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Blog Words : Weird@Wanderlust | 31 October

9 spooky ghost towns from around the world

They're spooky and they're creepy. And the perfect place to spend Halloween!

Poggioreale, Sicily (Shutterstock.com)

The ruins of Poggioreale, Sicily (Shutterstock)

1. Poggioreale, Sicily

Tucked away in the Belice Valley in north west Sicily, Poggioreale was destroyed when an earthquake hit the region in 1968. Rather than rebuild the town, a new one was built a few kilometres away. The ruins are often used as a film set for movies about the Second World War.

Abandoned house, Namibia (Shutterstock)

Deserted building, Kolmanskuppe, Namibia (Shutterstock)

2. Kolmanskuppe, Namibia

At the height of Namibia's diamond boom, Kolmanskuppe boasted a casino, a hospital and a school. When diamond sales dropped, so did the population. By the end of the First World War it was completely deserted.

Pyraiden, Svarlbard (Shutterstock.com)

Deserted Russian mining town, Svalbard (Shutterstock)

3. Pyramiden, Svalbard, Norway

This mining community was founded by Sweden in 1910, but sold to the USSR in 1927. It has the most northerly statue of Lenin in the world, which was abandoned, along with the rest of the town and its infrastructure, in 1998.

Oradour-sur-Glance, France (Shutterstock)

Destroyed cars in Oradour sur Glane (Shutterstock)

4. Oradour-sur-Glane, France

This village was destroyed in 1944, when 642 of its inhabitants, including 205 children and 247 women, were massacred by the Waffen-SS. Charles de Gaulle ordered what remained of the village to be preserved as a reminder of the horrors of  WWII.

Kayakoy, Turkey (Shutterstock)

The Turkish ghost town of Kayaköy (Shutterstock)

5. Kayaköy, Turkey

Originally known as Livissi, and populated almost exclusively by Greeks, this village 8km south of Fetihye was abandoned in 1923. The ghost town is now preserved as a museum village, with hundreds of rundown Greek-style houses and churches. It is a popular stopping place for tourists visiting Fethiye and nearby Ölüdeniz.

Pripyet, Ukraine (Shutterstock)

Abandoned building, Pripyat, Ukraine (Shutterstock)

6. Pripyat, Ukraine

Abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear in April 1986, this town has become a potent symbol of the inherent dangers of harnessing nuclear power. It has also become something of a grotesque tourist attraction, with visits carefully timed to minimise the risk of radiation poisoning.

Cracked highway, Centralia (Shutterstock)

Cracked and buckled highway, Centralia, Pennsylvania (Shutterstock)

7. Centralia, Pennsylvania, USA

This coal mining town, first established in 1856, was abandoned after the coal seam caught fire in the late 1960s. The fire still burns underground to the day, the effects being seen in the buckled and cracked highway leading into the town.

Bodie, California (Shutterstock)

Abandoned buildings, Bodie, California (Shutterstock)

8. Bodie, California, USA

When the Standard Company discovered substantial amounts of gold-bearing ore in Bodie in 1876, the town was instantly converted from a small mining camp to one of California's biggest towns. At its height it had more than 2,000 buildings, but when the gold ran out, so did the population. It was finally abandoned in 1940.

Frozen Grytviken

The icy remains of Grytviken (Shutterstock)

9. Grytviken, South Georgia

The settlement was established in 1904 by a Norwegian sea captain as a whaling station for his fishing company. It was closed in December 1966, but the church is still used occasionally for marriages. The people had their own cinema, but it collapsed few years ago.

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