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The Temple: a Bar that was Once a Toilet

A below-ground public toilet built in the Victorian era in Manchester, England, could have been abandoned or filled in, as so many others have been. But this one found new life in modern times as a bar! It first opened as “The Temple of Convenience,” harking back to its original purpose. Now called simply The [...]

Shell Cottage from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

In the real world, Shell Cottage was a temporary film set erected in the sand dunes of Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire, Wales. In another world, it was something special. Described in the book as a “lonely and beautiful place”, Shell Cottage was the home of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour and served as a safe house [...]

Abandoned Brush Park, Detroit

I’ve loved big old houses since I was a toddler and lived in a Victorian mansion. Of course, it was subdivided into student apartments by then, but still… I see homes like this and think how wonderful it would be to live there, but how very expensive it would be to make it habitable again. [...]

5 Great Big Abandoned Buildings

The bigger they are, the harder they are to keep up, tear down, or reclaim. Urban Ghosts looks at very large abandoned buildings around the world, including a factory, a mansion, skyscraper housing, a church, and an office complex. Shown here is Chateau de Noisy in Belgium, which has been a home, a Nazi facility, [...]

The Ryugyong Hotel Gets a Makeover

It’s been years since we checked in on the Ryugyong Hotel, the monolithic concrete building in Pyongyang, North Korea, that was never completed. After work was abandoned in 1992, officials even denied its existence! But in 2008, the 105-floor structure got a second chance from the Orascom Group of Egypt. A new glass facade gives [...]

Abandoned Pianos

If you have ever been fortunate enough to come across an abandoned piano, you probably recall how fascinated you were. Knowing how intricate, entertaining, and expensive they are, it’s sad to think of someone just giving up on a piano -even if it’s in terrible shape. The next best thing would be to see a [...]

Mold-Covered Urbex Art

You’ve seen how abandoned buildings are taken over by vines and spiderwebs and can look really creepy? Daniele Del Nero recreates that feeling in miniature with his buildings covered in natural mold. Grown over several days, the mould used to create these stunning models then dies after two weeks leaving a layer of dust akin to [...]

Find the Church in this Picture

Can’t see it? Neither can I! Under all that foliage is St. Andrew’s Church in Bircham Tofts, England. It was abandoned in the 19th century when parishes were consolidated, but you can still get in, if you know how. There are photos of the interior stonework as well as more exterior shots at Urban Ghosts. [...]

Buried MiG-25 Foxbat Jet

While searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, US Forces found some pretty interesting things in the desert, like this MiG-25 Foxbat interceptor. It was hidden underground with its wings removed. Military personnel dug it up by hand in 2003 and transported the jet to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio for examination. Eventually, [...]