53 Bone Chilling Photos of Abandoned Places You Can Visit Today (But Probably Shouldn't)

By Sarah Norman | November 10, 2023

Get comfortable, this exam looks like it's going to take a while

Whether they were once hospitals or office buildings, theme parks or restaurants, a myriad of buildings have been abandoned and left to turn into beautiful ruin across the world. While many of them are awe inspiring, there are just as many that give viewers the heebie jeebies.

These abandoned structures have been reclaimed by nature, leaving nothing but a mystery as to who called these places home.

What will our architecture look like when we’ve moved on? Will it crumble into the emptiness of an abandoned city? Will our cars be covered in ivy like some of the intriguing photos found here? Some of these pictures will give you goosebumps, others will make you nostalgic for better days, but they’ll all make you want to take a closer look at the deserted architecture that exists all around you.

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These kind of old style examination chairs have never looked comfortable, but there’s something extra spooky about this chair in the middle of an abandoned hospital. Maybe it’s the decaying tile painted in a “calming” blue that surround the chair and dapple the floor, or maybe it’s the psychotic looking light that hangs from the ceiling. No, you know what it is? It’s the holes in the wall where cabinet doors used to be. No matter what kind of person you are, it’s safe to say that there’s something about this chillingly empty examination room that will appear in your nightmares. 

Ruined shelves in a flooded store

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Some abandoned spaces are beautiful, others have a stark emptiness that leaves you breathless, this is simply devastating. It’s heart breaking to see a once vibrant store that served a pillar of the community destroyed by flood waters or a hurricane, unable to regain its status or save any of its goods. It’s not just that the products were ruined, it’s also the floors, the ceiling and the very bones of the structure. There’s rarely hope of putting a place like this back together after its faced such a downturn, and more often than not the only choice for a business like this is to gut it and start over.