Urban Exploration Photographers Are Sharing The ‘Abandoned Beauties’ They Found, And Here Are 84 Of Their Best Pics

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There aren’t too many opportunities to feel like an adventurer in modern times. However, exploring abandoned places and finding unexpected treasures can give you that deep thrill. You might not bring anything physical back to show for your efforts, but the photos you take and the first-hand experiences make for even better souvenirs.

The ‘Abandoned Beauties’ Facebook page is dedicated to urban exploration (aka Urbex or UE) and showcasing gorgeous images of abandoned places and objects. Both past and present. We’ve got a beautiful selection of photos from them to share with you today, Pandas, so go on and have a scroll down into the mysterious, uncharted wilds of Urbex. Upvote your fave photos and, if you’ve ever gone exploring like this yourselves, tell us all about it in the comments.

A very strong note of warning, dear Pandas: your safety is of paramount importance. If you plan on exploring any abandoned places, you need to take the necessary precautions and be extremely careful. I know that you’re all very capable, but you can’t go adventuring without the proper preparations if you want to stay safe. More on that below.

#1 Abandoned Mansion, Belgium

Image credits: bastionjanksi

#2 The Stairway Of An Abandoned Button Factory

Image credits: Abandoned Beauties

#3 Mcdermott’s Castle, Abandoned Fairytale Irish Castle In The Middle Of A Lake, County Roscommon, Ireland

Image credits: malteheitmueller

‘Abandoned Beauties’ has quite the member count over on Facebook. A whopping 435.8k people follow the page. It’s easy to see why.

The photos are stunning and evoke a sense of mystery, adventure, and uncovering lost secrets. The photos are also peppered with a heavy dose of creepiness that makes us just uncomfortable enough to keep us alert.

#4 Abandoned Castle In Italy

Image credits: Abandoned Beauties

#5 Abandoned Casino In Romania

Image credits: The Glory of Disrepair

#6 Abandoned Glasshouse

Image credits: kollaps3n

The founder of the ‘Abandoned Beauties’ project notes that they credit all the photographers for their work. If you notice a gorgeous photo without any credits, then that means that the image is either part of the creative commons license or the page wasn’t able to find the original photographer.

#7 A Library Inside An Abandoned 19th Century Victorian Mansion. Who Wants To Explore??

Image credits: Abandoned Beauties

#8 The Ruins Of Bannerman’s Castle, An Abandoned Military Surplus Warehouse, Still Stand In The Middle Of The Hudson River

Image credits: Kim Zier Photography

#9 Aniva Lighthouse In Sakhalin, North Of Japan

Image credits: lanasator

If you have any questions about all of that and you want to give the photographers a follow but can’t seem to find the original source, try asking the page moderator or the community itself. You never know, you might find someone who’s in the know!

#10 Abandoned Hotel In Northern Italy (San Pellegrino)

Image credits: Abandoned Beauties

#11 Ballysaggartmore Towers Are Two Ornate Entrance Lodges (One Also Acts As A Bridge) That Are Situated On The Former Ballysaggartmore Demesne Approx 2.5 Kilometres From The Town Of Lismore In County Waterford, Ireland. The Structures Are Were Constructed For An Anglo Irish Landlord, Arthur Keily-Ussher No Later Than 1834

Image credits: michaela.abeyphotography

#12 Shengsi Islands

There are few reminders of the power of nature as beautiful and stark as the scenes at the abandoned village of Houtouwan, on the Shengsi archipelago just off the Chinese mainland. This small fishing village was only deserted in the early 1990s, but since then nearly every building has been enveloped by some of the densest greenery you will ever see.

Image credits: w.n__t

One thing to keep in mind is that, overwhelmingly, the authors of the photos don’t add details about the precise locations. This is done very much on purpose, in order to protect the locations and objects from vandalism.

#13 Abandoned Hotel Del Salto, Colombia. Explore Or Ignore?

Image credits: Abandoned Beauties

#14 A Perfect Place For Peaceful Thoughts And Meditation

Image credits: hello_nady

#15 The Magnificence Of An Abandoned Place

Image credits: instabruijn

Keeping the locations secret is a very practical approach. While a handful of urban explorers visiting an abandoned ship (which is dangerous in itself) might not do much harm (especially if they don’t remove anything as souvenirs), the same can’t be said about dozens, hundreds, or possibly even thousands of visitors.

