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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.

  • <p>Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/odins_raven/8295771263/in/photostream" target="_blank">odin’s_raven</a></p>
  • <p>Photo by Andrew Moore</p>
  • <p>Photo by Burningphotography</p>
  • 01 /11 | Sunken Yacht In Antarctica
  • 02 /11 | Abandoned Mill from 1866. Sorrento, Italy
  • 03 /11 | Tunnel of Love, Kleven, Ukraine
  • 04 /11 | Underwater statue of Jesus, Malta
  • 05 /11 | Winter sun.

    Photo by odin’s_raven

  • 06 /11 | Japan’s Abandoned Amusement Park
  • 07 /11 | Theater
  • 08 /11 | Abandoned railroad in France
  • 09 /11 | Goražde, Bosnia.

    Photo by Andrew Moore

  • 10 /11 | Arbutus.

    Photo by Burningphotography

  • 11 /11 | Ivy Ruins by John Neville Cohen

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.

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Photograph by Ruslan Eliseev @ 35photo.ru;

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