In your lifetime, you'll visit a number of places that'll take your breath away. The Eiffel Tower, the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, or even the end point of a local hike. And then there are some places that are as curious as they are beautiful, in fact so curious that you'll feel shivers up and down your spine just standing there.
Below you'll find 32 of these places, a majority of which were abandoned due to budget cuts and fires, among other reasons. Neglected for years, many of these dilapidated structures are now being reclaimed by nature, and it's as awe-inspiring as ever.
#1. Signs of life at a deserted church in France.
#2. The SS American Star wrecked on a beach at Fuerteventura, the Canary Islands.
#3. Houtou Wan on Gouqi Island in China was once a fishing village, but the area is now covered in blankets of green.
#4. North Wales Hospital, or Denbigh Asylum was officially closed in 2002.
#5. A farmhouse in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada.
#6. A castle in the Polish village of Kopice.
#7. This stranded ship is barely hanging on in County Louth, Ireland.
#8. Follow the Yellow Brick Road at Beech Mountain, North Carolina, where Grover Robbins opened the now defunct Land of Oz.
#9. You can find the Quinta da Regaleira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sintra, Portugal. Here's a photo of an Initiation well on the property, which despite its name existed only for ceremonial purposes.
#10. Stairway to Heaven, or Haiku Stairs, at Oahu's Koolau Mountain in Hawaii offers breathtaking scenes of the area.
#11. An abandoned church in Detroit, Michigan.
#12. Chee Tor Tunnel at Miller's Dale, a popular spot to visit in England. It was closed in 1968 due to governmental budget cuts.
#13. The Crystal Mill, also know as Old Mill, in Colorado was constructed by George C. Eaton and B.S. Phillips in 1893.
#14. The Norwegian countryside is a nature lover's dream.
#15. Wreck of a cargo ship, the Giannis D, in the Red Sea.
#16. The Hotel del Salto in the Tequendama Falls area of Colombia began welcoming wealthy travelers in 1928. Rumor has it that the hotel is haunted due to the number of suicides in the area.
#17. A wondrous derelict chapel.
#18. These curious dome homes were originally built in 1980 and 1982 by Bob Lee in Florida.
#19. A humble abode on Route 66, Arizona.
#20. Can you imagine the memories made in this Berlin ballroom?
#21. Flowing mist throughout Malibu Hills.
#22. The ghost town of Belchite in the province of Zaragoza is home to beautiful and haunting remnants of the Spanish Civil War.
#23. Rays enliven a Belgian chateau that has collected piles of dust over the years.
#24. A railway tunnel in Paris, enveloped in nature.
#25. An unused church in Portugal.
#26. An enchanting country house without a single inhabitant.
#27. A photo of Henryton State Hospital in Marriottsville, Maryland, before its demolition a few years ago.
#28. A building under stormy skies in Ukraine, Kiev.
#29. Quinto Real Royal Arms Factory Eugi in northwestern Navarre.
#30. Ruins of a castle in Sintra, Portugal.