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Tourists have become fascinated with abandoned areas after the huge popularity of the TV show Chernobyl – set in the nuclear disaster exclusion zone

More than 150,000 visitors are expected to descend on the site in Ukraine this year alone.

Pripyat, the now deserted town once home to thousands of families working at the Chernobyl power plant before the devastating radiation leak in 1986, is a particular draw for fans of the HBO / Sky Atlantic mini-series. 

Ghost towns mapped

ABANDONED: Haunting images reveal the world’w eeriest ghost towns (Pic: DS )

Crucifix in Pripyat

HAUNTING: A crucifix in the town of Pripyat, Chernobyl (Pic: GETTY)

amusement park in Pripyat

LIFELESS: A barren amusement park in Pripyat (Pic: GETTY )

It is said that no humans will be able to live safely in the exclusion zone for more than 20,000 years

But Pripyat is just one of many abandoned civilisations across the globe. 

Here are some of the eeriest places humanity turned its back on. 

Famagusta

DESERTED: Once-thriving Famagusta in Cyprus (Pic: GETTY)

FAMAGUSTA, CYPRUS 

Famagusta’s 40,000 residents fled in 1974 after Turkish troops invaded northern Cyprus, splitting the country in two  and 45 years on it remains frozen in time. 

The city’s main resort, Varosha, was one of the most glamorous destinations in the Med, dubbed the French Riviera of Cyprus with A-list fans including Liz Taylor. 

But the now-decaying holiday hotspot became a no-go zone patrolled by armed guards ready to shoot on sight. Although tourists are permitted to visit the beach, taking photographs is strictly forbidden and trespassers risk death. 

Nature has taken control of Famagusta, forcing its way through homes and restaurants where plates and cutlery can be seen abandoned on tables as clothing eerily blows on washing lines. 

The daughter of one former resident described it as a “post-apocalyptic nightmare”, telling the BBC: “There are trees that have sprouted through living rooms. It’s a ghost town.” 

Abandoned home in Famagusta

EMPTY: A home where nature has taken over in Famagusta (Pic: GETTY)

Famagusta

DILAPIDATED: Empty churches and homes in Famgusta in 2017 (Pic: GETTY)

VILLA EPECUEN, CARHUE, ARGENTINA 

Spa town Villa Epecuén vanished after being submerged by monster floods when a massive dam burst its banks in 1985. 

The exclusive tourist resort was wiped out by of 30 feet water for 25 years before it eventually began to subside, revealing ghostly ruins. 

But now the so-called “drowned town” is back on the map as tourist flock to take pictures of the post-apocalyptic landscape. 

Pensioner Pablo Novak is thought to be the only resident who returned in 2009. 

Recalling the disaster, Mr Novak said: “I will never forget the sound of the water. A few days, later authorities told us: Epecuén is going to disappear.” 

Cemetery in Carhue, Argentina

DROWNED CITY: Flood waters destroyed this cemetery in Carhue, close to Villa Epecuen (Pic: GETTY )

Abandoned town in Fukushima, Japan

SILENT: Towns were wiped out after the Fukushima meltdown (Pic: GETTY )

FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN 

Around 200,000 people within a 20km radius were forced to evacuate after the killer 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami triggered a deadly meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. 

The devastating explosion was declared a maximum level 7 on the nuclear disaster scale – the same rating as Chernobyl – transforming a once thriving community into a deserted wasteland. 

Chilling pictures revealed how entire towns fell silent in the wake of the tragedy as the shells of shops and homes stood surrounded by empty streets. 

The government has since urged people to return to their homes with two neighbourhoods in Okuma declared safe in April. 

But radiation levels are said to be 20% higher than before the disaster – and just 13% of former residents actually want to go back, according to reports. 

Deserted town in Fukushima, Japan

DISASTER: Thousands were forced to flee Fukushima after the deadly 2011 earthquake (Pic: GETTY )

Abandoned miner's cabin in Rhyolite

FROZEN IN TIME: An abandoned miner’s cabin in Rhyolite (Pic: GETTY )

NEVADA, USA 

Death Valley is aptly home to a string of lifeless 19th and early 20th century mining towns, most famously Rhyolite. 

Rhyolite was one of the major towns founded during the infamous Gold Rush in 1905 but after when the gold ran out the population plummeted from 12,000 to close to zero by 1920. 

It’s crumbling remains – including a casino, bank, department store – are now used as the back drop for films including The Island. 

But the mass exodus saw hundreds of rattle snakes invade the deserted town. 

