The Domino Sugar Refinery stands tall as a reminder of the industrial past of Brooklyn. In the late 19th century, nearly half of the country's sugar production came out of Brooklyn. In 1902, the Domino Sugar Company formed and took over this now historic location. The factory closed in the early 2000s, and became a landmark in 2007.
The Brazilian yacht Mar Sem Fim (which translates to "Endless Sea") was shipwrecked n Maxwell Bay of Ardley Cove, Antarctica in 2012. The crew was filming a documentary when strong winds of 100-kilometer per hour began rocking the boat back and forth “like a bucking bronco in a rodeo,” according to one crew member's recollection. The boat sank, then was frozen in ice and now sits as an eerie Titanic-like shipwreck.
Pripyat, which sits less than 3 km from Chernobyl, was quickly evacuated in the 1970s following the nuclear reactor’s sudden explosion. The city was meant for the power plant’s personnel and families, however it’s 50,000 residents were forced to flee to safety. Dolls hastily left on the floors of empty kindergartens, trees growing through broken glass, and an creepy ferris wheel looking over the city tell a haunting story. The town is unfit for humans to live in to this day.
Tucked away in the open lands of Belgium, this now dilapidated building was built in 1866 for the Liedekerke-Beaufort family. During WWII, Château de Noisy was occupied by German troops, and fighting occurred on the historic site during the Battle of the Bulge. After WII, the castle turned into a “holiday camp” for sick children. The castle was abandoned in 1991, and the current owners now have plans to abolish the once majestic castle.
Ghosts haunt St. George's Church, but it's not as scary as it sounds. Czech artist Jakub Hadrava was commissioned to fix up the old church and chose to create an art instillation of plaster poltergeists. The ghosts now attract tourists from all over to the medieval church. And, of course, disappointed ghost hunters.
The Nara Dreamland could be the site of a Sailor Moon episode. The amusement park was inspired by Disneyland, but 45 years after the park opened in 1961, the dream turned into a nightmare. It's now illegal to enter the park's location, which, according to some, has a "creepy atmosphere."
1910, this palace was built for the Polish Royal Family. However, the palace's didn't remain regal for long and was converted into an agricultural school after WWII. Eventually it was turned into a home for handicapped adults in the 1970s, and a home for children who exhibited "disturbing behavior." The palace was abandoned in 1997.
8. The Underwater City of Shicheng Underwater - China
The sunken City of Schicheng is often referred to as "the Atlantis of the East" due to its submerged status. The buildings constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties remain perfectly preserved underwater. The city was purposely flooded in 1959, however it was "rediscovered" in 2001 after the Chinese government commissioned an expedition to the lost city.
Located 19 miles southwest of Bogotá, this tourist attraction rivals the nearby 515 ft. tall waterfall. The Hotel del Salto opened up in 1928, offering a breathtaking view of the waterfall. But the hotel's cliffside location provided a place for many to commit suicide after the hotel was closed in the 1990s. These suicides are the reason why some believe the hotel is haunted.
The Beelitz Sanatorium was built in Berlin to house those suffering from tuberculosis. But nowadays, the building is famous for hosting one notorious patient — Adolph Hitler. In 1916, Hitler, then a young WWI soldier, came to the sanatorium to recuperate from injuries sustained during the Battle of Somme.
The patients of Willard Asylum in New York are long gone, but their possessions remain in this creepy former mental institution. The institution was notorious for patient neglect and the general mistreatment of the insane. Eventually, it became a dumping ground for "undesirables." The horrible conditions of the Willard Asylum were exposed by Geraldo Rivera in 1972, and it closed for good in 1995.
12. Eastern State Penitentiary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Eastern State Penitentiary is one of the most famous prisons in the world, thanks in part to it's housing of famous prisoners. Al Capone and "Slick Willie" Sutton were some of the prison's notorious inmates. It's crumbling cellblocks give this historic landmark a creepy vibe.
This cooling tower is part of an abandoned power plant built in 1921. During its prime, the cooling tower could cool 480,000 gallons of water per minute. Nowadays it is overgrown with moss and looks like something out of a sci-fi novel.
The S.S. America was one of the world's greatest ocean liners. Now it's a decaying wreck in the Canary Islands. The ocean liner was conscripted into the U.S. Navy during WWII and became the U.S.S. Westpoint. After the war, she became a cruise ship again until she got caught in a storm in 1993 and fell to pieces in the shallow waters of the Canary Islands.
Just off the coast of Sydney, a 102-year-old ship has been magically transformed into a floating forest. It was left in the water to decay in 1972, but nature had other plans. The S.S. Ayrfield is now overrun by mangrove trees and other rich fauna.