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By Amy Mullen, Realtor CPA | Agent in Marlborough, MA

Abandoned Places In The World

Thanks to a friend on Facebook, I saw this blog that has some amazing photographs of entire cities and towns that have been left behind for good. Three pages of empty buildings, houses and entire towns. Going into vacant homes with my buyers, I sometimes wonder if we’ll end up with entire streets like this in our own neighborhoods.  If these photos don’t give pause, they are at the very least some examples of fantastic photography from places across the globe that few of us will be able to visit personally.


This photo in particular caught my attention.  It is a house in Kolmannskuppe, Namibia.  Kolmannskuppe was a small town that was created to provide shelter for the workers in the diamond mines in the Namib Desert (stretching 1200 miles in length, but averaging a width of only 70 miles, this desert has some of the highest sand dunes in the world) in 1908.  After the diamond prices crashed at the end of World War I, most of the miners left to move to the next “hot” area.  The town was officially vacant in 1956. 

I am fond of this photo because of the placement of the windows and awnings.  The overall presentation of the house is really intriguing.  I have saved this on my computer, with several other photos from over the years, for when I build my own house.  Right now, this takes first place!

The blog writer has also provided some history of the cities or towns to go along with the pictures.  All in all…this is a fascinating blog!  http://www.dirjournal.com/info/abandoned-places-in-the-world/


By Odette Godin,  Sat Jul 24 2010, 05:17
Wow, what a great site. I was shocked to see the US in there. I will be sure to share this site. Thanks for the post
By David & Samuel Rifkin,  Tue Mar 26 2013, 11:34
Thank you for this great information.

Samuel Rifkin
The Rifkin Team

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