As obsessed as humans are with progress, decline and deterioration seem to similarly fascinate us. The sight of trees growing through concrete, deserted mine shafts reclaimed by nesting birds, and ghost towns in the middle of the desert remind us about the strength and the perseverance of nature.
In a world obsessed with excess, the following beautiful abandoned places are made so by subtraction. It’s the absence, the regression, and the return to nature that make them appealing. Whether it’s a train cemetery in Bolivia, a German sanitarium in disrepair, or an abandoned village in Italy, it’s clear that a place doesn’t have to be inhabited to capture the attention. These 45 sites are the most eerily beautiful abandoned places in the world.