Abandoned Places

There is no official term for fascination with abandoned places.  Although, like with any human interest, several attempts have been made – from rather sterile “urban exploration” (urbex or urbanex for short) to the kinky “ruin porn”.  There isn’t even a clear understanding what it actually is – curiosity, hobby, obsession, or a medical condition that pushes people to find and explore old, derelict, abandoned and decrepit buildings of different eras. 

From the ruins of Pompeii to modern-day industrial facilities that fell victim to time, fashion or nature, abandoned places are capsules of the time gone by and provide a sneak peek into what life looked like at the times of their glory.

Mine started quite accidentally, and developed if not into obsession, but at least into a strong curiosity.  For me, abandoned places are not only a window into the past, but places of rest and contemplation, happily devoid of people.  Many friends and family members have been dragged through a variety of abandoned places with me, and I would like you to join in on those short tips, and maybe catch the ruin porn bug as well.

Villa Gal-Turkovic

Rijeka, Croatia

St. Peter’s Seminary

Cardross, Scotland

Park Hotel

Rijeka, Croatia

Buchanan Castle

Stirlingshire, Scotland

Checkpoint Alpha

Marienborn-Helmstedt, Germany

Montecatini Alumetal Plant

Rovereto, Trentino/Italy

Haludovo Palace Hotel

Malinska, Krk/Croatia


Pripyat, Ukraine

Project Faultless

Nye County, Nevada/USA

Frauenwald Nitocelluloze Factory

Landsberg-am-Lech, Bavaria/Germany