In the 1970s, Villa Epecuén, a tourist village on Lago Epecuén in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, had a population of more 5,000 with 300 thriving businesses and tens of thousands of annual visitors. However, wet weather patterns caused Lago Epecuén and on November 10, 1985, the nearby dam broke, starting a gradual…
Tucked away in a small French village, this hotel is slowly rotting away. The wallpaper is peeling, the ceiling is falling down, and it looks like you might encounter a ghastly resident around any corner.
Gladiatorial games came to an eventual end within the walls the Roman Colosseum in the 6th Century CE, but Romans continued to use the spectacular structure in a variety of ways.
The Centro Financiero Confinanzas (a.k.a. "the David Tower," named after its investor David Brillembourg) stands half-complete in downtown Caracas and is Venezuela's third largest skyscraper.
Red may have featured Helen Mirren firing a gatling gun, but the film wasn't indicative of Warren Ellis' work as a whole. Here are 10 amazing tales from Ellis' oeuvre about such topics as transhuman deities and a dead Galactus.
Russian photographer Slesarev Oleg Victorovitch took these photos of Gagra, a once-thriving resort town on the coast of Black Sea. Gagra was a palatial tourist destination until 1992, when the area was at the forefront of the War in Abkhazia.
Archaeologists have made an incredible discovery: The remains of a palace that belonged to Rome's last royal family before the rebellion that created the Republic. But what rebels did to destroy this symbol of monarchy ironically preserved it.
No, we're not tripping through time with Desmond. The derelict and overgrown plane found in Lost has become a prevalent symbol for a deserted island that's anything but. It also seems to be just as prevalent in the real world.
Nearly a third of Detroit's homes are vacant, and along with the residences, the city's stately hotels and cultural centers have been abandoned as well, falling into dramatic disrepair, their grand ruins still showing the promises of a once-booming city.
Akeno Gekijo was once one of Japan's rare strip clubs, with a central podium, strip poles, and seats facing the stage. Now its charred ruins look more like the setting for a violent apocalypse.
This is the ruined interior of a Methodist Church and community meeting house in Gary, Indiana, after many years of abandonment and neglect. A fascinating series of photographs shows a classic American town being reclaimed by nature.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, many Soviet bases and monuments were left to crumble, never repurposed or reused. These memorials to the USSR stretch across Eastern Europe and Asia, a more global view of a modern nation's ruins.
In 1986, the disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant forced the residents of the town of Prypiat to evacuate, never to return. Today, Prypiat is a collection of crumbling buildings, and nature has begun to reclaim the city.
The mines in Osarizawa and Matsuo closed decades ago, leaving behind the ruins of industry and miners' homes. The shattered landscape offers a foretaste of a not-too-distant apocalypse.