Monday, October 20, 2014

10 abandoned London Underground stations

London Undergournd is the oldest and one of the largest transit systems in the world. During its 150 year history, some of the stations built had to close, mainly due to low passenger numbers. In this post, we take a look at 10 such ghost "stations".

1.  Aldwych tube station

Aldwych station opened in 1907 (as Strand Station) and closed in 1994 due to low passenger numbers. Since then, it has been used as the setting for scenes for various movies and TV programs including V for Vendetta and Atonement.

See also: Visiting the abandoned Aldwych Tube Station

2. City Road Tube Station

City Road station was open from 1901 till 1922 when it shut down due to low usage. The station's building was demolished during the '60s but the lift shaft remains still in place. 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Old Taylor distillery in Kentucky

The Old Taylor distillery is located just southeast of  Frankfort, Kentucky in Woodford County. It was built in 1887 by Col. E. H. Taylor Jr., a longtime Frankfort mayor and descendant of Presidents James Madison and Zachary Taylor. The distillery was known for being the first to produce one million cases of straight bourbon whiskey. The Old Taylor's 83-acre complex was not only a place that made good bourbon whiskey but also one of Kentucky's most popular tourist attractions and a place for gatherings and weddings. 

Col. Taylor died in 1922 at age 90. The distillery was sold in 1935 and was later consolidated with the adjacent Old Crow distillery. It shut down in 1972 when bourbon sales slumped. Whiskey barrels continued to be aged in Old Taylor's warehouses until the early 1990s.

Since 1972, when the distillery shut down, the property has been vandalized, neglected and reclaimed by nature. In May 2014 the new owner of the site announced plans to restore and reopen the Old Taylor distillery, putting it back to the Bourbon Trail. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

An abandoned Soviet era circus in Moldova

This abandoned circus is situated in the heart of Chisinau, the capital and and largest city of the Republic of Moldova. It was originally constructed back in 1981 when the country was known as the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic and it was a part of the USSR. In the Soviet era, circus was very popular and this is why this large and impressive building was built. In its auditorium there is space for 2,000 spectators. 

Times changed though and today Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe. The circus closed in 2004 for repairs but it never opened again. The inside however remains almost intact, perhaps waiting for better days to come.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

The abandoned Loew's Kings Theatre in New York

Loew's Kings Theatre opened September 7, 1929 in Brooklyn. The 3,676 seat house was built and operated by the Loew's Theatres chain, and was one of the five "Loew's Wonder Theatres" in the New York metropolitan area. It originally presented shows that combined movies and live vaudeville. Many celebrities who grew up in Brooklyn and went to area high schools worked as ushers at Loew's Kings, among them were Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler.

King's Theatre closed in 1971 and fell in disrepair for the next 4 decades. Although it was left intact at the time it shut down, extensive physical damage was sustained to its interior as a result of decades of neglect, water damage and vandalism. The City of New York, owner of the theater since 1979, decided in 2010 to fully restore it and renovate it in order to be used as a modern theater, accommodating some 250 performances a year. Restoration works are currently in progress and Kings Theatre is going to reopen in 2015. Most of the following photos where taken before these works began.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

An abandoned university in Belgium

This university in Belgium has been left abandoned, with last students leaving in 2005. In its classrooms and corridors there are still teaching materials and equipment left behind, among them thousands of computer punched cards. Blogger lunie_chan visited the abandoned university a few months ago. 

All photos by lunie_chan

Monday, September 1, 2014

Nara Dreamland, an abandoned theme park in Japan

Nara Dreamland theme park was built in 1961 near the city of Nara, Japan. The creators of the park were inspired by Disneyland in California and tried to replicate the same feel, copying some of the main landmarks including the Train depot, a Main Street, U.S.A. and the familiar Sleeping Beauty Castle. The park had its own mascots, which were 2 kids dressed as bear skinned guards, named Ran-chan and Dori-chan.

Nara Dreamland closed permanently on August 31, 2006 due to low visitor numbers. Everything inside the park, including the rides and reastaurants, was left induct and is still standing today. This gives the impression of an eerie ghost town, attracting many urban explorers.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Ordos, China: The world's largest ghost town

Kangbashi New Area, part of Ordos City in the Chinese Inner Mongolia, was built in 2004 to house 300,000 people. It was part of an ambitious plan to create a glitzy, state-of-the-art commercial and residential zone that would house affluent citizens. 17 billion yuan were spent to transform the area into a  postmodern metropolis with spaceship-like government towers, Dubai-style skyscrapers, museums, libraries, theaters, sculpture squares and luxury bungalows.

However, only about 2% of the buildings were filled. High home prices were blamed for keeping prospective buyers away. Today about 20,000-30,000 people live in the city which has population density of 469 people per square kilometer, which is less than 5% of the average for Chinese small cities. As the city remained virtually empty, prices fell from $1,100 per square foot in 2006 to $470 a square foot in December 2011 but that wasn't enough to attract new buyers. Today, most of residents of the district are government employees who bought their houses with a discount of 50% or more. The remaining houses were bought by coal tycoons who then chose to live elsewhere.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Athens Olympic Games sites, 10 years later

Two years ago, we took a look at the 2004 Athens Olympics venues, 8 years after the Games, and found most of them to be abandoned and in disrepair.

This summer, 10 years after the Olympic Games, we find that almost nothing has changed. Even though the Games were considered a success back in 2004, there were no plans whatsoever for the future use of most of the sporting facilities. Many of them were never used again in the last 10 years, while others, such as the Athens Olympic Sports Complex, don't receive proper maintenance due to lack of funding.

Meanwhile, just last week the Greek government announced that it has no responsibility for the condition of the Athens Olympic facilities and that most of them will be sold to private investors soon.

See also: Athens Olympic Games sites, 8 years later

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