9 Abandoned Sites That Will Make You Feel Like Indiana Jones

Mark these off your bucket list.

When you see an abandoned building, what do you think of?  

Though these places may remind you of urban blight, they can also be seen as beautiful buildings, inviting adventure and even a photoshoot. 

And this list of modern ruins from all over the world might just make you want to grab your Indiana Jones hat, look out for giant boulders and snakes, and start that adventure right now. 


1. Kolmanskop, Namibia

According to The Daily Mail, Kolmanskop was a diamond mining town founded by German colonists in the deserts of southern Namibia in the early 1900s. As the diamond supply declined, so did the human population. Once humans left, the desert reclaimed lost territory.

2. Dhanushkodi, India

Sitting along the tiny sandbar that connects India and Sri Lanka, Dhanushkodi looks like a sturdy sand castle. The New Indian Express says the area was always battered by cyclones, and after a particularly devastating one in '64 the town was abandoned.

3. Tianducheng, China

Though not exactly a ruin, China's replica of Paris is rather sparsely populated, and has the surreal feeling of the post-apocalyptic City of Lights. Tianducheng was built in 2007 according to Smithsonian, and attracts plenty of tourists who want to see the Eiffel Tower, but aren't up for the jet lag.

4. Six Flags New Orleans

Six Flags New Orleans was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina, but it lives forever in our nightmares. If ever there were an appropriate time for an unblinking small child to suddenly materialize and sing "Ring Around the Rosie," while slowly turning the handle on a music box, it is now.

5. New York City Smallpox Hospital

Located on the island between Manhattan and Queens, The Smallpox Hospital closed in the '50s and, according to Roadtrippers, is the only ruin in New York City with official landmark designation.

6. Uyuni Train Cemetery, Bolivia

Atlas Obscura says after the mining industry in Uyuni, Bolivia collapsed in the early 1900s, the trains that had been used to carry minerals to the Pacific were abandoned. Along with the famous salt flats, this train cemetery is one of southern Bolivia's most popular attractions.

7. Stella Artois Brewery, Belgium

The Stella Artois brewery in Leuven, Belgium couldn't keep up with demand, but Forbidden Places says its vats remain in great condition.

8. Brisbane Textile Factory, Australia

According to Urbex, this abandoned textile factory in Brisbane, Australia has been closed since '92. But its enormous machines that attest to an astounding scale of production still stand proud. 

9. Whaler's Bay, Antarctica

Whalers Bay station was abandoned in the early 20th century, but the abandoned machinery that looks like R2D2 still stands guard.

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