There is always something intriguing about a place left behind: the beauty that stems from a dilapidated ruin, the eerie, haunting silence that encases it, or the unknown stories of those who once visited. From deserted railways, to post-apocalyptic amusement parks, here are some of our favourite hauntingly beautiful places…

7 Hauntingly Beautiful Places

Canfranc International Rail Station- Spain

Opened in 1928, The Canfranc International Railway Station operated to transfer passengers, baggage and freight across the Spanish/French border of Pyrenees mountains. In 1970 a train derailment demolished a bridge on the French side of the mountains and they decided not to rebuild it, so the station fell into a state of disrepair. It is closed to the public except during guided tours in July and August.

Six Flags Jazzland – New Orleans, Louisiana

In 2006, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, it cruelly ripped the soul out of city and destroyed any need for an amusement park. Now Six Flags Jazzland stands eerily overgrown and deserted, with the sound of silence dominating the 140 acre setting.
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Willard Asylum- Willard, New York

The Willard Asylum for the Insane operated from the 1800’s until 1995, it housed thousands of patients, most of them never left; the average stay for each inmate was over thirty years. In the last few years, photographer Jon Crispin has been capturing beautiful pictures of 400 suitcases that belonged to inmates found in an attic at the asylum in 1995.

SS Ayrfield Floating Forest- Homebush Bay, Sydney, Australia

The SS Ayrfield, owned by the Commonwealth Government, was built in 1911 to transport supplies to American troops stationed in the Pacific region during World War II. In 1972 the ship was sent to Homebush Bay for breaking up, to this day it still remains floating, enveloped by lush vegetation.

Spreepark- Berlin, Germany

Opened in 1969, at its peak Spreepark was host to over 1.7 million visitors, however, since the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 it went into decline. In 2001, the numbers entering the park were at a record low with only 400,000 visitors, this caused severe financial problems for the owners who sadly had to close the park in November of the same year.

The Orphuem Theatre- New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA

Originally named the Majestic Opera House, the old theatre and movie house opened in 1912 and for nearly fifty years entertained visitors, but sadly closed in 1958. There are currently plans by a non-profit company called Orph Inc to bring back the theatre…but they are still very much up in the air.

Underwater city- Shicheng, China

The ancient city of Shicheng has been buried beneath the beautiful Thousand Island Lake for 53 years. It now has a new lease of life, serving as an adventure park for tourists who regularly scuba dive and snorkel around the lost city who to this day discover new things about this magical underwater haven.

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