Balestrino in Italy suffered from earthquakes over the years and eventually in 1953, the government took the decision to evacuate the town.
Athens hosted the Olympics in 2004 but after the games, many of the venues were abandoned as Greece struggled through a financial crisis.
The Botanic Gardens Railway Station in Glasgow closed in 1939. The building was destroyed by fire and demolished but the platforms remain.
Lavrentiy Beria was the head of the KGB following World War II. His extravagant dacha was abandoned when he was executed in 1953.
In 2007, Ireland’s property bubble burst leaving over 230,000 homes abandoned in ghost estates such as Cnoc An Iuir in Leitrim.
Battersea Power Station consisted of 2 identical coal power generating stations. It closed in 1983 and was left abandoned for many years.
Whittingham Hospital was one of England’s largest mental health facilities but an abuse scandal was the beginning of a steady decline.
Conza Della Campania and the ancient site of Compsa was destroyed in an earthquake in 1980 and replaced with a new town nearby.
Agdam is a ghost town in the disputed Republic of Artsakh and was abandoned during the Nagorno-Karabakh War between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Abbey Mills Pumping Station was a sewage plant on Abbey Lane in East London known as the Cathedral of Sewage because of its elaborate design.