Sunken Yacht In Antarctica
Abandoned Mill from 1866. Sorrento, Italy
Tunnel of Love, Kleven, Ukraine
Underwater statue of Jesus, Malta
Winter sun.
Japan’s Abandoned Amusement Park
Theater
Abandoned railroad in France
Goražde, Bosnia.

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Arbutus.

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Ivy Ruins by John Neville Cohen

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Beauty Among The Ruins: See Some of the World's Most Beautiful Abandoned Places

Take a tour of the world’s apparently robust supply of empty castles, power plants, and churches—and witness the surprising grandeur of dilapidation.

A tired screenwriting trope is to use abandoned places as settings where one’s gory horror scenarios might unfold—the house nobody has been inside for years, the decrepit mental hospital kids dare each other to sneak into. But "abandoned" doesn’t always mean "scary." In fact, in some cases, it can be downright breathtaking—and not in a strangulation kind of way.

Italian product manager and web designer Francesco Mugnai recently added a collection of images to his blog touting some of the most beautiful images of abandoned spots and modern ruins that he’d ever seen. The images Mugnai has captured come from empty castles, shuttered power plants, and dilapidated churches around the world. From a sunken yacht in Antarctica to a forever-closed amusement park in Japan, these images all make up a sort of anti-phoenix; rather than rising as new from the ashes, these husks remain preserved in decomposition, forcing viewers to confront the strange beauty of ruination.

Have a look through more of the images in the slide show above.

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  • Sam Jacqueline-Steiner

    Globetrotter extraordinaire, Master chef, and SoDel Concepts Restaurants founder Matt Haley, is "Hungry for Adventure." As featured in "Coastal Style" Magazine, Haley is interviewed by associate magazine editor Nick Brandi, in hopes of inspiring fellow Maryland Eastern Shore residents to embark upon future endeavors and magical journeys, themselves. From Cuba, to Italy, and Mexico, there was certainly no shortage of "off the beaten path" majestic scenery. According to Haley, must see, top tourist attractions and destinations include Havana, Tuscany, Venice, Baja Mexico, and Mexico City, just to name a quick few. With stunning pictures added to the already enticing article, Coastal Style Magazine ups the ante to its many loyal readers. Desert landscapes, waves crashing on shore at the beach, historic canals and ruins, a gorgeous sunset reflected off of the trees, and mountainous terrain are some of the scenes captured by photography editor, Grant Gursky. Whether in the mood for romance or hitting up favorite eateries, as they serve up guilty pleasures and cuisines one can only dream and fantasize about, traveling "off the beaten path" can often very well be an adventure in itself, as Haley portrays throughout the interview. My suggestion, create a list of your must wants and needs, as if it were a bucket list, and cross them off, one by one, until all are reached and achieved. As I have already traveled to most vacation hot spots, I want you to try now, to have the absolute time of your life. And I ask you, when will there ever be a better opportunity to travel for fun on your own, or perhaps just with a group of girlfriends? So breathe deep and indulge, as relaxation is at its very best and finest, awaiting you, right around the corner.

  • jaystrab

    These photos, while very beautiful, are a testament to human greed and ignorance. Humans are constantly destroying nature and building things (for mostly monetary reasons) that contaminate it and eventually they abandon those things (also because of monetary reasons). 
    The only saving grace is that eventually nature always wins and will take back what humans have take from Her.
    I live in Detroit and there are tons of abandoned buildings all over the place. Not just in the city itself. They need to be torn down, but no one will do it because it costs money. Some people around here fight to keep buildings from being torn down because they think it's a part of history or that they are "cool looking." In reality, every city on the planet could benefit from having parks put in place of old buildings - even buildings that are still in use.
    These photos make me sad more than anything.

  • RvMoulinsart

    Ivi ruins is in fact VILLERS LA VILLE ruins in belgium
    Have look on google...

