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6 Super Creepy Abandoned Towns Around the World

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Every town has a story to tell. Living at the heart of a bustling city or town, it is difficult to fathom what an empty, abandoned town would look or feel like. If curiosity and mystery drives you, these are the places you should check out. They are undeniably an experience of a lifetime.


6 Super Creepy Abandoned Towns Around the World:

  1. United States
  2. Cyprus
  3. France
  4. Mexico
  5. Ukraine
  6. Japan

Day 1. Centralia, Pennsylvania has been on fire for 53 years

Centralia, Pennsylvania has been on fire for 53 years
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Once home to more than thousand people, now Centralia is nothing more than a smoldering ghost town that's been burning for over half a century. Found within the famed anthracite coal region of the Appalachian Mountains, the town is located in Columbia County. On May 27, 1962, the local firefighters set the town landfill on fire to clean it up. The landfill was an old strip-mine pit connected to a maze of abandoned underground mining tunnels full of coal.

While the people were able to extinguish the fire above the ground, the fire underground took the form of a bellowing inferno and the town had to be evacuated. It's said that there's enough coal underground to fuel the fire for another 250 years. 

Day 2. Once the town of the rich, Varosha, Cyprus

Once the town of the rich, Varosha, Cyprus
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Once a glamorous retreat that lured the rich and the famous, Varosha was last inhabited in 1974 when it was seized by Turkish troops. The troops invaded the island after a brief Greek Cypriot coup, and it is still occupied, even though the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution for it to be handed over to the UN.

Varosha is now considered to be beyond repair.

Day 3. Time has stopped at Oradour-sur-Glane, France

Time has stopped at Oradour-sur-Glane, France
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Oradour-sur-Glane has remained untouched since June 10, 1944, when a Nazi Waffen-SS company massacred 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children. During the massacre, the men were rounded up and shot in barns, the women were herded into the local church which was set ablaze with hand grenades. A new village was built nearby after the war, but French president Charles de Gaulle ordered the original maintained as a permanent memorial and museum. 

Day 4. Isla de las Muñecas is the Island of the Dolls in Mexico

Isla de las Muñecas is the Island of the Dolls in Mexico
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Julian Santana Barrera retracted to a remote wooded area in Xochimilco, Mexico city to live out his life as a recluse. He found a corpse of a small girl drifting in the water along with her doll. He hung the doll from a tree and that night he heard wails of a woman. To appease the spirit he continued to hang dolls, some missing body parts, from trees and the wire fencing which surrounded his wooden shack for the next 50 years until he died mysteriously. Now his family members run the area as a tourist attraction. 

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Day 5. Chernobyl tragedy of Pripyat, Ukraine

Chernobyl tragedy of Pripyat, Ukraine
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Just a few kilometres from Chernobyl, Pripyat was built in the 1970s to house the plant's workers and their families. On 26 April 1986, after the Chernobyl tragedy the town was evacuated within 36 hours. The rusting Ferris wheel that still dominates the town has been widely photographed, and has become a symbol of the world's worst nuclear disaster. How eerie is that!

Day 6. The Battleship Island, Hashima of Japan

The Battleship Island, Hashima of Japan
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Hashima is an island in Japan shaped in the form of a battleship. This one seems to be forgotten by both man and time. Once people found traces of coal, the Mitsubishi Corporation bought the island in 1890 with the intent to begin seabed mining. But due to decline in demand for coal, the closing of the Hashima mines led to a rapid, mass exodus from the once vibrant island as people went to find work elsewhere. Overnight people just fled from the island. It continues to lure tourists with its enchanting yet eerie crumbling structures.

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