carolina, USA

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The once popular ’Stairway to Heaven’, Oahu, Hawaii

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An abandoned ship near Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

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A crumbling castle in Kopice, Poland

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A deserted fishing village on the Yangtze River, China

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Another deserted castle

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The Hotel del Salto, Colombia

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What remains of an old palace, Belgium

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An abandoned country house

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A nightclub ravaged by fire, Austria

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The wreck of a merchant ship, the Red Sea

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A once beautiful conservatory in a winter garden

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The Orient Express, Belgium

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