#16 The Garden Of Ninfa Is A Landscape Garden In The Territory Of Cisterna Di Latina, In The Province Of Latina, Central Italy

The garden includes the ruins of the ancient settlement of Ninfa, whose name seems to derive from a classical era nymphaeum, a temple dedicated to nymphs, located on an island in the small lake.

Image credits: robyrabs

#17 A Very Little Key Will Open A Very Heavy Door. Charles Dickens

Image credits: kimzier11

#18 Fairy Tale House

Image credits: u_r_b_e_x__

Imagine if a huge flood of urban explorers would end up going to a single location. Some of them might be veterans who know to treat the location with care, however, others might be amateurs who damage the place willfully or by accident.

#19 An Old Castle That’s Been Left Behind In England

Image credits: _marcelsiebert

#20 Volkswagen Graveyard

Image credits: cstone710

#21 Beautiful Abandoned Miners’ Cottages In A Disused Slate Quarry In Snowdonia, North Wales

The quarry closed in 1969 due to industry decline and because 170-years of working the site had reaulted in waste tips sliding into the main pit workings.

Image credits: peter.pup

More foot traffic means more wear and tear and that means that the risk of getting hurt increases. Someone might weaken the floorboards in an abandoned shack or someone else might have vandalized the railings, leading to a nasty fall.

#22 Abandoned Beauty

Image credits: decades_of_decay

#23 Smirnykh, Sakhalinskaya Oblast’, Russia

Originally, the airfield on this place was built in the early 20th century for the Imperial Japanese Army and was called Keton. It consisted of a 1200 m long concrete runway, gravel taxiways and about 20 equipped aircraft parking lots.

After the Soviet Union regained control over Sakhalin in 1945, the Smirnykh airfield (both the village and airfield were renamed in 1946 after the battalion commander who died in the battles for the liberation of the island in this area) became home to the 528th Fighter Aviation Regiment, which performed the tasks of air defense of Sakhalin Island and its marine zone.

In 1966, the airfield was reconstructed. A new runway with a length of 2,000 m was built, which was later extended to 2,500 m, as well as reinforced concrete shelters for aircrafts with fan exit to taxiways.

In 1994 the fighter aviation regiment was disbanded. The aircrafts were moved to Komsomolsk-on-Amur, where a storage base was equipped, but later all of them were disposed off. But two MiG-23s, one combat aircraft and one combat trainer, were left in hangars at the Smirnykh, where they remain to this day…

Image credits: lanasator

#24 Abandoned Villa In Italy

Image credits: glory.of.disrepair

Part of being an urban explorer means keeping a lot of information secret, only sharing it with a small handful of trustworthy community members. Posting photos is fine; shouting about where you took them isn’t.

#25 Room With A View

Image credits: pearlogs

#26 Abandoned House In The Swamp

Image credits: Abandoned Beauties

#27 Ghost Cloud Temple

Image credits: glory.of.disrepair

Preparation is everything when it comes to Urbex. That means getting yourself a good pair of gloves, a pair of thick shoes, and wearing a quality dust mask. When you venture out, you should be wearing heavy clothing and perhaps even a helmet of some sort to protect your body from any debris or in the case of a fall.

#28 Abandoned Beach House Slowly Being Reclaimed By The Sea, North Carolina

Image credits: meunderwears

#29 Abandoned Guitar Factory

Image credits: hirooooox

#30 Strasbourg, France

Image credits: urbex_et_prestige

Before you venture out, do some research about the area and the specific location. Reach out to any local Urbex communities or any pals who you know go exploring after school or work. Whenever possible, consider starting your adventure with a partner or two by your side. That way, if one of you gets hurt, the other can help! And that means that you all get back home safely, ready to share your fantastic photos with everyone on the internet.

#31 Abandoned Chapel In France

Image credits: isabelle_van_assche

#32 A Sanatorium, In Poland. Explore Or Ignore?

