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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Abandoned sites: This too shall pass

Ozymandias   (Photo by Hajor)
The world's great religions all warn against getting too attached to the things of this world.  Along with these warnings comes the reminder:  This too shall pass.

In case mere words just aren’t convincing enough, The Coolist offers a visual presentation of “Abandoned Places: 10 Creepy, Beautiful Modern Ruins.”

These sites include an abandoned Soviet submarine base in Ukraine, crumbling buildings in Detroit, a military hospital
(within which Hitler once recuperated) in Berlin, a City Hall subway station in New York, the Ryugyung Hotel in North
Korea, the “atomic city” of Pripyat near Chernobyl, an entire beach resort in Cyprus, a massive water park in Russia, a towering cathedral in Indiana, and British Sea Forts in the North Sea.

Due to financial constraints, some of these were abandoned before construction was even completed (Ryugyung Hotel and Russian water park).  Others became obsolete for political reasons (Soviet base
and British Sea Forts).  Economic and nuclear disasters took their respective tolls upon Detroit and Pripyat.

These sites may not have had as grand a history as Shelley’s Ozymandias, but they too are fading into the sunset that awaits us all.


Copyright November 19, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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