Rhyolite, Nevada

WASTELAND: An old shack in Rhyolite (Pic: GETTY )

TYNEHAM, DORSET 

Evacuated in November 1943 during the Second World War as part of the preparations for D-Day, Tyneham has stood still ever since. 

The tiny village is now tightly controlled by the Ministry of Defence and access is limited. 

But the eerie remains of its 225 residents – including cottages, a church, school, barn and granary all carefully preserved in time – are open to the public during the day. 

Tyneham, which is mentioned in the Doomsday book, is said to be one of the most haunted places in Dorset, with paranormal investigators claiming to have recorded voices at the site. 

Tyneham, Dorset

EVACUATED: Tyneham is said to be one of the most haunted places in Dorset (Pic: GETTY)

Tyneham in Dorset

EERIE: The village of Tyneham is close to Dorset’s Jurassic Coast (Pic: GETTY )

HIRTA ISLAND, SCOTLAND 

The final 36 people living in Hirta – the only inhabited island on the isolated St Kilda archipelago in the Outer Hebrides – were evacuated in 1930. 

The St Kildans begged the government to be resettled on the mainland amid fears they would not survive another blistering winter. 

Sheep tread the paths people used to on the island, often described as being “on the edge of the Earth”.

The eerie stone ruins – accessible only by boat – are now dwarfed by neighbouring Ministry of Defence military buildings.

Hirta Island

RUINS: The forgotten town of Hirta in the Outer Hebrides (Pic: GETTY )

Famous red copper mine in Kennecott

EXODUS: The last train left mining town Kennecott in 1938 (Pic: GETTY )

KENNECOTT, ALASKA 

The last train left Kennecott, home to one of the world’s richest sources of copper, on November 10, 1938 after supplies the precious metal dwindled. 

Just three people stayed in the once-bustling mining town, close to McCarthy in south-east Alaska, until the early 1950s when time stopped permanently. 

The town was meant to be completely demolished but the job was never finished and most of the buildings including the famous red mill are now a popular tourist attraction. 

Kennecott Copper mine

NO HOPE: Kennecott’s population dwindled as the copper supplies ran out (Pic: GETTY )

The village of Craco, Italy

BARREN: The village of Craco finally succumbed to devastating natural disasters (Pic: GETTY)

The inside of an abandoned property in Craco

ABANDONED: The inside of an old home in Craco (Pic: GETTY)

CRACO, ITALY 

The thousand-year-own hillside town of Craco survived severe famine and the black plague but finally succumbed to huge landslides, floods and earthquakes forcing its last remaining residents to flee in the 1980s.

The barren southern Italian medieval village, which sits on a steep 1300ft high cliff, include churches, palaces and original frescoes, now accessible only with a tour guide. 

But it returns to life during a series of religious festivals held throughout the year and has become a popular filming location, as seen in The Passion of the Christ and Quantum of Solace. 

Abandoned property in Craco, Italy

DECAYING: The ruins of a property in once-prosperous Craco (Pic: GETTY )

Futuristic building in Ordos

FUTURISTIC: But a fraction of the expected population actually moved to Ordos Kangbashi (Pic: GETTY )

ORDOS KANGBASHI, CHINA 

Life appears to have ground to a halt in Ordos Kangbashi, said to be the largest ghost town in China. 

Dubbed the “city of the future” in the heart of Inner Mongolia, Ordos was originally intended to accommodate 1million people complete with state of the art architecture and sports venues – except no one apparently wanted to move there. 

Developers later scaled back the project to house 300,000 but in 2017 just half that number were living in the so-called “failed utopia”, according to reports. 

Photographer Raphael Olivier described the city as a “post apocalyptic sosce station straight out of a science fiction movie.” 

China is said to have a ghost town in every province as the result of overdevelopment during a construction boom. 

Ordos Kangbashi

FAILED UTOPIA: Ordos has not been as popular as developers hoped (Pic: GETTY )

Oradour-Sur-Glane

ATROCITY: Almost 650 perished in Oradour-Sur-Glane (Pic: GETTY)

ORADOUR-SUR-GLANE, FRANCE 

Oradour-Sur-Glane was the scene of a horrific bloodbath during the Second World War which claimed the lives of all but six of its 648 residents. 

The devastating atrocity – the biggest Nazi massacre on French soil, in June 1944 – saw men gunned down and women and children burned alive. 

The charred remains of the town were sealed off and eerily preserved in time at the end of the war, in memory of those killed. 

More than 70 years later, the town’s ghostly bullet hole-strewn walls, burnt out buildings and mangled cars attract thousands of curious tourists every year. 

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