Sunday, May 29, 2011
Abandoned Towns and Cities of the World
Standing as stark reminders of a people’s past endeavors and hopes for the future, thousands of abandoned towns and cities can be seen around the world–some like silent, dusty museums, some little more than the wood or stone markers placed in remembrance. Yet, each speaks volumes of another time. War, superstition, famine, earthquakes, religion, man-made disasters, shifting values, fire, disease, failed economy, and hurricanes have all played their roles in reducing thriving, prosperous cities to mere rubble and models of waste. From Hong Kong to France, Turkey to Chile, here are ten of the countless abandoned towns and cities that still speak loudly of the people who once called them home. Read more . . .