In a small village in southern Belgium called Chatillion, there is a graveyard of old cars which once belonged to the US army. Their soldiers were given these cars while they were stationed in Belgium during World War II. When the war was over the soldiers needed to decide what to do with their cars. They were given the option of having them shipped back to the US which the individual soldier would have to pay for. In the meantime, they parked all of the cars at the top of a hill where they wouldn’t be in the way.
Unsurprisingly, once the soldiers returned back to their lives in America, they were not interested in shipping a car from Belgium, and as a result, they were just abandoned in what looks like a car graveyard.
An Abandoned Store Lies Desolate In Fukushima
In March 2011 a huge earthquake and tsunami hit the region. This led to a nuclear power plant having a radiation leak meaning the entire population of the city needed to be evacuated from Fukushima. This was a mass exodus of more than 300,00 people. At the time the population of the town thought they might be returning home at a later date, but with the resulting nuclear leak, the area was deemed unsafe.
This is an image of an abandoned supermarket which is just one of the thousands of buildings, whether homes or businesses that were evacuated as a result of this disaster.
Christ Of The Abyss At San Fruttuoso, Italy
This statue of Jesus Christ was designed to be submerged into the sea to represent Christ offering a benediction of peace as he casts his eyes towards the sky and into heaven. The bronze statue was designed by Guido Galletti and placed in the Mediterranean Sea between Camogli and Portofino, which is near the spot where Dario Gonzatti, the first Italian scuba diver died.
The statue was taken out of the water in 2003 for restoration purposes as the bronze had started to corrode and the statue was covered in crustaceans. Once the statue had been restored to its original glory, it was put back into the sea in 2004.
Smoking volcano on Mount Sinaburg
When the volcano Mount Sinaburg in Karo, Indonesia erupted, it filled the sky with smoke and ash where an abandoned church sat in its path of destruction. The Mount Sinabung volcano is highly active and in recent years has erupted several times. This has meant the local population has left the area, and so many buildings, homes, and churches have been left abandoned. Many fled the area when in 2015 another eruption took place and many residents decided to live in the path of a now-active volcano was too significant a risk to take.
Sadly, those who left were leaving their homes and their livelihoods, many of them farmers, and ended up staying in refugee camps. The hope is that once the volcano becomes dormant again, they will be able to return to their homes which currently lay abandoned, and rejuvenate their lives there.
Fishing Hut On A lake In Germany
Deep within the mountains of the Berchtesgaden National Park sits a deserted old fishing hut resting on the waters of the Obersee Lake. By the time it was rediscovered the hut had been completely emptied with no signs as to who the previous owners were or when it was built. Nestled in this beautiful scenery, you can imagine the joy it must be to sit in total peace and quiet and fish from the surrounding waters.
We bet this is a popular lake with locals, as well as those from further afield thanks to its gorgeous setting and ample stocks of freshwater fish enjoy the solitude and the scenery as they wait for the big catch of the day.