Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia.

Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia (via Wikimedia) Cambodia is the closest you can get, today, to your own real life Indiana Jones movie. There, the temples of Angkor seem built into the fabric of the forest itself, bats flap their leathery wings in the vaults, and incense drifts down the empty colonnades. The god-kings of Angkor […]

Joyland: An abandoned amusement park in Kansas.

Joyland: An abandoned amusement park in Kansas. Joyland was once the largest theme park in central Kansas but today it remains abandoned and vandalised. It opened in 1949 and it remained in continuous operation for 55 years, until 2004 when it shut down due to economical troubles and safety concerns. The park had more than […]

Is Polveglia Haunted?

A quarantine station, a dumping ground for plague victims, more recently a mental hospital — the tiny island of Poveglia in the Venice Lagoon has served many unpleasant purposes over the years, but today it stands empty, a crumbling collection of abandoned buildings and weeds run riot just two miles from the glittering palaces of […]

The Port Arthur Convict Coal Mine.

When an outcrop of coal was discovered at Plunkett Point by surveyors in 1833, immediate plans were made by the government to exploit the area. A local supply of coal for the colony was not the only benefit envisaged by Lt. Governor Arthur: “I think it is not possible that better employ will be found […]

Goussainville-Vieux Pays.

All images by TiBo. Just 12 miles north of central Paris lies one of the world’s most fascinating and tragic ghost towns. Wandering into the picturesque farming village of Goussainville-Vieux Pays is like stepping back in time. Virtually abandoned for over 40 years, the end effectively came for the pretty Parisian suburb when the cutting-edge […]

Ruins of the Mayan City of Palenque.

Image: Jan Harenburg, A fairly recently discovered ruined city lying in the protective embrace of the Mexican jungles, Palenque is one of the most breathtaking of all Mayan ruins. Known for its intricate carvings and as the resting place of Pakal the Great, the city was once a thriving metropolis between 500 and 700 AD […]

Old Car City, a Classic Car Junkyard.

A sign in the front reads “The world’s oldest junkyard jungle, here 80 years.” Old Car City contains over 4,000 classic cars from the mid century — most of them from year 1972 or older — strewn over 34 acres of forested property. There are old Fords, big-finned Cadillacs and even the rare 1941 Mack […]

The Forgotten Chateau in the Ardennes.

All images by Tom Blackwell – Lucid Dreams This isn’t the first time Urban Ghosts has featured the forgotten Chateau de Noisy, venturing beyond the foreboding Gothic facade to scenes of dereliction and decay within. But this haunting series of photographs by urban explorer Tom Blackwell beautifully captures the atmosphere of the abandoned building in […]

Ghost Towns – Two Guns, Arizona.

The story behind Two Guns, originally called Canyon Lodge, is a sad one. It all started in the 1920s, when the infamous Route 66 gained massive traffic from adventurous travellers. Many of these travellers stopped for supplies at Canyon Lodge, which was just a small trading post run by Earle and Louise Cundiff at the […]

‘Broken Things.

For last week’s photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of ‘broken’.  Here’s more of our favourites: via Beyond repair: readers’ photos on the theme of ‘broken’ – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.