Continuing from: THE 10 GHOST TOWNS IN THE WORLD – PART 1


  • Location: Oradur Sur Glane, France
  • Abandoned since: 1944

Story: During the World War II, Nazi troops moved into the city and completely destroyed it, killing 642 people. Burning cars and houses remained frozen in time to witness the monstrosity of the war and the memory of the people who lost their lives here. This massacre is one of the hardest moments in humanity. All visitors who come to the city are asked to remain silent while walking the  melancholic streets.


  • Location: Centralia , Pennsylvania, USA
  • Abandoned since: 1962, (currently living a few people)

Story: Centralia was abandoned after a fire broke out in 1962 in the coal mines that are under the city. The fire continues to burn today, and may still be active for the next 250 years. Residents have since been evicted.


  • Location: Humberstone, Chile
  • Abandoned since: 1960

Story: Since 2005, the city is protected by UNESCO. Humberstone was a refinery and was in the desert in the north of Chile. Life in the Chilean pampas is extremely rare and dangerous, and the settlement at Humberstone was a residence and place to work for many miners. However, the hostile environment proved awkward and threatening for the lives of the residents. That is why the town was abandoned.


  • Location: Bodie, California, USA
  • Abandoned since: 1942

Story: During the Gold Rush in his best times, Bodie was one of the largest cities throughout California. Bodie grown into a place filled with the features of a big city, such as churches, hospitals, fire departments and even a Chinese street. Today the city is empty and visitors can walk trough the streets of gold and hope.


  • Location: Kayakoy, Turkey
  • Abandoned since: 1923

Story: Thousands of Greek Christians lived here hundreds of years ago in this city, south of Fetiye, in southwestern Turkey. The city remained empty after the Greek-Turkish War. More than 500 houses and several churches are languishing in the garden of collapsible sculptures. Some hope for a revival of the city, such as farmers and craftsmen who began to settle, but in very small numbers.