Do you love to wander through abandoned buildings checking to see if you can find anything unusual? Or maybe you like to go through buildings waiting to see if there is any type of paranormal activity lurking around the corner waiting for you? Even if you don’t fall into one of those categories, seeing pictures of the 35 creepiest places on Earth will definitely have the hairs on the back of your neck standing up. Most of these places have been abandoned for years, some are said to be haunted by ghosts, but all of them have a certain type of beauty behind them. This beauty can be found in the surroundings or even in the architecture. Nothing really beats the architecture from hundreds of years ago, especially when you see a lot of ‘cookie-cutter’ houses sprouting up like weeds. If you’re ready to get a little bit scared, check out the creepiest places on Earth below.
1. Abandoned Church – Europe – While there isn’t a lot of information about this abandoned church in Europe, you can tell by how the chairs are still standing that there is a lot of history within these walls. Before being abandoned, this church was set up for a funeral for a young child. You can still see the tiny coffin set up in front of the chairs.
2. Abandoned Doll Factory – Spain – Nobody is sure why this doll factory closed, but when the doors closed, they left doll parts throughout the entire building. I don’t think I’d want to get lost in a place like this.
3. Abandoned Estate – Kiev, Ukraine – This is the former estate of former Ukrainian president, Vikto Yanukovych. When the protests in Ukraine got out of control in February 2014, Yanukovych and his security abandoned this home. Now that it’s abandoned, people have broken in and wandered about taking pictures of everything inside.
4. Abandoned Mining Town – Kolmanskop, Namib Desert – In the early 1900s, the Germans moved into this town and created a mine where they could look for diamonds and other gems. They then abandoned it in the 1950s. It is now a very popular ghost town where tourists visit.
5. Abandoned Movie Theater – Detroit, Michigan – We’ve seen building after building that has been abandoned in Detroit due to the economy, and movie theaters were no exception. This movie theater has been taken over the elements and has been left to rot.
6. Abandoned Train Station – Abkhazia, Georgia – This train station was used to connect Georgia with Russia, but after the Abkhazia War in 1992 and 1993, it was left abandoned. Because it was outdoors, the elements have claimed it as their own. However there are parts of the station that are still in great condition, showcasing amazing architecture and furniture.
7. Anderlecht Veterinary School – Brussels – It doesn’t seem too odd that this place is nicknamed the Lab of Horrors, considering all of the deceased animals still being stored here. The school was abandoned in the 1990s and each building is being slowly remodeled. But the Anderlecht Veterinary School is the last building to be remodeled, making it a little eery to go inside. Some of the people who are renovating the buildings have said they are too scared to go inside this building because it still stores old medical equipment, deceased animals, and animal parts that have been sewn together.
8. Aniva Rock Lighthouse – Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russia – This lighthouse was originally built by Japan in the 1930s, but the Russians took it over and used it throughout World War II. It was powered by nuclear power. During the 1990s, the lighthouse became abandoned and hasn’t been used since.
9. Ararat County Gaol: J Ward – Ararat, Australia – Rumored to be one of Australia’s most haunted buildings, this was originally built in the 1860s during Victoria’s gold rush. But in 1887, the gold rush was over and they decided to turn this into J Ward, which is a maximum security psychiatric ward which was designated for the criminally insane.
10. Bhangarh, India – This building may look beautiful during the day, but at night the government forbids anyone from entering the grounds. The story behind Bhangarh is that it’s haunted by a 16th century musician who was unfortunately rejected by a princess. Because of this, he now bestows death without the possibility of rebirth on everyone. Even if this isn’t true, people still seem to listen to the government’s warning and avoid it after the sunset.
11. Chateau Miranda – Celles, Belguim – This building was built in 1886 by a French man who wanted to flee the revolution. During World War II however, the National Railway Company of Belgium took control of this building and turned it into an orphanage. In 1991, the owners refused to sell the property causing it to be abandoned.
12. Chris McCandless’s Bus – Alaska – If this bus doesn’t sound familiar, make sure to read the book or check out the movie titled Into The Wild. This is one of my all-time favorites. I won’t ruin the story completely, but this is the bus that Chris McCandless lived in during the summer of 1992 while he lived off the land. The bus was left there in the 1960s and provided shelter for hikers throughout the years.