Image credits: Abandoned Beauties

#33 Awesome Staircase In Europe

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#34 Soviet Era Tupolev 104 Jet

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#35 If Walls Could Talk…

Image credits: Alexandr Nikulin

#36 Abandoned Spa Town In The Czech Republic

Image credits: Abandoned Beauties

#37 Abandoned Library

Image credits: lanasator

#38 Brings Back Memories Of Phantom Of The Opera

Image credits: shutter.shocked

#39 Hidden In The Forest

Image credits: abandoned_nordic

#40 Skola Tower. Italia

Image credits: ir0n4ss

#41 I Don’t Understand Why People Abandoned Beautiful Properties Like This

Image credits: tmaxfirenze

#42 Abandoned Train In Siberia

Image credits: Abandoned Beauties

#43 Abandoned Somewhere

Image credits: Jonny D.G

#44 Staircase Inside An Abandoned Hospital

Image credits: sketchyjawns

#45 Be Careful!

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#46 Italy

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#47 A Roman Bathhouse Still In Use After 2,000 Years In Khenchela, Algeria

Image credits: ACAA

#48 This Is A Ship Is Stranded On Koh Chang And Used To Be Bookable As Accommodation. Now It’s Completely Deserted For Some Years Already And People Call It The ‘Ghost Ship’

Image credits: florisgone

#49 An Overgrown Pool At An Abandoned Mansion. Location Unknown

Image credits: chicago_jenn

#50 Nature Taking Over

Image credits: Abandoned Beauties

#51 Sintra

Image credits: d.p.abandoned_explorer

#52 Abandoned 19th Century Greenhouse, France

Image credits: jahzdesignoff

#53 This Beautiful Synagogue Has Been Abandoned For Over 20 Years

Image credits: jeroentaal

#54 Poland

Image credits: bokehmOn

#55 Abandoned…

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#56 Palace

Image credits: michael_thielemann

#57 Abandoned Hotel – 2019

Image credits: pearlogs

#58 Who’s Interested In Escaping Civilization And Buying Their Own Private Island In Wales? This Fixer Upper Sea Fort With Epic Views Is Now For Sale, It Was Last Upgraded In 1859!

Image credits: johnedwardjames

#59 Abandoned Bank Vault

Image credits: adventure_as_one

#60 A Glimpse Of Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji Temple, Arashiyama, Japan

Image credits: Abandoned Beauties

#61 A 14th Century Abandoned Castle In Scotland

Image credits: Abandoned Beauties

#62 An Abandoned Carousel

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#63 The Gate Keeper At The Abandoned Putzar Castle In Germany

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#64 They Do Not Make Anything Like They Use To

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#65 Derailed

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#66 Old Castle In New Hampshire

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#67 This Sculpture Of Jesus At Abandoned Cemetery In Poland Gets Slowly Absorbed By A Tree

Image credits: Abandoned Beauties

#68 Sevastopol Shipyard

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#69 Atmosphere In Russia

Image credits: svetoch_13

#70 An Overgrown Boat On The River In Europe, Exact Location Unknown

Image credits: x4ligula

#71 Abandoned 19th Century Greenhouse

Image credits: Mathias Mahling

#72 Abandoned Castle In France That Once Employed Over 1,200 People At Its Peak

Image credits: Christophe_van_de_walle

#73 Abandoned And Beautiful

Image credits: aurelienvillette

#74 Overgrown Greenhouse In Illinois, United States

Image credits: tvelor

#75 Abandoned Church In France Where Nature Has Taken Over

Image credits: isabelle_van_assche

#76 On Planet Earth

Image credits: kings_abandoned

#77 French Castle

Image credits: sab_chd

#78 The Splendor Still Shines Through

Image credits: Exploringwithtyler

#79 Abandoned Observation Tower At Coral Island, Bahamas

Image credits: zabroshennooe

#80 Abandoned 19th Century Greenhouse

Image credits: pearlogs

#81 Amazing 19th Century Staircase On An Abandoned Building!

Image credits: Abandoned Beauties

#82 Abandoned Chapel

Image credits: jim_carroll__

#83 Villa In Italy

Image credits: bando.bill

#84 An Old Sanatorium Where Nature Has Begun To Take Over. Exact Location Unknown

Image credits: mgness_urbexery


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