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The largest abandoned cities on the planet and the mystery behind them

Updated: 18 Aug, 2019 lúc August 18, 2019

The largest abandoned cities on the planet and the mystery behind them

Ghost cities are not only in movies. Around the world, mysteriously abandoned cities still occupy the imagination and holidays of thousands of tourists.

Come to these places and explore the most fascinating abandoned cities in the world.
Ordos Kangbashi, China 
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Located in Inner Mongolia, Ordos Kangbashi is built to become a young, dynamic city with modern architecture, large stadiums and beautiful public spaces. The city has achieved all that in less than 10 years, but it failed to attract people to live. The city was built for 300,000 people, but only 70,000 people moved in. But in the end, those people also started to come out. The city stopped construction and the idea went bankrupt. Today, it has become a ghost city with most buildings empty.
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 
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Turkmenistan is a country of the former Soviet Union. President Saparmurat Niyazov planned to create a "golden era of Turkmenistan" in 1991 with the construction of Ashgabat. He erected record breaking buildings, like becoming the city with the most marble buildings in the world. In fact, this 4.5 million square meter city has 543 buildings made of animals. luxury materials. Ashgabat also has the world's largest ferris wheel. But today, the city has also become a ghost city because of the isolated culture that Niyazov has built.
Wittenoom, Australia 
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Founded in 1946, Wittenoom is a mining city in Western Australia. Nearby canyons flooded with blue asbestos, an important raw building material in the early 20th century. In the context of growing health concerns and the demand for asbestos has led to mine closure in the year. 1966 and most residents moved to find another job. Wittenoom was officially closed in 2007 and the Australian government took steps to restrict people from entering and leaving the city and erasing it from all official maps.
Ruby, Arizona 
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Considered one of the best preserved ghost cities in the southwestern United States, Ruby, Arizona remains a reminder of the wild west with mines of gold, silver, lead, zinc and copper. The street was abandoned in 1940 after the mining fever. Currently, it is one of the best preserved ancient cities in America.
Varosha, Cyprus 
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During the early 1970s, Varosha was one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. In 1974, Turkey invaded Cyprus. When opposing Turkish and Greek troops descended on the area around Varosha, the people had to flee. Varosha had been abandoned and under the control of the Turkish Army since 1974. It was fenced off, and no one outside the army and UN staff were allowed to enter the beautiful tourist site for a while. this.
Craco, Italy 
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Craco was built in 1060. During his thousands of years of history, Craco has seen many conflicts between political institutions. In 1963, 1,800 residents were eventually forced to leave Craco for safety and were transferred to Craco Peschiera, a new town in the valley below. Despite being abandoned, Craco is still one of Italy's famous tourist destinations.
Tianducheng, China 
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Built as a huge luxury housing development, Tianducheng simulates everything in the famous French city of Paris, from the magnificent architecture to the miniature Eiffel Tower ... With more capacity 10,000 residents and the city are mostly abandoned except for some employees of an amusement park nearby.
Hashima Island, Japan 
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Originally developed as a residence for people working in coal mines in 1887, Hashima Island quickly expanded into an island of high-rise buildings with more than 5,000 people. In addition to buildings, the island also has a club, movie theater, shared bath, swimming pool, shops ... The mine was finally closed in 1974 when it was completed and turned into an island. wild. To date, a small part of the island is open to tourists visiting to learn more about Japan's rapid industrialization.
Bodie, California 
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In the late 1800s, Bodie was a mining city with many people coming to seek success. In the end, the city was overwhelmed by epidemics, mining accidents and rampant crime that turned Bodie into a city outside the law. Over the next few decades, Bodie was destroyed by many fires and in 1940, it became a ghost town when all the people left.
Kayaköy, Turkey 
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Kayaköy, Turkey was formerly a bustling community with about 2,000 Greek residents. In 1923, the Greco-Turkish War forced residents to leave their homes and flee to Greece. An estimated 350 houses and 2 Greek churches are still abandoned in kayöy.