They seem like a horror film scene in a dystopian future, places "haunted" by the past and their present desolation. However, these ghost cities attract millions of visitors each year. Some were evacuated due to disasters caused by man, others fade away along with their industrial decline.
These are some of the most typical ghost towns around the world.
Pripyat is probably the most "famous" ghost town in the world. Located close to the Ukrainian border with Belarus. Its inhabitants abandoned it after the tragic nuclear accident at Chernobyl in April 1986.
According to scientists the area is not habitable and will not be for another 20,000 years.
Island Hashima, Japan
Fans of James Bond would recognize the island Hashima Japan, also known as Gunkanjima as the enemy's hideout of 007, Raoul Silva, in the film Skyfall. More than 5000 people lived there until April 1974 when the colliery closed and the island was abandoned and left in time and the elements to do their work.
Corrupted by the Nazis during WWII village Oradour-sur-Glane was a tragic place where 642 inhabitants were massacred in June 1944. Today its ruins are a memorial to the people who were executed or burnt alive back then. Among them were 400 women and children.
From afar one can think of Varosha like any coastal area being crowded by lovers of sun and sea. But when approaching one can see that it is one of the most gruesome coasts in the world.
But in 1974, the city of 40,000 residents was invaded by Turkish troops and abandoned.
The town Bodie, California is typical of settlements that flourished and prospered during the gold search and then left to wilt when hunting was "deflated".
It was evacuated in December 1943 as the Allied forces needed its land to prepare the invasion in Normand during WWII.
The sand is now the only tenant ... in those homes of this once thriving city in the Namib Desert.
Port Arthur, Tasmania
It is the most popular tourist attraction and a Tasmanian World Heritage Site. Although its prison was closed in 1877, a new community developed in the century that followed.
Deep in the rain forests of Brazil are hidden the ruins of the city Fordlandia, which had built by Henry Ford in 1928 for rubber plantation that could fuel the factories of Michigan.
Polar bears are probably the main residents of Pyramiden Area in Norway, town of miners of Soviet era which officially abandoned in 1998.
The island served as a Leper to 1957, five years before it has been deserted. There, isolated lepers lived arriving from Crete and the rest of Greece. Today tourists can wander the island by boat arriving there from Crete.
Share their past glory and their ignominious present with others!