9 Photos of Abandoned Cities

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Featured Image – Sanzhi, Taïwan – by Alexander Synaptic.
There’s a certain kind of mystery that tickles our curiosity concerning an abandoned city.  How has it deteriorated? Why? These places inspire us, they are like windows through time that tell us an ancient story. There are probably more abandoned cities than you’d think, here is a round-up of the most mysterious abandoned cities I could find.

Gary, Indiana

Garry Indiana
Have a seat – Gary, Indiana – via Flickr

The city of Gary, Indiana was founded as a booming steel city as the twentieth century passed. The population of Gary is 80,290, making it the ninth-largest city in the state of Indiana. Gary’s population has fallen by 55 percent from a peak of 178,320 in 1960. The population has risen and fallen with the state of the steel industry, leaving abandoned buildings in the city.

Gary's church sanctuary
Methodist Church Sanctuary – Gary, Indiana- by Joe Lax-Salinas

This church is both beautiful and in pitiful state. Because of one of the highest crime rate of Indiana, it was closed in the 1970s and has been vacant ever since.

Detroit, U.S.A.

Time to care from a rooftop in Detroit, Michigan – via Flickr
Detroit - U.S.A
Graffiti in Detroit – by Memories by Mike

Between 1900 and 1930, Detroit has grown tremendously. However, the entry of the U.S. into World War II brought many changes to the city. For over three years (1942-45), the production of commercial automobiles was entirely ceased; instead, all plants would build M5 Stuart tanks, military jeeps, and B-24 bombers for the use of the Allies. The decline of the city has not stopped since (read: Detroit’s bankruptcy follows decades of decay on Yahoo News).

Pripyat, Ukraine

Pripyat is an abandoned city in northern Ukraine.  Close to the site of the infamous Chernobyl incident, the entire city had to be abandoned in 1986 due to nuclear radiation. Pripyat had a population of 49,360 before being evacuated after the nuclear disaster.

Back in Tchernobyl – by Charlie Hasselhoff
A swimming pool hall in Pripyat – by Timm Suess via Wikipedia

Sanzhi, New Taipei, Taïwan

Sanzhi buildings
Sanzhi unused pod city by Carie Kellenberger
Sanzhi or Shanjhih Buildings
UFOs buildings by Chao-Wei Juan

Sanzhi is a rural district in the northern part of Taipei City. In 1978, a real estate developer decides to build a complex of upscale leisure in this city. But in the early 1980s, the lack of money cause the cessation of the construction. Original and futuristic, these homes UFOs of all colors are now prey to the bulldozers.

Bonus: Strange Organ’s Room

The very strange organ's room
The very strange organ’s room – via Flickr

23 thoughts on “9 Photos of Abandoned Cities

  1. Wonderful photo’s. Corporations come and go. When they leave they abandon their buildings and the people who built them.

    1. I look to another nature a reverse of evolution, as we lose oil. The range and amount of vehicle will decline.

  2. You know that Detroit is not abandoned, right?? Or Gary?? Extreme poverty does not equal complete abandonment. That’s actually really rude.

    1. Here here. I live in Youngstown, Ohio and we went from a population of 180,000 to 66,000 in a ver short time and because my family and I still live here the city is not abandoned. You’re right that is rude.

    2. Someone is obviously from Gary or Detroit area! I’m from Gary and while it may not be abandoned yet( fingers crossed🤗) i can see why they were included. They had many of the same after effects as the completely abandoned cities

  3. In just over a month my brother and I are going to Ukraine to visit Chernobyl and Pripyat on a photographic holiday for his 21st birthday. We’re both so excited to visit the historical place in person, feel the emotions of those who once lived there and witness sights that are slowly fading away. It’s so sad that these cities, once thriving with young and old families is now destroyed, and empty.

  4. The “strange” organ room? It actually makes sense — It’s shaped that way for good acoustics so the music will sound fantastic. There’s empty floor space to fill with chairs so that the organist could play for an audience, not just practice and play for herself all the time. I expect the cabinet is for music. The organ is a pipe organ without the pipes. Such a marvelous room for a serious musician to have.

  5. What great photos! Thank you especially for the abandoned pod city shots. I’m curious about the failure given the good location. Such forward-thinking!

  6. The church was so beautiful and so sad.
    Abandoned homes and buildings seem to fall into ruin so much faster than ones that are occupied. This is not just because of vandalism. Its almost as though they lose hope, as the people did that housed them.

  7. Detroit is abandoned, huh? That’s news to me. Many historical buildings and businesses either are being or have been renovated for public use. Try looking at the Book Cadillac Hotel (now a Westin property). It was in TERRIBLE shape, but it has been renovated to it’s former glory and is in use today. Take a peek, it’s gorgeous! What about the conservatory and aquarium on Belle Isle? Both of those were abandoned and in rather dire straights, but both have been preserved and re-opened to the public.Yes, we have a lot of beautiful buildings in bad shape, but we have some wonderful things to be proud of as well. Rock On, Detroit!!

  8. Detroit is far from abandoned…Ever heard of the DIA…Detroit Institute of Art, probably one of the greatest art museums in the world, no less in the U.S. Detroit, home of Motown, go visit where it all started. It is intact and you can learn so much about the “record business”. Barry Gordy was a genius. I recommend you do some research and see what a fun and interesting place Detroit is and getting better everyday.
    Try it!

  9. I enjoy the pictures you have collected. There is mystery and beauty to abandoned places. Thank you for your creativity!

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