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Many train stations that were built in the 19th and early 20th century, when luxury train travel was at its pinnacle, are crumbling with its tracks overrun by weeds.
Abstract dinosaur models in London’s Hyde Park
Ruined 11th century abbey built by King David I in Edinburgh, Scotland
Legacy of the earthquake that nearly wiped Lisbon off the face of the Earth
the former julia de burgos school (formerly thomas edison high school) in north philadelphia, pennsylvania, usa.
Remains of Roman amphitheater hidden in a sleepy quarter of Paris
The arena was only rediscovered in 1869, by Théodore Vaquer and construction teams tearing a path for the radical renovation of Paris being undertaken by Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann. Though construction went ahead over part of the ruins of the arena, a spirited public campaign, led by none other than Victor Hugo himself, led to the preservation and restoration of the site in the 1880s and '90s. "It is not possible," argued Hugo,"‘that Paris, the city of the future, should renounce the living proof that it was a city of the past." Having won the salvation of the place, however, Parisians never really figured out anything to do with it, and it has remained something of a neglected curiosity ever since.
An unmanned underground railroad created to transport London’s mail beneath its congested streets ran for seven decades, until it was unceremoniously shut down and abandoned
Site of the first pathological and bacteriological research facility in the United States
Despite having fallen into ruins (along with many of the historic structures on Roosevelt Island), the laboratory was designated a historic landmark in 1972 - however it took until 2010 for a full restoration to put the building back into the near pristine condition you see it in today. The historic structure now hides a power conversion substation for the trains running to the island.
The abandoned felines of Roosevelt Island have a small army of allies and an abandoned hospital all to themselves
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This ruined Japanese stripclub sits half burnt to the ground
The remains of Crystal Palace Great Exhibition of 1851.
Although it was originally intended only as a temporary structure, in 1854 after the close of the exhibition, it was moved to a permanent location at Sydenham in South-East London where it was surrounded by elaborate gardens, and became home to an eclectic assortment of attractions intended to draw back the crowds. Two new 280ft tall water towers designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel powered fountains which launched jets of water 120ft in the air. The Dinosaur Court sculpture garden showed off recently discovered prehistoric beasts was added on the grounds - now a protected landmark still visible today.In 1866 the first of several fires struck, destroying the North transcept. A gigantic aquarium opened in place of the lost trancept in 1871, the largest in the world, hosting over 300 species and requiring 120,000 gallons of saltwater pumped in from Brighton. In the 1890s the fish were replaced by monkeys. Festivals and cricket matches were held on the grounds, along with roller coasters and hot air balloon rides.But by the turn of the century, the Palace was losing money and declared bankruptcy in 1911. The fountains were turned off, and Brunel's huge water towers emptied. So when the building caught fire in 1936, there was no water on hand to put out the blaze.The towers made it through the fire, but were destroyed in WWII for fear that they were easy markers for German bombers. There are now plans to rebuild the water towers on site, reinvented as green technology with wind turbines.
Remnants of a Victorian garden feature sitting in public woodland
abandoned site of former cardboard box factory overlooking the schuylkill river, philadelphia, pennsylvania, usa
Gargoyle head that brings good luck
The gargoyle head was supposed to represent an owl. It was once the end of a pipe that drained rainwater from the top of the building. The pipes were rerouted a long time ago, and water doesn't flow from its mouth anymore.
This abandoned hospital once pioneered the use of electroencephalograms
Opened in 1873, this mental asylum was known for pioneering the use of electroencephalograms, or EEGs, a diagnostic device that measures electrical impulses along the scalp.
The brainchild of a noodle magnate, the South China Mall is the second largest mall on the planet—and it’s 99 percent empty
Guirong’s design team divided the mall into seven themed sections designed to resemble various world locales, including Venice, San Francisco, and Amsterdam. Most of the occupied retail spaces, which account for 1 percent of the mall's available space, consist of fast food chains like a McDonald’s at the mall’s entrance, grocery store, and a few Asian retailers.
The developers hoped the mall would accommodate 100,000 shoppers per day, but the mall has realized only a fraction of its expected foot traffic. The complex stands as vast, desolate shell of a shopping mall.
Crumbling hospital from 1850s on Roosevelt Island
In New York City, the southern tip of Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island) provided ferry access but kept the infected patients far away from the population. Better known for Grace Church on Broadway and St. Patrick's Cathedral on Madison Avenue, James Renwick Jr. designed the smallpox hospital in his Gothic Revival style. From 1856 until 1875, the hospital treated about 7,000 patients a year. In 1875, the building was converted into a nurses' dormitory, and the city smallpox hospital was moved to North Brothers Island, in part because Blackwell's Island had become more densely populated. By the 1950s, Renwick Hospital had become useless and was abandoned by the city, quickly falling into disrepair.
However, in 1975, the Landmarks Preservation Commission took interest in the dilapidated structure and declared it, in its ruin, a city landmark. They reinforced the walls to prevent it from completely falling apart but have not renovated it or opened it for tours. Only some of the outer walls and the foundation remain today. It is behind a fence on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island.