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15 Hauntingly Beautiful Yet Abandoned Places In The World

11. The Maunsell Sea Forts in England

The Maunsell Sea Forts in England
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Under attack from Luftwaffe, the official name for the Nazi air force founded in 1935, during World War II, the United Kingdom commissioned engineerm Guy Maunsell to minimise damage and prevent further attack. He came up with an innovative strategy and built an army of sea forts. These impressive concrete structures boasted of walkways and an arsenal of anti-aircraft cannons, to take on British enemies in the sky.

Of all the sea forts that were constructed, only Red Sands, Shivering Sands and Fort Roughs remain to this day. The rest, after being decommissioned by the 1950a, were destroyed due to collisions with civilian ships. These forts serve as architectural reminders of the war.(source)

12. Abandoned dome houses in Southwest Florida

Abandoned dome houses in Southwest Florida
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Built in 1980 at Cape Romano, these weirdly shaped houses were a DIY project of a retired oil producer, Bob Lee. They were homes of the future, – self-sustaining and solar powered. Bob Lee and his family spent a considerable amount of time in these houses before Hurricane Andrew caused damage in the area. Remarkably, the houses were untouched.

These dome houses were then purchased by John Tosto in 2005, when hurricane struck again. The houses were not as lucky, the second time around and, today, they lie abandoned, completely reclaimed by the sea.(source)

13. Kolmanskop in the Namib Desert

Kolmanskop in the Namib Desert
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The town of Kolmanskop was completely eaten away by the desert and, today, it is infested with stories of ghosts and echoes of a more prosperous time. Legend has it that in the 1900s, this town in southern Namibia, Africa was blessed with a bounty of diamonds. Kolmanskop found promise as a mining town but its glittering future turned to dust after the first World War. Within forty years, Kolmanskop became a ghost town.

It was buried by sand and left to its dismal fate. The African town of Kolmanskop had met its end. For more pictures, scroll through the article linked below.(source)


14. Kalavantin Durg near Panvel, India

Kalavantin Durg near Panvel, India
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Not much is known about the ‘world’s most dangerous fortress’ other than the fact that it was built for a queen after whom the fort is named. Prabalgad Fort, also known as Kalavantin Durg or Kalavantin’s Fort, is located  between Matheran and Panvel in the Indian state of Maharashtra, at a height of 2,300 feet in the Western Ghats. The steps leading up to the fort have been cut out of the rock of the hills and the fort has also been nicknamed ‘The Climb to Heaven’, as the steps are without the security of railing or rope.(source)

Would you dare to look down?

15. Remains of the SS Ayrfield in Homebush bay, Australia

The remains of the SS Ayrfield in Homebush Bay, Australia
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The most famous of the decommissioned ships in Homebush bay, Australia is the SS Ayrfield. The ship, built in the United Kingdom in 1911, was originally named SS Corrimal and commissioned in Sydney in 1912. She was purchased by the Commonwealth government and was used to transport supplies to American troops during World War II. When the ship was bought by the Miller Steamship Company Ltd., she was renamed SS Ayrfield.

In 1972, SS Ayrfield was sent to Homebush bay, for breaking up. However, her main hall still floats majestically, completely covered by vegetation- the subject of some stunning photographs.(source)
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