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20 Interesting Ghost Towns to Visit


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There are places that used to grow so fast but are now abandoned. Like a ghost town, there are only empty streets and buildings.

Either these places were destroyed by war or evacuated for ammunition exercises, which are clearly uninhabited conditions. Here are 20 interesting abandoned cities in the world (part one).

1. Oradour-Sur-Glane, France

The village of Oradour-sur-Glane was the site of a horrific massacre during World War II. Now all that remains in this fishing village are ruins that leave memories of the war.

Oradour-Sur-Glane has been abandoned since June 1944 when parts of its population were massacred by the military branch of the Nazi Party’s SS organization, the Waffen SS. Men were shot and killed in barns, while women and children also lost their lives in a church that was locked and blown up. The victim who managed to escape was eventually shot dead.

Because of this horrific incident, wartime leader Charles De Gaulte decided that this village should be abandoned, as a testament to the atrocities of the Nazis. After that, a village with a memorial museum opened since 1999.

Abandoned City Photo: (Adobe Stock/CNN)

2. Wharram Percy, United Kingdom

Wharram Percy is arguably the most famous deserted medieval village in England. In the past, this village was home to two nobles.

The population of the village dwindled over the years. The local population moved due to the shift to sheep farming.

Now, this village has been uninhabited for about 500 years. However, the site now managed by English Heritage attracts archaeologists and tourists alike.

Abandoned cityCity of Wharram Percy Photo: (Adobe Stock/CNN)

3. Belchite, Spain

During the Spanish civil war, Belchite was a place of siege for weeks from August-September 1937. Finally, the city fell to General Francisco Franco’s forces in 1939.

Now, there was a new village being built nearby. This village can be a destination that tourists can visit in Zarazoga.

Abandoned cityAbandoned city of Belchite Photo: (Adobe Stock/CNN)

4. Craco, Italy

Since the 20th century, Craco has been a ghost town. Located at the southern tip of Italy, the architecturally spectacular Craco is one of the most visually appealing abandoned cities.

Beautiful yet abandoned, residents left after a series of landslides caused by sewers and water works in 1960. Then, the place was completely abandoned after the Irpinia earthquake in 1980.

Even though it is uninhabited, this ghost town attracts thousands of tourists to visit. In fact, Craco has also become a popular shooting location like James Bond in 2008.

Abandoned cityCraco Abandoned City Photo: (Adobe Stock/CNN)

5. Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast

Although it still has a thriving population, many of Grand Bassam’s buildings have been vacant for years.

Formerly, Grand Bassam, was the French colonial capital on the Ivory Coast. Today, this resort town has been selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside are famous buildings including the Old Post Office, Bank of Central Africa and the Hotel de France.

Next ghost town, Kolmanskop, Namibia