15 Breathtaking Forgotten Places In The World

Places around the world that will make you forget to breathe

Amphitheater in Pula, Croatia

Emma Sanders, Copy Editor

There are many stunning places to which we all want to go, and we all want to go to these places because we know about them. But what about all of the places you have never heard of because they are not on the cover of magazines, and do not attract hundreds of tourists per year? These are some of the most incredible and forgotten places in the world.

1. Maunsell Forts:
The Maunsell Army Forts are located off the shire of the Thames Estuary, and were created to protect English shores from German soldiers during the Second World War. They were decommissioned during the 1950s, and became a radio station for pirates before being abandoned.

2. Prabalgad Fort:
Prabalgad Fort is located in India, between Matheran and Panvel. The elevation of the fort is 2,300 feet, and requires quite a journey to reach it. Prabalgad is a temple to the Indian God Ganesh, and still remains beautiful despite its many years of neglect.

3. Christ of the Abyss:
Christ of the Abyss is a bronze statue of Jesus Christ created by Guido Galletti, and placed at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea in 1954. Over times the statue has been decorated by algae, and looks even more wonderful because of it. As you can imagine, this statue does not get many visitors, but it is possible to scuba dive to the bottom of the sea and see Abyss of the Christ.

4. Bobsled Track in Sarajevo:
In 1984, the Winter Olympics were held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, which included a bobsled track. After the Winter Olympics passed, the track was used for World Cup competitions, and then in 1991 during the Yugoslav War, the track was used as an artillery position by Bosnian Serb forces. Today, the bobsled track is covered in graffiti and overrun by nature.

5. Paris Catacombs:
While there are catacombs all over the world, the most well known are the ones in Paris, France, which house the remains of approximately six million people. The Paris catacombs were created over the course of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries due to overcrowded cemeteries. While they are slightly creepy, the catacombs are definitely intricately designed.

6. Buzludzha:
Buzludzha is the house of the Bulgarian Communist Party, and is located in the Balkan Mountains. At a building cost of 35 million dollars, it makes sense that this building almost rivals the Millennium Falcon. Almost. Buzludzha was abandoned in 1868 after the final battle between the Bulgarian rebels and Ottoman Empire forces.

7. Aokigahara Forest:
The Aokigahara Forest is located in Mount Fuji, Japan, and has had more than a few movies made about it. The Aokigahara Forest is said to be haunted by angry Japanese spirits, and is nicknamed “Suicide Forest” because of the crazy numbers of suicides taken place in the forest. While this forest sure is creepy at night, during the day, it is majestic.

8. Nazca Lines:
Little is known about the Nazca Lines, except that they are located in the Nazca desert in Peru, and were created by the ancient Nazca culture between the years of 500 BC to AD 500. The lines create images of trees, flowers, and animals, and remain one of the most beautiful rememants from ancient South American cultures.

9. Pula, Croatia:
Pula, Croatia is home to one of the most intact amphitheatrical ruins in the world. The amphitheater was created sometime between the years of 27 B.C. and A.D. 68, and seated an impressive 20,000 viewers. While the Pula amphitheater is stunning, it gets little publicity, adding to its mostly forgotten existence.

10. Bermuda Triangle Shipwrecks:
The Bermuda Triangle is perhaps the largest natural recipient of conspiracy theories, and for good reason. Planes have been disappearing into the Bermuda Triangle since planes were invented, but the first shipwreck in the Bermuda Triangle occurred around the year 1800. Today, a string of sunken ships can be seen beneath the surface of the water.

11. El Hotel De Saltó, Bogotá, Colombia:
El Hotel De Saltó was built in 1923 by architect Carlos Arturo Tapias, and was abandoned in the 1990’s. According to local legend, indigenous Muisca Indians used to jump from the Tequendama Falls next to the hotel to avoid being captured by Conquistadors, and would transform into eagles while falling, and fly to freedom.

12. Kolmanskop, Namibia:
Kolmanskop is a ghost town is the Namibian desert. Formerly home to 12% of the world’s diamonds, diamonds were so common people could dig them up in the street, but when the diamonds ran out, so did all of the people, the last of which left in 1956.

13. Temple of Santiago, Mexico:
The Temple of Santiago is actually a 450 year old church that was hidden underwater for centuries. However, recently, a drought in Mexico caused the water in which the church was hidden to drop a dramatic 80 feet, submerging the church, half of which is still under water.

14. Ta Prohm Temple:
The Ta Prohm Temple is located in Angkor Wat, Cambodia, and was abandoned during the dark ages of Cambodia, after the fall of the Khmer Empire in the seventeenth century. While the temple is overgrown by roots and trees, it is captivating, and looks like in the background of an Indiana Jones movie.

15. Power Plant IM, Charleroi, Belgium:
Built in 1921, the Power Plant IM was one of two power plants in Belgium, and was the largest coal burning power plant in Belgium. However, the plant was closed 2007 due to increasing CO2 emissions. Now, while the plant is abandoned, it is beautifully modern and picturesque.

Maybe now that you know about some of these places, you will want to be one of the rare people that visits them. Or maybe you will simply appreciate how much some of these places look like they belong in a movie.