Some abandoned places around the world and the history behind them

The Pontiac Silverdome, Michigan

The Pontiac Silverdome was once home to major events like the Super Bowl and concerts by The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Led Zeppelin. However, since the Detroit Lions left back in 2002 it has been empty and abandoned. It is now in the process of being demolished.

Graun Church Tower, Lake Reschen, Italy

Graun Church on Lake Reschen in South Tyrol, Italy, was once a regular Italian church. However, an artificial lake was built in 1950 in order to provide the town with electricity, drowning the historic church.

Today, all that remains visible is the church’s bell tower, which looks as though it’s floating in the middle of the lake.

Ross Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

Vegetation has all but consumed the remains of the the island, which was once referred to as the “Paris of the East.”

In its prime, it was home to British government officials, as well as a penal settlement set up after the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The British residents made it their home with extravagant dance halls, bakeries, clubs, pools, and gardens, until 1941 brought an earthquake and an invasion by the Japanese. Ross Island was then alternately claimed by the Japanese and British until 1979, when the island was given to the Indian Navy, which established a small base there.

Today, tour groups visit the island almost every day.

Maunsell Sea & Air Forts, Thames and Mersey estuaries, United Kingdom

During World War II, the Maunsell Army Sea & Air Forts were built to defend England against German forces.

A group of forts raised above the water on stilts made up the complex, designed by Guy Maunsell, a British civil engineer.

The forts officially closed in the 1950s, but the structures that remain can occasionally be seen from land at East Beach Park in Southend-on-Sea.

Kolmanskop, Namibia

Kolmanskop was at its liveliest in the early 1900s, when German miners came to the area to hunt for diamonds. With them, they brought German architecture, giving the desert area an opulent, out of place look. The town featured a ballroom, a hospital, and a bowling alley among other amenities.

The town’s decline began shortly after World War I, but the final nail in the coffin was the 1928 discovery of a diamond-rich area along the coast. Most of Kolmanskop’s residents hurried to the new hotspot, leaving their belongings and the town behind.

Kolmanskop has been slowly getting eaten by the desert ever since. Tours to Kolmanskop can be booked in the nearby coastal town of Lüderitz.

The Orpheum Theatre, New Bedford, Massachusetts

In its heyday, the Orpheum Theatre was a prime example of Beaux-Arts architecture, thanks to its flat roof and symmetrical design. Its interior was equally impressive.

It first opened on April 15, 1912, the same day that the Titanic sank. The space also boasted a large ballroom, gymnasium, and a shooting range, making it a popular event space in New Bedford.

The building has gone through several owners since its closure in 1962, and plans have been in the works to reopen it as a community theater in recent years. While it has not yet reopened, urban explorers frequent the site and claim that it’s haunted.