House of the Bulgarian Communist Party, Bulgaria
The House-Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party was no doubt a wonder in its day with its extreme location on Mount Buzludzha and strange giant saucer form. It was abandoned after Bulgaria’s socialist republic came to an end in 1990.
Sometime after 1991, the words ‘FORGET YOUR PAST’ were scrawled in red paint above the main entrance. The iconic graffiti shows the feelings of many young Bulgarians who would rather forget the mistakes made by another generation.
The town declined after World War I when the diamond-field slowly exhausted and was ultimately abandoned in 1954. This ghost town is now popular for the sights of the desert sands’ reclaiming this once-thriving setting.
The Maunsell Forts, England
These fortified towers were built in the Thames and Mersey estuaries during the Second World War to help defend the UK. In the 1960s and 70s, the forts were famously taken over as pirate radio stations. Now all of them are deserted.
Sarajevo Winter Olympics bobsleigh track, Bosnia and Herzegovina
When Sarajevo was awarded the 1984 Winter Olympics in 1977, a bobsleigh and luge track was built. After that it was used for World Cup competitionsuntil the start of the Yugoslav wars in 1991. Today, the tracks still remain mostly intact covered in war scars and graffiti.
North Brother Island, NYC, USA
It is a small island in the East River situated between the Bronx and Riker’s Island. Once the site of a hospital, it is now uninhabited and designated as a bird sanctuary.
During the mid-twentieth century, recurring earthquakes began to ruin the town. Between 1959 and 1972, parts of the village were severely damaged and rendered uninhabitable by a series of landslides. For safety, the entire population of 1,800 residents moved, leaving the town uninhabited.