  • Sjsteiner9

    Globetrotter extraordinaire, Master chef, and SoDel Concepts Restaurants founder Matt Haley, is "Hungry for Adventure." As featured in "Coastal Style" Magazine, Haley is interviewed by associate magazine editor Nick Brandi, in hopes of inspiring fellow Maryland Eastern Shore residents to embark upon future endeavors and magical journeys, themselves. From Cuba, to Italy, and Mexico, there was certainly no shortage of "off the beaten path" majestic scenery. According to Haley, must see, top tourist attractions and destinations include Havana, Tuscany, Venice, Baja Mexico, and Mexico City, just to name a quick few. With stunning pictures added to the already enticing article, Coastal Style Magazine ups the ante to its many loyal readers. Desert landscapes, waves crashing on shore at the beach, historic canals and ruins, a gorgeous sunset reflected off of the trees, and mountainous terrain are some of the scenes captured by photography editor, Grant Gursky. Whether in the mood for romance or hitting up favorite eateries, as they serve up guilty pleasures and cuisines one can only dream and fantasize about, traveling "off the beaten path" can often very well be an adventure in itself, as Haley portrays throughout the interview. My suggestion, create a list of your musts, as if it were a bucket list, and cross them off, one by one, until all are reached and achieved. As I have traveled to most vacation hot spots, I want you to try now and have the time of your life. I ask you, when will there ever be a better opportunity to travel for fun on your own, or perhaps with a group of girlfriends? So just breathe deep and indulge, as relaxation is at its very best and finest, and awaiting you, right around the corner.

  • Sjsteiner9

    Globetrotter extraordinaire, Master chef, and SoDel Concepts Restaurants founder Matt Haley, is "Hungry for Adventure." As featured in "Coastal Style" Magazine, Haley is interviewed by associate magazine editor Nick Brandi, in hopes of inspiring fellow Maryland Eastern Shore residents to embark upon future endeavors and magical journeys, themselves. From Cuba, to Italy, and Mexico, there was certainly no shortage of "off the beaten path" majestic scenery. According to Haley, must see, top tourist attractions and destinations include Havana, Tuscany, Venice, Baja Mexico, and Mexico City, just to name a quick few. With stunning pictures added to the already enticing article, Coastal Style Magazine ups the ante to its many loyal readers. Desert landscapes, waves crashing on shore at the beach, historic canals and ruins, a gorgeous sunset reflected off of the trees, and mountainous terrain are some of the scenes captured by photography editor, Grant Gursky. Whether in the mood for romance or hitting up favorite eateries, as they serve up guilty pleasures and cuisines one can only dream and fantasize about, traveling "off the beaten path" can often very well be an adventure in itself, as Haley portrays throughout the interview. My suggestion, create a list of your must wants and needs, as if it were a bucket list, and cross them off, one by one, until all are reached and achieved. As I have already traveled to most vacation hot spots, I want you to try now, to have the absolute time of your life. And I ask you, when will there ever be a better opportunity to travel for fun on your own, or perhaps just with a group of girlfriends? So breathe deep and indulge, as relaxation is at its very best and finest, awaiting you, right around the corner.
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  • Moopy

    joe these pics were awesome you just posted it on 'anyone can use internetz' day judging by the responses

  • Nathan Flowers

    It would be nice to get some more information, perhaps some history, about each of these abandoned sites.

  • Carlos Guimarães

    Very sad to see the misinformation around some of the
    facts reported on this article. The ship wreck from the first picture happened
    around one year ago on very extreme conditions in a bay in Antarctica and was
    not rescued before, because of the high risk of leaking it´s fuel in such
    preserved environment. The rescue was finally made with tremendous success a
    few weeks ago and the wreck is now in Chile to be sold as scrap. The entire
    operation took too long to be planned and executed exactly because of the risk
    of bringing dangerous pollution to the bay, but this was the main
    accomplishment around the entire rescue operation and the environment there is
    now safe. The article has its value and presents an important reflection, but
    the examples used to illustrate the author´s thesis should be more carefully
    evaluated as to sustain its credibility.

    Regards,
    Carlos Guimarães - guima0126@gmail.com

  • Carlos Guimarães

    Dear Leo, I
    agree with you on the article and I do not want to take off the value of your
    reflections. I enjoy it very much and the pictures are really beautiful. My
    only point is that all sites listed are in fact abandoned there and I clearly see
    the poetry behind this allegory in each and every one of them… But there is
    also a fact that the yacht “Mar Sem Fim” (Endless Sea in Portuguese) is no
    longer “abandoned there”. But again, I really enjoy your article and the poetry
    of your view!

  • Joe Berkowitz

    Hi Carlos. While I thank you for rounding out the piece with an explanation about how the yacht was sunk, our description, "a sunken yacht in Antarctica," remains accurate, and not misleading in any way. A shipwrecked yacht still is, after all, abandoned.