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If ghostly experiences don't scare you, on the contrary you are constantly looking for the thrill of adrenaline, you should definitely visit a ghost town! Deserted towns are caused by atural events such as eruptions, landslides and floods, or wars and catastrophes caused by men.
The expression ghost town was first used by Swedish journalist Jan-Olof Bengtsson, during a visit to the abandoned city of Famagusta, on the Greek island of Cyprus. On August 14th 1974, during the war between Greece and Turkey, it was attacked and subsequently occupied, thus becoming a military territory, and then abandoned.
Here are our top 6 most evocative ghost cities in the world!
Located in a region called Basilicata, Craco was abandoned in 1963 due to a landslide. Its fascinating atmosphere has attracted several directors who chose it as the natural set for their movies, including Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ and 007 - Quantum of Solace by Marc Forster.
Located in northern Ukraine, near the Belarusian border, Pripyat was built in 1970 to house many of the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The city was evacuated on April 27, 1986, the day after the nuclear accident. The 47,000 inhabitants were allowed to take away only one suitcase each with documents, books and uncontaminated clothes.
Oradour-sur-Glane was a small French town in New Aquitaine when it was destroyed on 10 June 1944, four days after the Allied invasion of Normandy. The German troops opposed resistance with a reprisal and exterminated all the inhabitants. At the end of the conflict, General Charles De Gaulle ordered the original maintained as a permanent memorial and museum.
Mandu, also known as Mandav or Mandavgad, is a fortress ghost town in the Indian region of Madhya Pradesh. Once magnificent, it has been abandoned and in ruin for over 400 years. Mandu is surrounded by 45 km of walls and parapets built with boulders and salvaged material, interrupted by 12 portals. Today it is occasionally inhabited by nomadic people.
Kolmanskop is a ghost town in southern Namibia. In the early 1900s, after learning that its area was rich in diamonds, many German miners settled there and built a village in an Alemannic style. The city, however, became depopulated after the First World War with the decrease in diamond mining and was finally abandoned in 1954. Today the town has a particularly ghostly air, as the sand dunes have invaded uninhabited homes.
Surrounded by the hills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, California, Bodie is one of the most famous ghost cities in the United States, your typical Far West city. It was abandoned at the end of the gold fever: there were about 10,000 residents, but they progressively went away with the exhaustion of mineral resources. Some of the buildings of this ancient city are still standing and interiors are intact. However, don't dare to steal something as a souvenir: people say that disturbing ghosts roam the city, protecting it from thieves!
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