Some very long time ago, when I thought that this blog will be entirely a hidden diary that nobody would find and care to read, I wrote a note about ghost towns. At that time it was entirely in Polish and I see now how much differently I could have edited it (yes, I learned with time, as everyone should and does all his life) but the subject was hugely interesting and taking my breath away by the unthinkable and dangerous/sad beauty of those abandoned locations. At that time I did also know the term “urban exploration” for the hobby of exploring abandoned buildings, which apparently has become a popular activity over the last decade, which is proved by the amount of blogs, photos (sometimes they are very arty but the places seem to inspire artistic changes). Some claim that the cultural role of urban exploration is very complex and totally archaeo-pop. It’s an interesting mix of archaeological tourism, industrial nostalgia, and the ascendance of “authentic” experiences as markers of the true self.
This time I found more of those inspiring places, left behind by people for some reasons over the course of history. Here’s a selection.
The House of the Bulgarian Communist Party – Mount Buzludzha, Bulgaria
SS Ayrfield – Australia
SS Ayrfield was a steel-hulled, single screw, steam collier built in the UK in 1911 and registered at Sydney in 1912. It was purchased by the Commonwealth Government and used to transport supplies to American troops stationed in the Pacific region during WWII. Now it resides in Homebush Bay, Australia.
Tintern Abbey – village of Tintern in Monmouthshire, Wales
The Abbey was founded in 1131, as the second Cisterian building in Britain. Under the reign of King Henry VIII abbot surrendered Tintern Abbey and all its estates to the King’s visitors and ended a way of life which had lasted 400 years. The village of Tintern adjoins the abbey ruins which are Grade I listed.
Michigan Central Station – Detroit,, Michigan, USA.
The building began operating as Detroit’s main passenger depot in 1913 and was in use until 1988, when the last Amtrak train pulled away from the station.
Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_Central_Station
Theatre in Norwich State Hospital – Connecticut, USA
Last house on Holland Island, USA before the waters of Chesapeake Bay took over the land – residents abandoned the island in 1920 as the waters were raising quickly covering the area of a five-mile-long, 300-person fishing community.
Energomash Rocket Plant – Moscow, Russia
We owe this photos to a Russian blogger who sneaked into the plant not encountering security. Some articles claim she was in trouble for that feat with the Russian government, for publishing photos from a strategically important site.