Ghost towns, abandoned forts, lost churches, all good fodder for horror movies. And very real. While reasons vary from economic down turns to massacres, here are the ten of the creepiest abandoned places the world over.
10. Hashima Island, Japan
Coal mine closure force all residents to leave. Abandoned since 1974.
9. Centralia, USA
Uncontrolled mine fire burning since 1962. Abandoned since 1984.
8. Beelitz-Heilstatten, Germany
Military hospital vacated following Soviet withdrawal. Abandoned since 2000.
7. Oradour-Sur-Glane, France
Left as memorial following a Nazi massacre in 1944. Abandoned since 1944.
6. Maunsell Sea Forts, UK
Fortified towers built to defend the UK during World War II. Abandoned since 1964.
5. Bodie, California USA
Deserted gold mining town. Abandoned since 1964.
4. Humberstone, Chile
Saltpeter refinery deserted following collapse in global demand. Abandoned since 1964.
3. Kolmanskop, Namibia
Deserted diamond mining town. Abandoned since 1954.
2. Craco, Italy
Recurring earthquakes rendered the town uninhabitable. Abandoned since 1963.
1. Pripyat, Chernobyl, Ukraine
City evacuated after Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Abandoned since 1986.