Are you also part of the team that loves to visit destinations full of history and curiosities? If your answer is yes, the ghost towns around the world will impress you! Despite being somber and sometimes even frightening, it is incredible to be able to visit an abandoned place with its original buildings and reflect on everything that happened there.
Taking advantage of this Halloween atmosphere, I selected the 5 most famous ghost cities in the world, for who knows one day you may know some or all of them!
The city of Pompeii was completely destroyed after the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano in 79 AD At the time, it is estimated that more than 20,000 people lived there. Only 1600 years later, the ruins of the city were discovered by chance! The buildings were preserved by the ashes and mud that covered Pompeii all this time.
What is most striking, however, is that the petrified bodies of the former residents were also found.
Today, Pompeii is an incredible archaeological site and, along with Herculaneum, is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city of Pripyat was built in 1970 by the Soviet government to house workers at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. As most people know, it was at this plant that the greatest nuclear disaster in history occurred in 1986.
At the time, the city had almost 50,000 inhabitants and, according to a UN investigation carried out in 2005, there are more than 4,000 proven or future victims of radiation.
The city was evacuated because of the very high radiation levels and it is currently necessary to close a guided tour with an accredited agency to visit the place.
Less known, but no less interesting. Kolmanskop was built in the early 20th century by German miners, in the middle of the Namibian desert, for diamond mining.
With the depletion of the mine and after the end of the First World War, the city was abandoned and, in 1954, it became a ghost town.
The sand invaded the buildings and, currently, the scenery dominated by the dunes and ruins is spectacular.
Oradour sur Glane, France
The village was the scene of the biggest massacre of civilians in France during World War II. The site was invaded by Nazi soldiers in 1944 and resulted in the death of 642 inhabitants.
After the shooting of the men in the barns and the fire in the church where all the children and women were, the German troops set fire across the city.
This is the only place in France that remained intact after the war. Under the orders of then French President Charles de Gaulle, the city was not rebuilt and became a symbol of remembrance of the atrocities of the war.
Bodie, United States
At the end of the 19th century, many cities were built in the Western USA driven by the “gold rush”. The mining towns of the “Wild West” were abandoned with the end of gold and today there are more than 6,000 ghost towns in the region.
Very few still have buildings from that time and one of them is Bodie, from 1859. The place had more than 10,000 inhabitants and it is still possible today to visit some wooden houses that have resisted fires, climate changes and vandalism over the years.
Even with only 5% of its structure still standing, Bodie is considered practically an open air museum.
On the last day of our trip on Route 66, Paulo and I couldn’t resist and stopped in Calico – a ghost town from 1881 that was also built as a base for miners. Of course we recorded everything for you and just click below to check the full vlog 😉